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New Zealand is a relatively small country with a population of approximately 3.7 million people. Located in the south west of the Pacific Ocean, the unique country contains a diverse range of landscapes and climatic conditions extending throughout two major islands, the North Island and the South Island, and a third, smaller island, Stewart Island. The choppy Cook Strait divides the North and South Islands.

Many people are drawn to Auckland's world renowned attractions, which lure visitors from around the globe. Sky City is a multi-faceted complex encircling entertainment venues such as the Sky Tower (the Southern Hemisphere's tallest tower), Auckland's thrilling Casino and a delightful 700 seat theatre. Gift shops, fabulous restaurants and bars, a conference centre and the Sky City's famous hotel complete the complex. The Auckland Zoo, Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World and New Zealand's only theme park, Rainbow's End, provide interesting entertainment, as do the wide array of adventure activities.

Homestay Accommodation

Active Institute’s homestay service is an excellent way of experiencing the New Zealand way of life and culture. You will become part of a New Zealand family that ensures you will hear and use English in a home environment. You will be picked up from the airport and taken directly to your homestay family. Your homestay family will provide you with:

* Your own furnished room
* Breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week
* Free transportation to school every morning
* Free transportation from school every afternoon
* Opportunities to improve your English speaking and listening skills
* Access to laundry and kitchen facilities

The cost is approximately NZ$250 per person per week and a one time real estate fee of NZ$250 will apply. Please note that students under the age of 18 years must remain in homestay accommodation for their entire enrolment period unless prior arrangement has been made by a parent or appointed guardian.

Rental Accommodation

Renting or flatting is another option. You may like to rent a flat by yourself or share a house or apartment with one or more persons. This option includes houses, flats or apartments. We recommend that students do not organise private accommodation until they have settled in NZ and are familiar with their new environment. Rental accommodation can be found through a Real Estate Agent or through local newspapers.

Approximate costs are between NZ$200 to NZ$350 per person per week. Other costs may include Electricity, Telephone Rental, Food and Transport.

Code of Practice

Active Institute is a signatory to the NZ Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of International Students, as established under section 238F of the Education Act 1989.

Active Institute has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Minister of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from this institution or from the NZQA website.

Health and Travel Insurance

Most students are not entitled to publicly funded services while in NZ unless they are a resident or citizen of Australia; or a national of the United Kingdom in NZ The holder of a temporary permit that is valid for two years or more. If you do not belong to one of these special categories and you receive medical treatment during your visit, you will be liable for the full costs of that treatment. We strongly recommend that you have insurance that will cover your stay in NZ. We also strongly recommend that you obtain insurance to cover your travel to and from NZ.

Visa and Immigration

Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in NZ while studying, and reporting requirements are available through the NZ Immigration Service, and can be viewed on their website.

For further information contact Rob Moattar.

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