About New Zealand
Welcome to Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud
New Zealand is renowned for it’s clean green natural image, scenery, adventure and culture. Enjoy the Great Outdoors and friendly people. New Zealand’s spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deep fjords and lush temperate rainforests.
Comparable in size and/or shape to Great Britain, Colorado or Japan, New Zealand has a population of only 4 million – making it one of the world’s least crowded countries. It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers. A temperate climate with relatively small seasonal variation makes it an ideal year-round holiday destination.
With vast open spaces filled with stunning rugged landscapes, gorgeous beaches, often spectacular geothermal and volcanic activity, a temperate climate and fascinating animal and plant life, and it is no surprise that New Zealand’s pure natural environment is so attractive to visitors from other countries. And the great advantage of New Zealand is there are many different landscapes, environments, and ecosystems so close to each other. More information can be found on the New Zealand Tourist website.
Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island, with a population of above 350 000. It’s internationally famed “The Garden City” with extensive inner city public and private gardens and parks. Some must-sees are Christchurch Cathedral, the weekend Arts Centre market and the International Antarctic Centre.
The main beaches of Christchurch are New Brighton, Sumner and Taylor’s Mistake, all of them excellent for swimming, surfing and sailing. With the mountains just only one and a half hour away, skiers and snowboarders from all over the world enjoy Canterbury’s diverse snow fields. More information can be found on the Christchurch City Council Promotions Website.
University of Canterbury
HIT Lab NZ is part of the University of Canterbury, which was established in 1873, and is New Zealand’s second oldest university. The university has an international reputation for academic excellence in both research and teaching. The spacious campus is located in the suburb of Ilam, about 5 km from the city centre.