International students experience NZ city life first-hand
Students visit Auckland waterfront (left) and Christchurch students at the Botanic Gardens (right)
International students from China, South Korea, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, the USA, and the Philippines gathered together at NZTC’s Auckland and Christchurch campuses to explore their new cities during orientation week in February.
In Christchurch, students started their city tour at the Margaret Mahy Family Playground, a quirky, interactive addition to the city that forms part of the Christchurch rebuild project following the 2011 earthquake.
Students took in the sights, including the popular heritage trams that they can use to travel the city, as they walked to one of the city’s most famous landmarks – Cathedral Square – which is home to the historic Christ Church Cathedral.
A visit to the Botanic Gardens for a picnic capped off students’ tour of the Garden City and orientation week, and they returned to the campus with the knowledge needed to kick off their studies with NZTC.
Auckland students were introduced to the city’s public transport system as they set off to catch the train at Greenlane station, located conveniently close to the college’s Auckland Campus, and headed into the city.
“The buses and trains in New Zealand are very on time. I really like the Auckland Transport app, which lets me check the time schedules and plan my journey so I know exactly which bus stop or train station I need to go to and when,” said Malaysian student Yun Jau Wong.
Students visited the Auckland waterfront, where they were greeted by the azure-blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and scenic views of the Hauraki Gulf. There, they were shown the Ferry Terminal to see where ferries leave to popular destinations such as Waiheke Island.
They also stopped at popular spots like Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter – a hub of restaurants, cafés, and public events – catching a glimpse of Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower on their way.
“Visiting the waterfront gave me my first taste of Kiwi culture. I loved the many yachts along the harbour, and the spots where I could stop along the way to learn more about Māori culture,” said Level 5 student Juyeon Whang, who hails from South Korea.
Students then hopped on a bus to Auckland War Memorial Museum, a treasure trove of artefacts and exhibitions that paint a picture of New Zealand’s history and culture.
After taking in the sights of the museum, students headed to a spot in Auckland’s oldest park to end their orientation week by joining together in teams and performing songs and dances that can be shared at their early childhood centres.
“It was very helpful attending orientation week. The NZTC team taught us a lot, sharing all the information that we need to begin our studies and life in New Zealand,” said Yun Jau.