Throughout the semester BCA students travel together on educational and cultural excursions that are included in the program fee. Each semesters excursions may include the following destinations and activities around the South Island of New Zealand:


  • Ride the historical and famous Taieri Gorge Train, viewing geological and engineering history on the scenic train ride into the hills of Middle Earth.
  • See the local Dunedin glow-worms (unique to the Southern Hemisphere). Learn how they survive in a treacherous environment and what makes them glow so brightly.
  • Spend two days and a night at a Marae, the traditional community for the native Maori people of New Zealand. Learn the cultural practices and customs that are still practiced to this day. Become part of the whanau (family) for life.
  • Throughout the semester, there are several local hiking opportunities up Mt Cargill and Flagstaff Mountain, overlooking views of the city of Dunedin and Otago Harbour. See waterfalls, geological wonders and native wildlife on these popular walks.
  • Spend a day and night on a real sheep farm learning about the economic significance and history of sheep farming in New Zealand and how that impacted the world. Take in the breath-taking landscape scenery during the visit as well. Students in the Fall semester may also have a chance to feed new lambs!11782444_1474909529473871_1329062721493394826_o
  • View the only¬†mainland breeding colony of the majestic Royal Albatross on the scenic Otago Peninsula. Explore the historical military base and how it was used to protect the land during the wars of the 20th Century.