International student summer support

Read our information on support and opportunities for international students to get involved with the community, as well as make new friends, over this period.

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International student support team

The international student support team is available for students, whether studying on campus or online.

Financial support

The Student Finance team are here to support students and offer confidential and non-judgemental financial, mentoring, and budgeting advice. Call 0800 04 04 04 or email for an appointment with a student finance adviser. They can also advise you on applications to the Hardship Fund, an emergency fund to help students facing financial difficulties.

Students who were planning to return home over the summer holidays and are unable to for a period of time due to COVID-19 may be eligible for New Zealand Government emergency financial assistance. Certain criteria will need to be met. If eligible, these payments can help with basic living costs while you are trying to return to your home country.

To apply, you must visit a Work and Income office. You cannot apply online or over the phone. Visa holders can apply from 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.

For more information about this option and support to return home, please contact our International Student Support team at Wellington University International,


NauMaiNZ is a website created by Education New Zealand for international students anywhere in New Zealand. Use NauMaiNZ to explore, learn new skills, and make friends over summer.

Wellington University International summer photo competition

Share your Kiwi summer experience through the Kiwi summer photo competition and be in to win Vic Books vouchers. Prizes will be awarded at the summer photo competition prizegiving function in February 2021 based on student votes. More information about the student function in February will provided through the Wellington University International student newsletter in January 2021.

Submit up to three photos per entry from 1 December 2020 through to 1 February 2021 under any of the following categories:

  1. Kiwi summer experience
  2. Landscapes and landmarks
  3. So...this happened....
  4. Open category

Photos must be submitted by email to before 1 February 2021. Please include your full name, student ID, and contact phone number. Please ensure your photos are high resolution (JPG, PNG, or GIF files).

Events in and around Wellington

We encourage all international students to get involved with the University’s events and activities to meet new people, develop your skills, and prepare for studying next year. Here are some ideas for other fun events around Wellington this summer:


Gardens Magic 2021 (11 January–28 January)

With different artists playing each night and a wide range of genres represented, Gardens Magic is a great way to enjoy the Botanic Gardens' lush landscape. Getting some friends together and packing yourselves a picnic is an awesome way to enjoy the Wellington summer.

Welly weekend (23 January–25 January)

Come down to the waterfront for some family friendly activities held during Wellington Anniversary weekend. The weekend kicks off with the annual Pasifika festival, a range of fun activities and shows, as well as a fireworks display on Sunday evening. The event also hosts a range of food stalls to satisfy any craving.

Wellington Pasifika festival (23 January)

The Wellington Pasifika festival highlights the unique culture of each Pacific island through performances, activities, and food. It is a great opportunity for all Pacific people to celebrate and share their culture with others.

Wellington waterfront clean up (26 January)

Looking for a way to give back to the community? Why not spend the day learning about sustainable practices and help clean up our beautiful city. The Wellington Museum is partnering with Sustainable Coastlines to deliver a community clean-up project on the capital’s waterfront.


Waitangi whānau film night (5 February)

Māoriland film festival will be presenting a programme of short films followed by a kiwi classic, Poi E. Grab some rugs, pack a picnic, and enjoy a relaxed evening celebrating Waitangi Day.

Island Bay festival (14 February)

The Island Bay festival features markets, food, rides, amusement rides, music and much more. There is also a parade and variety show. This is a great day out to celebrate the end of Trimester 3 and welcome in the new Trimester.

Other events

Pick your own berries

Nothing says summer like picking your own berries. This activity is perfect for a sunny summer day out with friends. Read about the different places around Wellington that offer ‘pick your own’ berries.

Pop up shops

Looking for presents or something for yourself and want to support local? Try out these local pop up shops around Wellington

  • Waterfront Pop Up Village (Taranaki Wharf)—Located along the waterfront, these shipping containers are created as little boutiques filled with local art and design. Come visit for unique gifts, apparel, jewellery, homeware and so much more.
  • Craft Central Pop Up Shop (Courtenay Central)—This pop up brings you a collection of local art and craft design with a range of products—a great place to shop for both young and old.

Event websites

Like what you see? For more events like this and many more, have a look at the following websites: