The Auckland Queen Street campus and the Tauranga Durham Street campus are located conveniently in each of the cities Central Business District (CBD), the hub of student and big city activity. The buildings are modern and well-appointed. You’ll enjoy hanging out in the student lounge between classes, where you’ll have access to computers and free wireless internet throughout the building.
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city with a sub tropical climate, beautiful beaches within the city boundaries and an international cosmopolitan lifestyle.
The Campus is in the middle of Queen Street which is the hub of big city activity. Queen Street caters to all tastes, with top international shops such as Gucci and Luis Vuitton and an amazing selection of cafes to suit a wide variety of ethnic tastes. Students will certainly find shopping and food that appeals to them.
The city library is around the corner from the campus and provides excellent resources to enable our students meet their educational requirements. This wonderful library offers so much academic material as well as being a meeting place for other students living and studying in the city.
At the bottom of Queen Street the ferries and buses leave for the different parts of Auckland. A ride on the ferry to Devonport or Waiheke Island is definitely a must so experience our beautiful suburbs and beaches. Waiheke Island is well known for it’s wineries and restaurants and it is easy to spend a day or enjoying the peace and quiet with a glass of wine.
The night life of Auckland is centred at the top of Queen Street in the surrounds of Karangahape Rd, and in the student quarter where the student apartments and hostels are situated.
The Sky Tower a popular tourist attraction and stands tall at 328 meters as an icon of Auckland’s sky line for almost 20 years. It’s an exciting hub of adrenaline activities, superb dining and breathtaking views.
If you are outdoor oriented, there are many options. To the North are the beautiful Waitakere ranges where there are numerous bush walks and beautiful bays to visit. Sea fishing and yachting are popular activities both in the estuaries and harbours and adjacent seas. It is very important that you get good safety advice from experienced New Zealanders, as our seas and harbours can become quite dangerous very quickly.
The America’s Cup, the most prestigious sailing regatta in the world is likely to be held here, with all the action minutes from Queen Street.
Because of the size of Auckland City there are plenty of choices for those looking for their twenty hours a week work. Currently workers are in short supply in most of New Zealand.Our campus is right in the middle of all the action, yet handy to transport if you choose to live in the outer suburbs.
Quick facts about Auckland
- New Zealand’s largest city
- Estimated 1.4 million people
- Multi cultural society
- You can walk from the Pacific Ocean to the Tasman Sea in four hours
- Auckland has the largest Pacific Island population in the world
- Auckland airport is the major International airport with links to the rest of New Zealand.
- The climate is mild to subtropical, and summer is November till March with the winter months being June to September. There is no rainy season – the rain is spread throughout the year.
- Auckland is surrounded by the sea and is often known as the “City of Sails.
Tauranga Durham Street Campus
Tauranga is situated in the Bay of Plenty and is about three hours drive South East of Auckland and is the fastest growing city in New Zealand.
It has the largest port in the country, so the harbour is the hub of activity and of course jobs.
The Bay of Plenty is well known for its horticulture industry, particularly the growing of kiwifruit and avocados. These industries, along with the excellent cafes and restaurants provide an excellent opportunity to under take the 20 hours work that study visas usually
Our campus is situated in the University and Polytechnic precinct in the Tauranga CBD. The City will be extensively landscaping the streets around our campus in the next year and it will be very beautiful with tree lined walkways and sitting areas. Our campus has friendly sized rooms with a large common room, leading out to an outside seating area where our students can enjoy fresh air and conversation. This outside space is a
real bonus on an inner city campus. It is only three blocks to the popular “Strand” the street lined with cafes and restaurants
catering for a assortment of tastes. The newly developed harbour area is a beautiful place to enjoy a summer evening walk or a lunchtime break.
Tauranga and the adjacent suburb of Mount Maunganui have the most beautiful beaches estuaries and harbours. “The Mount (Mauao)” as it is known is the mecca for young people during the summer months who flock to the camping grounds and beaches. New Year is the height of the social calendar with the youth partying in the many cafes and bars along the
Accommodation in Tauranga is usually in flats where a group share a house. This is a very affordable way of living and it is easy to make new friends in a relaxed environment. There are also backpackers, although these tend to be very full in the holiday season, The bus station is two blocks away from the Stellaris campus, and all the Tauranga buses leave from the one place. Students receive an ID card which gives them discounted suburban bus travel.
The airport is very close to the city, just over the bridge over the harbour. There is an efficient feeder service to the main cities such as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Many students choose to travel to Tauranga either by car – their own, shuttle or a rental or bus. The bus service from Tauranga to Auckland and vice versa can be extremely cheap and is well worth exploring as an option. Tauranga offers a relaxed, fun atmosphere, great outdoor activities, a youth culture in summer, and plenty of part time work.
Quick facts about Tauranga
- Approximately 150,000 people
- Largest port in New Zealand
- Famous for its kiwifruit and avocados
- The Mount is for the young in summer – great swimming, surfing and fishing and bars.
- A number of hot thermal swimming pools to relax in.
- Excellent sporting opportunities, particularly in cricket, football, hockey, rugby and life saving.
- Great part time work in restaurants, bars and the kiwi fruit industry