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  • NZ Lighthouse

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    The highlight of New Zealand was being able to go out and explore one of the most beautiful countries I have ever seen every weekend. This is a picture from the Catlins -- an area on the southeastern tip of the South Island. I will come back…

  • Credit: Henry Taylor
  • Major: Biology
  • Tags: New Zealand
  • Found in the Distance

  • The great irony of study abroad for me, was how much I learned about myself. As I left behind all that I knew, all that I had ever known, I found myself. I grew more and learned more things about who I am while I was abroad than I ever thought…

  • Credit: Connor Tinen
  • Tags: New Zealand
  • The Castle Without Walls

  • As my friends and I drove south one afternoon towards the end of my time in New Zealand, we made a quick stop at a popular beach. There, in the midst of the rise and fall of the ocean, my dear friend climbed atop a rock. There she stood, safe from…

  • Credit: Connor Tinen
  • Tags: New Zealand
  • When One Door Closes...

  • My first weekend in New Zealand I got a chance to get away and camp on a beach. The next morning, I woke up to this sunrise over the ocean and these seals sitting nearby. The crash of the waves, the cry of the seals, the salty taste of the air,…

  • Credit: Connor Tinen
  • Tags: New Zealand
  • Where Heaven Meets Earth

  • New Zealand was by far the most beautiful place I have ever seen in my entire life. The color of the water was unreal and the way the clouds rest on the mountain was probably the coolest place I have ever seen. I am counting down the days until I can…

  • Credit: Haylee Bergstrom
  • Tags: New Zealand
  • Reflecting

  • Life in New Zealand was filled with unforeseen experiences. From seeing glowworms light up the inside of a cave in Waitomo to herding sheep on horseback and then later shearing them in the Northlands, my eyes were opened to a whole new way of life, a much simpler and more appreciative…

  • Credit: Emily Kragel
  • Tags: New Zealand
  • Growth

  • Nature is a curious thing. While in New Zealand I noticed things about nature and the living world that I had never seen before. A wide variety of plants could be found growing out of the smallest crevices on rocks, cliffs, and waterfalls. No matter the conditions, the environment seemed to…

  • Credit: Emily Kragel
  • Tags: New Zealand
  • After the Storm

  • Culture shock. If you read anything about going abroad, it will tell you about culture shock. Culture shock is the feeling of disorientation when you are subjected to an unfamiliar way of life. This includes facing language barriers, differences in style of communication, unfamiliar social norms, and different food options (you…

  • Credit: Emily Kragel
  • Tags: New Zealand
  • Reflections

  • Mirrors are perfect, they reflect light to create a perfect image, an image that is exactly as it is supposed to be. When images are reflected by water, however, the image is not as perfect. Ripples in the water create distortions, and the reflection does not always meet your expectations- such…

  • Credit: Emily Kragel
  • Tags: New Zealand
  • Ember Sky

  • There is a sunset in every day, it colors the sky brilliantly and then disappears leaving darkness. So embrace the day, take advantage of every opportunity, and enjoy every last moment until the final ray of sunshine fades away. Sometimes this means going outside of your comfort zone, but it’s okay.…

  • Credit: Emily Kragel
  • Tags: New Zealand
  • Season's End

  • This photo was taken in early October at Broken River Ski Field on the last day of the ski season and shows the lack of snow on the first rope tow. An ongoing rainstorm had melted much the snowpack, leaving only bare tussock behind, causing the ski conditions to be quite…

  • Credit: Garrett Harmsen
  • Tags: New Zealand
  • Arthur's Pass

  • Weather in New Zealand is notorious for hurricane force winds, torrential downpours, and extended blizzards. High on the continental divide near Arthur's Pass, this photo shows a different type of conditions: a perfect bluebird spring day following a storm that dumped over a meter of snow higher in the mountains.  The…

  • Credit: Garrett Harmsen
  • Tags: New Zealand
  • Crossing the Otehake

  • In New Zealand, everything is more laid-back and rustic.  One-way bridges on major highways, major shopping centers that only open when they feel like it, and trail markers instead of paths or bridges.  The national pastime is tramping - basically hiking without trails or bridges - and this photo was taken…

  • Credit: Garrett Harmsen
  • Tags: New Zealand
  • Taking a leap in New Zealand

  • Diving off a pier in New Zealand. Four universities (Victorial, Otago, Auckland, Canterbury) in New Zealand are approved for Duke students.
  • Credit: Jared Lippell
  • Tags: New Zealand
  • Quiet time on Lake Mahinapua

  • Students enjoy a quiet moment on Lake Mahinapua on New Zealand's South Island. Lake Mahinapua, once a coastal lagoon but now an inland lake, has been a scenic reserve since 1907. It is a popular place for birdwatching and enjoying outdoor and water activities.
  • Credit: Unknown
  • Tags: New Zealand
  • Postcard From Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Studying in Australia for a semester is the best decision I have made during my time at Duke. I love being submerged in a completely new surrounding and yearning to broaden my horizons on a daily basis.

    While this picture was ironically not even taken in Australia,…

  • Credit: Bingxin Chen
  • Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Tags: Australia, New Zealand
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    From Lake Rotoiti in the Tasman Region of New Zealand's South Island, Bradley Jacobs, Michael McCormick and I have immersed ourselves in the beauty that defines the South Pacific. With our semester abroad beginning in July at the University of New South Wales, we were fortunate enough…

  • Credit: Jared Lippell
  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Tags: New Zealand
  • Principe Pio - Madrid, Spain