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Queenstown & Wānaka, a new type of Student city

We have a range of educational offerings, an amazing environment to live in and many opportunities for students. Explore our course providers

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Queenstown & Wānaka are proudly known for tourism in New Zealand. Fortunately, that puts our community and environment at the forefront of innovation in tourism and hospitality as well as providing an abundance of learning opportunities.

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The regions’ education providers

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Outdoor Education

Tai Poutini Polytechnic

Tai Poutini Polytechnic
Tai Poutini Polytechnic
First Floor/15 Cliff Wilson Street, Wānaka 9305
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Flying

Wanaka Helicopters Limited

Wanaka Helicopters Limited
Wanaka Helicopters Limited
6 Lloyd Dunn Avenue, Wanaka Airport, Wanaka, New Zealand
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Outdoor Education

Snowtrainers

Snowtrainers
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High School

Mount Aspiring College

A co-educational Year 7 to 13 state secondary school located in Wānaka, New Zealand
Mount Aspiring College
101 Plantation Road, Wanaka, 9305
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English Language

ABC College of English

ABC College of English
ABC College of English
Sir Eion Edgar House, 7 Coronation Drive
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High School

Liger Academy

Empowering the next generation
Liger Academy
34 Grant Road | Queenstown | New Zealand
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Outdoor Education

Otago Polytechnic - Te Pukenga, Wanaka Campus, New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology

Otago Polytechnic - Te Pukenga
Otago Polytechnic - Te Pukenga, Wanaka Campus, New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology
First Floor/15 Cliff Wilson Street, Wānaka 9305
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English Language

Hospitality & Tourism

Culture

Beauty

Southern Institute of Technology

Southern Institute of Technology
Southern Institute of Technology
11 Hawthorne Dr, Frankton New Zealand
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English Language

Information Technology

LSNZ

Awesome Locations | Quality & Results | Work Rights
LSNZ
Level 2, Dart House, Remarkables Park Centre, Queenstown
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Flying

U Fly flight school

U Fly flight school
U Fly flight school
6 Spitfire Lane, Wanaka 9382
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Outdoor Education

Rookie Academy

Rookie Academy Ski Instructor Courses
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Culture

Information Technology

Hospitality & Tourism

Queenstown Resort College

Education for the Future
Queenstown Resort College
7 Coronation Drive, Queenstown,
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Outdoor Education

Sitco

Ski and snowboard instructor courses and performance camps, Queenstown, New Zealand.
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English Language

Culture

Information Technology

Southern Lakes English College

Southern Lakes English College
Southern Lakes English College
Level 1, 57 Shotover Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
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High School

Wakatipu High School

Wakatipu High School
Wakatipu High School
47-49 Red Oaks Drive, Frankton, Queenstown 9300
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Outdoor Education

Pure Exploration

Adventure Guide and Travel Programs
Pure Exploration
202 Glenda Drive, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Outdoor Education

ITC

Ski & Snowboard Instructor Training Centre
ITC
50 Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka, New Zealand
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Pathways to further study

Queenstown’s Learning Pathways

Did you know that you can complete a degree with as little as 7 months further study with one of QRC’s partner institutions?

Study options in Queenstown can fast-track your Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Business Management, Bachelor of Tourism Management or Bachelor of International Business Hotel & Tourism Management.

For more information about Degree pathways visit QRC below:

Degree Pathways
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Culture in queenstown

Arts, culture and creativity in Queenstown Lakes

The Queenstown Lakes District has a rich cultural life, home to a vibrant ecosystem of creative practitioners, businesses, filmmakers, community culture and heritage organisations, galleries, festivals and events.

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Graduate Stories

Success Beyond the Classroom: Real-Life Experiences from Queenstown and Wanaka Alumni

"As an international student, I can now call Queenstown home and I have found a career that I love"

Arjun, Ziptrek Eco-tours
Diploma in Adventure Tourism Management
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“When QRC students graduate, we're confident they have the skills to excel within our industry”

Employer - Heidi, Novotel
Diploma in Hospitality Management
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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

View our frequently asked questions for more information on studying in Queenstown.

What types of study programs are available in Queenstown?

Queenstown offers a variety of study programs including hospitality and tourism management, adventure tourism, business studies, and environmental science. Both diploma and degree programs are available through institutions such as Queenstown Resort College and Southern Institute of Technology.

What accommodation options are available for students?

Students can choose from on-campus housing for some courses, private rentals, homestays, or shared apartments. Queenstown is a popular tourist destination, so it’s advisable to arrange accommodation well in advance of the semester start date.

What can I do in Queenstown when I'm not studying?

There’s something for everyone here, but Queenstown is known for its outdoor activities and natural beauty. Students can enjoy skiing and snowboarding at the local ski fields, cross-country and downhill biking, hiking on one of the many walking tracks, and water sports like paddle boarding or kayaking on Lake Whakatipu. There are also many bars, cafes and restaurants for foodies and regular festival and events to experience like LUMA, the Arrowtown Autumn Festival and Snow Machine. Visit QueenstownNZ.co.nz for a full list of places to Eat & Drink, Things to Do and Events.

What is the climate like in Queenstown?

One of the best things about Queenstown is experiencing four distinct seasons. Summer (December to February) is warm with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 30°C – perfect for a quick dip in the lake or a hike up Ben Lomond. In Autumn the region turns red and gold (March to May) – a great time to check out the local bike trails around Arrowtown or visit a local winery. Winter (June to August) are cold and crisp. Snow falls on the surrounding mountains (and occasionally in town) - ideal for winter sports enthusiasts keen to hit the slopes. During Spring (September to November) the region turns green again and bursts into bloom – a great time to try some spring ski conditions or try a multi-day walk in one of the nearby National Parks.

How do I choose the right program in Queenstown for my career goals?

Consider attending open days, talking to career counsellors or consulting with faculty members in your field of interest. Understanding the curriculum and how it aligns with your career aspirations is crucial in making the right choice for your study.

What are the tuition fees like for courses in Queenstown?

Tuition fees for domestic and international students vary depending on the institution and program of study. Specific fee details can be found on the websites of the respective educational institutions.

How do I get involved in campus and Queenstown life?

In Queenstown there are various clubs, societies, sports teams, and volunteer opportunities. Getting involved is as easy as attending club meetings, joining sports teams, or participating in community service projects organized by the institution you’re studying with and the wider Queenstown community.

What kind of financial aid is available for students?

Domestic students may qualify for government student loans and allowances through StudyLink. Additionally, individual institutions ofte offer scholarships.

Are there part-time study options available in Queenstown?

Yes, many institutions in Queenstown offer part-time study options, allowing students to balance their studies with work or other commitments. This flexibility can be particularly useful for those who are continuing their education while working.