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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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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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 Fall 2016, Hiking in the Coromandel Ranges

EcoQuest Fall 2016. Part of the team in the Coromandel Ranges.


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News from the field

Long-tailed Bat Research in the Hūnua Ranges

Our commitment to service learning through research gives our semester students the opportunity to work on intensive directed research projects for four to five weeks as part of their fifteen-week program. All EcoQuest research programs have scientific and societal relevance, and EcoQuest has long-standing relationships with a large number of stakeholders. This semester, we have six projects running, in locations as far afield as Whangapoua in the Far North, to Maungatautari in the mid-Waikato. We have two projects located in the Hūnua Ranges, including our bat project...


Exploring our backyard

Students had a great time getting to know our backyard. The temperate rainforests of the Hunua Ranges are an excellent outdoor classroom. We’ve made a great start on field skills ...

Jessica's research

It’s 6:30pm, marking the start of a new night’s work. Weta are nocturnal; to study them, you have to align your schedule to theirs.