National Expedition & Internship

Student stories of exploring New Zealand


June 2017

Guest Blog: So Much More than a Farm

By Gigi Holst, Montana State University Hohepa is a community non-profit farm and residence who's motto is, "every life fully lived". This doesn't strike most people as the slogan of a farm, which is what makes it so interesting. This... Continue Reading →


Guest Blog: Exploring Ruahine Forest Park

By Emily Cordell, Northwestern Missouri State University¬† After a suggestion from a coworker, Sam, Andy and I decided to make the hike up to Sunrise Hut in Ruahine Forest Park on Friday, 23 June. With a steep, two-hour hike in... Continue Reading →

Continuing Our Journey As Temporary Kiwis

On June 18th, our group decided to get up before the sun and drive to the beach to catch the sunrise. Though, it was not just any sunrise, it was the first sunrise in the entire world. Gisborne, New Zealand... Continue Reading →

Could you be a Kiwi?

There are three types of "kiwi" in the New Zealand: Kiwi the fruit, Kiwi the bird, and Kiwi the people. Do not get confused! If you say I ate a kiwi someone might look at you funny. You should say... Continue Reading →

Moo-ving On: Finishing the Expedition

On June 7 and June 8, the Agriculture and Environment students traveled to their last stops of the expedition. We stopped at two Massey University research farms in the North Island. Our focus was learning about pastoral farming, the research... Continue Reading →

Exploring New Zealand with New Friends

On June 12th, roughly thirty people from all of the states came together with the common interest of wanting to explore New Zealand and gain internship experience. Each of us comes from a different background and have different experiences but... Continue Reading →

Hey everyone!

Hey guys! I'm Jeanine. I'm from Greenville, South Carolina, but I've been living in Charleston, South Carolina for the last few years. I am currently studying marketing at the College of Charleston. I chose to participate in this program because... Continue Reading →

90’s Kids for the Win

June 16th Another roadside attraction thanks to our Haka Tours tour guide, a play ground! Immediately all nostalgia was brought back for these 20-24 year olds! Everyone had so much fun playing on the facilities all the way from wiping... Continue Reading →

“I’m on a Boat”

June 15th Our #NZexplorers traveled on the Interislander Ferry to get from the South Island to the north island where the rest of the expedition will take place! One explorer Julia Morris an up-and-coming Junior at Point Park in Pennsylvania... Continue Reading →

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