No matter where you are in the world, you’ll hear of someone who has been on holiday in New Zealand. Despite being isolated from the majority of other 3rd world countries, people still seem more than content to sit on a plane for 20 – 30 hours to get there.

So, what does New Zealand offer that countries on the other side of the world can’t? Unlike some countries in the world that have strong international tourist appeal for one or two reasons, New Zealand has a host of things that continue to attract hoards of foreigners to its shores every year.

The country has diverse landscapes that are “clean and green”, its people are rich in Maori culture, it’s very relaxing and there are lots of things to do and see no matter which part of the country you are in.

New Zealand is so popular that non-English speaking people are moving over here to study English as a second language. The education system is of high standard, particularly in Christchurch, which is situated on the east coast of the south island.

Admittedly, there are huge numbers of people pouring into Auckland each year. This is no surprise being that Auckland is by far the largest city in the country, with over a quarter of the population living there. Understandably, there are greater opportunities for employment there. However, not everyone is a fan of Auckland, or the north island for that matter.

The South Island is quintessential New Zealand. Its landscapes are incredible, with the Southern Alps running down the middle from top to bottom. Christchurch has the island’s only international airport and is the obvious choice to study English as a second language.

The “Garden City”, as it is known, has very highly rated educational institutes and facilities. What’s more, the city is beautiful, wonderfully accessible on foot, and accessible by vehicle to some of the most picturesque spots in the country. Queenstown is the country’s 2nd most visited place and not far from here you’ll find the world famous Milford Sound and Wanaka. Other popular spots to discover from Christchurch are Mt Cook, Franz Josef Fox Glacier and Kaikoura. It’s the combination of these spots that contribute to New Zealand’s huge international tourist appeal.

If you do choose to study English as a second language in Christchurch, then you might find yourself tempted to remain in the city, or at least New Zealand for several years following completion of your course. Once you adapt to the culture and the country’s everyday life, you’ll find it difficult to leave.

About the Author

CCEL (Christchurch College of English Ltd) is a privately-owned English language school located on the University of Canterbury campus in Christchurch. CCEL works in partnership with the University and provides international students with a pathway to further study. Study English in Christchurch: www.ccel.co.nz

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