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 student-hardship@vuw.ac.nz for an appointment with a student finance adviser. They can also advise you on applications to the Hardship Fund.

NauMaiNZ

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.

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. Prize winners will be contacted by email in February 2022. You can submit up to three photos per entry from 18 December 2021 through to 31 January 2022 under any of the following categories:

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

Photos must be submitted by email to international-support@vuw.ac.nz before 31 January 2022. Please include your full name, student ID, and contact phone number. Please ensure your photos are high resolution files and in JPG, PNG, or GIF file format.

Events in and around Wellington

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

December

Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings (4 December–27 March)

The Secret Paintings is your chance to see radically abstract paintings by the Swedish artist who rewrote art history. This exhibition is a New Zealand exclusive.

Chiharu Shiota: The web of time (12–20 December)

Web of Time is a two-storey high art installation that creates the vision of a night sky studded with constellations of numbers.

Destination Mars (11 December–20 March 2022)

Destination Mars lets you head into outer space on an interactive experience—where gaming wizardry plus captivating live action equals high-stakes adventure!

January

Zealandia Te Mara a Tane by Night Tour (1 January–24 October 2022)

Explore the Zealandia ecological sanctuary by torchlight. Your guide will lead you in search of some of the more distinctive sights and sounds of New Zealand’s native forest.

February

Wellington Pet & Animal Expo (12–13 February)

The Wellington Pet & Animal Expo is the happiest show of all to attend. Now into its fifth year, the show is bigger and better, with plenty to keep even the fussiest pet lover satisfied.

Fried Chicken Fest (25–26 February)

Spend the day in legendary Frank Kitts Park at Wellington’s premier event of the summer! The Fried Chicken Fest brings together the best fried chicken vendors. Get more information on the EventFinda site

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

Pop up shops

Looking for presents or something for yourself and want to support local? Try out local pop up shops around Wellington, like the Waterfront Pop Up Village (Taranaki Wharf). Located along the waterfront, these shipping containers have been created to be little boutiques filled with local art and design. Visit for unique gifts, clothes, jewellery, homewares, and more.

Event websites

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