New Zealand is one of the most agriculturally diverse and efficient countries in the world. On the South Island, the Canterbury Plains, primarily devoted to agriculture and farming, lie between the coast and the mountains. Mt. Cook, Mt. Tasman and Mt. Sefton, some of the highest mountains in New Zealand, rise from Canterbury Plains and offer visitors glaciers, hot springs and beautiful mountain lakes.
The Southern Alps act as a barrier to moisture-laden winds coming west across the Tasmanian Sea, creating a dry climate on the east side. The plains speak to the role of New Zealand’s 68 million sheep and 2 million cattle in the country’s economy.
The city of Christchurch, not far from our destination of Lincoln University, sits nestled in the Southern Alps. Study will be based at Lincoln University, founded in 1878, as a school of agriculture. The main campus is surrounded by 730 hectares of University agricultural and horticultural properties. A further 350 hectares of University farmland is situated in Canterbury province, and a 650 hectares property is leased on Banks Peninsula.
Students will be housed at Lincoln University and attend classes daily. There will be several field trips each week to local livestock stations and cultural sites.