Head to Kaikoura for a quick getaway

Being just two and a half hours north of Christchurch, Kaikoura is a peninsular township famous for its history of whales.

Transport Options:

  • Drive: Take a mini road trip by yourself or with your mates
  • Ride the bus: Make use of the many private buses and charters that run daily to the place with most of them departing from the museum.
  • Hitch hike:  only of you’re really experienced!


  • Kaikoura is know for it’s water activities like whale watching cruises, albatross encounters and many other Black Cat Cruises. However, when you’re on a student budget, these are not your best option unless you really want to splurge.

Here are things that can be done with minimal cost:

  • Take the scenic walking route which gives you a comprehensive overview of the region.
  • The marine aquarium ($8 entry fee) The Fyffe House ($5 student fee) and The Point, where you can watch a sheep shearing show for $12 if you like.
  • The Seal Colony, Point Kean,Whalers Bay, Southern Bay and the Mariana are all viewpoints that capture the scenery beautifully and are free to walk to, with the furthest walking time between two points being 25 minutes.


  • There’s plenty of budget and luxury accommodation available in the region if you plan to stay a night. My preference is the YHA hostel, which is internationally certified accommodation that suits a student budget and gives you a chance to have yarns with other random backpackers. 

If you’ve been there before, let us know! We’re keen to her about your experience.

UCXchange Fair this Friday!

Sam Brosnahan did a UCXchange to Shanghai in 2014
Sam Brosnahan on his UCXchange to Shanghai in 2014

Have you ever thought about studying abroad? It’s an amazing opportunity and UC offers incredible support to help make it happen!

This Friday the 1st of May is the UCXchange fair, from 10.30-2.30 in the C block foyer. It’s the perfect opportunity to find out more about the UCXchange programme.

Whether you’re serious about an exchange or just curious about how it all works, you should definitely check it out – you could win a tablet!

You’ll be able to talk to students who have been on a UCXchange, as well as representatives from around the world including the French Embassy, US Embassy, University of Nottingham (UK) and Stockholm University (Sweden).

For more information, see the outgoing student exchange site.

Make sure you check it out; it could lead to the experience of a lifetime…YOLO!

IPENZ Engineering Speed Interviewing

IPENZ is offering speed interviews to students, with engineers, academics and HR professionals. This will provide practice for when you need to apply for your first job in the field, or even for work experience!  Speed interviewing is for current Engineering students only. All students who want to attend need to be student members of IPENZ. This will allow for attendance to this event and all the others they provide! The events will be held on Wednesday 20th May at 5.30-7.00pm and also 6.45-8.30pm. Please register online!