Orientation

On arrival to New Zealand your first port of call is the IFSA-butler orientation – which has been carefully designed to help you get over jet-lag; introduce you to some New Zealand outdoor activities; have fun; make friends and to inform you on New Zealand health and safety issues and the “Kiwi” way of life. You’ll get to meet and spend time with fellow IFSA-Butler students from all over the US. Orientation is also a great opportunity to get to know the IFSA-Butler team including your Student Support Coordinator (SSC) and the staff from the New Zealand office. Your SSC is your on-site staff member that will be with you for the entire semester, so they are a good person to get to know. The IFSA-Butler staff profiles can be found in the About Us section of this website. Read on for everything you need to know about orientation and arriving in your new home country. View our staff profiles

Shakespear Regional Park

Orientation is held at YMCA Shakespear Lodge, Shakespear Regional Park on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula about a one hour drive north of Auckland. Read More...»

Marae Visit

The other thing that makes the IFSA-Butler New Zealand orientation so unique is that you will get to interact with a Māori community and stay on a Marae. As part of this experience, students: Read More...»

NZ And Life As A Student Here

Students are introduced to New Zealand through a number of briefings. Read More...»

Packing for Orientation

New Zealand has a temperate (not tropical) climate and weather conditions are extremely variable all year round. Read More...»

Arrival Information

Print this page and bring in your carry-on luggage. Read More...»

Independent Traveler

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Useful Pre-Arrival Web-links

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It is the ideal setting for adjusting to New Zealand. Set on rolling hills on the coast, overlooking Auckland Harbour, the lodge is just a couple of minutes walk to the beach, through lush semi-tropical bush. Sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, mountain biking, orienteering, learning to play rugby are just but a few of the activities you’ll get to try. If you prefer a more leisurely pace there are plenty of great spots to curl up with a book…..and we highly recommend everyone goes for a soak in natural geo-thermal hot-pools to rid themselves of plane aches and cramps. And then there is the kai (food)! Aaahhhh the food! Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
  • Take part in a Powhiri (traditional Māori welcome)
  • Sample food cooked in a Hangi ( food cooked in the ground using heated rocks)
  • Be entertained by a Kapa Haka performance (traditional song and dance)
  • Receive an overview of Māori and NZ history from a respected member of the community
  • And spend a night in a Whare nui (Meeting House)
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  • The NZ Pub-less Quiz, an interactive cultural, health and safety session
  • Marae Briefing
  • Introduction to the NZ academic system
Your Student Liaison Officer will take you through:
  • A campus and city overview
  • The IFSA-Butler events planned for you for the semester
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  • The Orientation site does not have air-conditioning or any heating
  • Pack Orientation items in a separate bag or near the top of your luggage
  • New Zealand has strict quarantine regulations – if in doubt declare it!
  • Clean all hiking gear including boots and tent
  • Pack wisely to avoid excess luggage charges.  For information about baggage allowances visit Air New Zealand’s web site .
Sleeping Bag   Shorts…x 2
Raincoat with hood   T- shirts…x 2
Warm sweater…x 2 …eg fleece   Polypro clothing (or similar)…
Long pants…x 2   Bathing Suit
Warm socks…x 2   Towel…x 2 recommended
Sturdy walking shoes/hiking boots Sandals Sun glasses Sun hat Sunscreen SleepwearPlastic bag (for wet items!)
 
Clean and tidy clothes for Marae visit (smart casual, jeans are fine) Camera Journal and pen Toiletries Medications
Note: Please also remember to bring a copy of your transcript from your last completed semester. Some universities may require transcripts to determine you meet course pre-requisites. Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
Printer-friendly Version Print this sheet and bring in your carry-on luggage. Meeting the IFSA-Butler staff
  • All students are met by IFSA-Butler staff at the Arrival Hall
  • A staff member will be holding an IFSA-Butler sign
  • Ensure you check-in with one of the IFSA-Butler team
  • If you are delayed in the Customs area, don’t panic we won’t leave without you
Lost Luggage
  • Address for lost luggage: YMCA Shakespear Lodge Whangaparaoa
  • Complete a claim form and retain a copy of this document
  • The lost luggage should be delivered to the Orientation site before you travel to your host university
Phones
  • There are public phones in the Arrivals hall that accept international calling cards
  • You will have time to phone home before heading out
  Money
  • A bank and ATM are also in the Arrivals hall
  • You will only need approximately $NZ 50 for the duration of Orientation
Travel to your NZ University
  • At the end of Orientation your Student Liaison Officer will accompany you to your host university
  • All students (except those studying at the University of Auckland), will take a domestic flight to their host city
  • Please note that you must arrange and pay for your own transportation back to Auckland International Airport at the end of your time in New Zealand. If you choose to fly to Auckland, make sure your flight connects with your international flight within 24 hours or you will be subject to domestic baggage allowances (see “Baggage Allowances”).
New Zealand Office Free-phone For Calls in NZ
  1. If you need any assistance once you arrive call the New Zealand office on the free-phone number Ph 0800-202-171, if it is an emergency call the Emergency Pager Ph 0800-700-14
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Printer-friendly Version Meeting the group
  • If you are not traveling on the group flight then you need to arrange a flight that lands at Auckland International Airport before the group flight’s arrival
  • If you are already in New Zealand, then you need to be back in Auckland at Auckland International Airport no later than half an hour after the group flight lands
  • To confirm arrival date and time of your New Zealand university’s group flight check the on-line Advantage Travel forms
Meeting Point
  • IFSA-Butler New Zealand staff will be waiting for all students in the Arrivals Hall of the International Terminal, on the side closest to McDonalds.
  • A staff member will be holding an IFSA-Butler sign.
  • Ensure you check in with one of the IFSA-Butler team.
  • If you are unable to find it, ask one of the information staff wearing a blue uniform.
Orientation
  1. The IFSA-Butler Orientation is held several hours north of Auckland and starts once the group flight lands, so if you miss the group you will be expected to make your own way there (which is an expensive option!)
  2. It runs for four days and all students are expected to attend
Accommodation pre-Orientation
  1. We recommend that you pre-book accommodation if you are planning to stay in Auckland prior to Orientation
  2. You are responsible for your own accommodation and luggage storage arrangements prior to Orientation
Travel to your NZ University
  1. At the end of Orientation your Student Liaison Officer will accompany you to your host university
  2. All students (except those studying at the University of Auckland), will take a domestic flight to their host city
  3. IFSA-Butler will arrange your travel to your host city
  4. Please note that you must arrange and pay for your own transportation back to Auckland International Airport at the end of your time in New Zealand. If you choose to fly to Auckland, make sure your flight connects with your international flight within 24 hours or you will be subject to domestic baggage allowances (see “Baggage Allowances”).
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New Zealand Tourism Website go to: http://www.newzealand.com/travel/International/ For information about luggage allowances with Air NZ go to: www.airnz.co.nz/travelinfo/baggageinformation For helpful tips about NZ arrival procedures go to: http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/enter/personal For information about restricted goods that you need to declare on entry in New Zealand go to the New Zealand Customs site: www.customs.govt.nz/travellers/ Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5