As part of your University of Otago courses, you will have field trips included as part of the course and covered in your BCA program fee. Depending on the courses you choose you may visit:

Aoraki Mount Cook

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home to New Zealand’s highest mountain and longest glacier. Visitors can hike, climb, cycle, paddle among icebergs in glacial lakes, or sit and soak up the purest of views. The geography course takes studetns from the coast, up to the base of Mount Cook, studying the changing landscape as they go.

Queenstown (Central Otago)

This buzzing resort town is most alive during the southern winter, when thousands of tourists and New Zealanders alike make a bee-line for the region’s ski fields. This lively town also offers breathtaking views and plenty of lively local restaurants and cafes. Queenstown’s spectacular and popular Winter Festival takes place in late June. Students studying the entrepreneurship course spend time in Queenstown, delving into the mechanics of businesses in the region.


Just north of Dunedin sits the peaceful seaside village of Karitane and the Puketeraki marae (Maori meeting house). Students enrolled in the Maori and Pacific cultures will visit the marae to learn from the Maori community about customs, community, development and management of coastal resources.

Otago Harbour and Peninsula

Within 30 minutes’ drive of the Otago campus, you can find seals, sea lions, albatross and penguins. The Otago Harbour and Peninsula are renowned as an ecotourism destination. Students enrolled in the marine science course will spend time studying on both the Harbour and Peninsula.

BCA Excursion


As part of the 1-credit BCA Signature course, after courses at the University of Otago end, you will spend an additional four days exploring the local culture in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington.