Welfare: All Education members are signatories to the Code or Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. This is a quality assurance document administered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Education institutions take this seriously and are committed to providing the best quality care for students. Long before students step off the plane, the education providers are there helping students with learning assistance, affordable accommodation, and ongoing care and support.
Health:Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly-funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website at www.moh.govt.nz
Transport: Most of New Zealand’s cities are relatively small, so it is easy to get around. Day to day commuting in the city is often by bus, biking or walking. There are good bus networks in the main cities (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin), plus Auckland and Wellington also have commuter rail and ferries.
Rail, bus, ferries
Flying is popular for longer trips, for both personal and business travel.
It’s only an hour to fly between Auckland and Wellington, compared to eight or so hours driving. The Wellington-Christchurch flight is about 50 minutes, compared to a five or six hour driving plus a three hour ferry trip. Of course, if you have time and want to see New Zealand, you may prefer the drive.