Since 1999, and in partnership with the UNH Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, the EcoQuest Education Foundation has offered an intensive program of applied field studies with a dual focus in education and research.

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Why study in New Zealand?

Rigorous academic pursuit and hands-on learning from the mountains to the sea. Full immersion learning at a diversity of sites in the North and South Islands.
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Application deadline for Spring Semester 2017 is October 15th. We evaluate applications on a rolling admissions basis and we encourage you to apply as early as possible.

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Who Studies at EcoQuest?

Programs are accredited by UNH and are open to highly motivated students from institutions across the US and around the world.  To date, students from over 80 US Universities and Colleges have attended our programmes. All students are registered for academic credit through UNH and this credit may be transferred directly to the participant’s home institution.

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EcoQuest team Spring 2014, Opoutere

EcoQuest Spring 2014, Opoutere


Welcome to EQiwi - the place for alumni and friends of EcoQuest.


News from the field

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South Island - In the field

Kayaking on Lake Pearson - a high country lake near the Main Divide, South Island

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Pōwhiri 2014 Fall

One of the highlights of the first couple of weeks was our Pōwhiri at Wharekawa Marae. We were made extremely welcome by Ngāti Paoa and Ngāti Whanaunga

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Hunua River Crossing

First field exercise in the Hunua Ranges