International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987


Available Excursions for Palmerston North

Excursions may not be available for all programs and sessions.

Hau Ariki Marae and Winery Tour

Explore the Lower North Island outside of Wellington and take an overnight trip to Martinborough in the Wairarapa to sleep overnight on a marae, learning important aspects of Maori culture, before checking out Martinborough's world renown wineries. Before formally welcomed onto the marae, and... Read More

Matiu Island

Matui Island, also known as Somes Island, in Wellington Harbour, is not just a spot of significance to the Maori people indigenous to the area, or a piece of New Zealand military history; it is also an amazing nature preserve, cared for by the Department of Conservation. On this one island,... Read More


Owlcatraz Native Bird and Wildlife Park is an animal preserve located in Shannon, New Zealand. Owlcatraz helps to conser the ruru, or morepork, an owl species native to New Zealand. The are no cages or glass, so it?s possible to interact with the animals during the guided tour. And handfeed the... Read More

Rotorua Bridging Cultures Program

Every ISA student participating in a semester or year program in New Zealand will begin their adventure abroad with a four day Bridging Cultures Program in Rotorua, the adventure capital of New Zealand's North Island. The Bridging Cultures Program is a multi-day orientation that blends... Read More

Spring/Fall Break Excursions

Optional for some or all sessions
In addition to the ISA included excursions in Australia, semester or year abroad students will have the opportunity to participate in optional spring/fall break excursions. The purpose of these trips is to give students exciting options to explore their host country or another unique destination... Read More

Weta Workshop

Discover the heart of New Zealand's film production industry at the Weta Workshop, a multi-award winning design studio and physical manufacturing facility. Many of the fantastic visual effects and creative pieces originate from this workshop in the center of "Wellywood," including those... Read More