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.


NauMai NZ is a website created by Education New Zealand for international students anywhere in New Zealand. Use NauMai NZ to explore, learn new skills, make friends and learn ways to make the most of your time in New Zealand.

Events in and around Wellington

We encourage all international students to get involved in vibrant Wellington life, and summer is the best time to start. Meet new people, develop your skills, and prepare for studying next year. Here are some ideas for fun events around Wellington this summer.


Splash & Dash

Āhea | When: 5.30 pm–7.30 pm, Wednesday 7 December  
Ki hea | Where: Freyberg Beach 
Te utu | Cost: Free

Beginner or Pro, there is something for everyone. Held every second Wednesday after work, at Freyberg Beach on Oriental Parade. Race your heart out, or just toe the line and have some fun.

Martinborough Lavender Star Gazing

Āhea | When: 8.30 pm–11.30 pm, Friday 30 December  
Ki hea | Where: Ranui Essentials, 284c Dry River Road, Martinborough 
Te utu | Cost: $5 entry

Come along and bring your telescope, a torch, evening picnic and enjoy the view. Astronomy Guides will help you navigate the Martinborough night sky. Watch the sun set and pick some Lavender ($5 per bunch).

Pick Your Own Lavender

Āhea | When: 10.00 am–3.00 pm, Saturday 31 December
Ki hea | Where: Lavender Abbey, 351 Dalefield Road, Carterton 
Te utu | Cost: $2 entry

Bring a picnic and enjoy a slice of Provence with family and friends. This summertime 'must do', is to experience the beauty and breathe in the calming lavender aroma at Lavender Abbey.  Entry $2 per person, $5 PYO lavender bunch.


Zealandia by Day Tour

Āhea | When: 10 am–12 pm, everyday
Ki hea | Where: Zealandia Eco-Sanctuary 
Te utu | Cost: $55 per adult

The ultimate way to experience New Zealand's rare and amazing wildlife! Join one of experienced guides on an engaging and informative walk through the picturesque sanctuary to witness the native wildlife that is once again living in Wellington City.

Zealandia by Night Tour

Āhea | When: 8.00 pm–10.30 pm, everyday
Ki hea | Where: Zealandia Eco-Sanctuary 
Te utu | Cost: $85 per adult

The ultimate night-time adventures! Explore the sanctuary by torchlight as your guide leads you in search of some of the more distinctive sights and sounds of New Zealand’s native forest.


Wairapapa Wines Harvest Festival

Āhea | When: 11.00 am, 17 and 18 February
Ki hea | Where: Dakins Road, Gladstone Cartertone 
Te utu | Cost: $65.50 per adult

Celebrate the beginning of the 2023 grape harvest season by spending a day enjoying some of the best wine, food and entertainment Wairarapa has to offer.

Ōtaki Kite Festival

Āhea | When: 10.00 am, 18 and 19 February
Ki hea | Where: Ōtaki Beach 
Te utu | Cost: Free

Free, family friendly event, held on the beautiful Ōtaki Beach. Plan a trip to the Kāpiti Coast and see the spectacular kites at New Zealand's largest kite festival.

Other events

Food and Drink

Kāpiti Food Fair: December 3, Mazengarb Reserve

The annual Kāpiti Food Fair is back and gearing up to be an extravaganza of food, beverage, and music. With 250 vendors and two live performance stages, there will be something for everyone.

Wellington Wine and Food Festival: December 10, Waitangi Park

Get yourself a glass of top-notch local wine, a plate of delicious food, breezy Kiwi talent and you’ve got yourself the Wellington Wine and Food Festival.

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 places around Wellington that offer ‘pick your own’ (PYO) berries.

Event websites

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