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Aoraki Polytechnic

Institute of Technology and Polytechnic

Based in the central South Island of New Zealand, Aoraki Polytechnic offers students opportunities to combine study with the stunning scenery and friendly lifestyle of the South Island & experience real New Zealand culture.

Adventure and Safety

Aoraki Polytechnic offers students a safe, secure environment to undertake study. Combine advantages of the safety & security of a small city where people greet each other with a smile with the opportunities for outdoor adventure in a region surrounded by ski fields, lakes & mountains to create a healthy lifestyle experience in which to study.

Quality Education

NZ Govt owned & accredited, Aoraki Polytechnic offers a diverse range of Certificate & Diploma programmes that can pathway to a career or further study including to a degree.

Contact Aoraki Polytechnic

Physical address
32 Arthur Street
7940 Timaru
New Zealand
Phone numbers
64 3 687 1800
  • Number of students: 2,000
  • Number of international students: 30
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • Certificate
  • Diploma

School features

  • English language support
Facilities include:
  • An industrial Kitchen, Restaurant and Bar for Hospitality students.

  • A Schneider Electric Lab for Electrical Engineering students.

  • On Campus Beauty and Hairdressing Clinics

  • Computer Suites

  • Students' Library

  • Art and Design Studio

  • Sport and Fitness Gymnasium

  • Outdoor Education Climbing Wall

  • Specialist Workshops for Automotive, General Engineering and Carpentry

  • Working office environment for Certificate in Professional Office Management students

  • Digital Photography Studio

Canterbury stretches from ocean to the Alps, and is a land of plains and peaks. It is a place of variety and innumerable attractions.

Within two hours of an international airport, you can ski, play golf, bungy jump, go whitewater rafting, mountain biking, wind surfing, whale watching, and visit world-class vineyards and gardens. Where else in the world can you do that?

A must-see is New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki Mount Cook. Go hiking in Arthur’s Pass National Park or just wander around the picturesque bays and villages of Banks Peninsula. And then there’s New Zealand's second-largest city, Christchurch known as 'The Garden City'.

Christchurch is a beautiful city where you can cycle alongside the river, stay in good hotels and indulge in fine sophisticated dining, and a city where, just 15 minutes from the centre, you can scramble up mountain bike tracks or ride a wave at a surf beach.
Main centres: 

Akaroa, Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura, Timaru


Amberley, Aoraki / Mount Cook, Arthur's Pass, Ashburton, Cheviot, Christchurch, Fairlie, Geraldine, Kaiapoi, Kurow, Lake Tekapo, Lyttelton, Methven, Omarama, Rangiora, Temuka, Twizel, Waimate, Waipara, Weedons

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
Christchurch Educated is the local education organisation