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Studying Abroad in New Zealand« on: May 09 2014 08:05:00 »
I'm an American planning on studying abroad in New Zealand from February-July of next year. I was just looking for some input on what University to attend to get the best surf/overall college experience. The main ones I'm looking at are University of Otago, University of Canterbury, and University of Waikato. Thanks!
RE: Studying Abroad in New Zealand« Reply #1 on: May 10 2014 01:05:00 »
Surf is probably closest and most consistent in dunedin. You can pretty much surf walking distance from the city centre. Even half way through summer, I would still wear a wintersuit, as its pretty chilly, but if thats cool with you, then you're have a good time.
Dunedin also has by far the best Uni vibes. its pretty much a student town, and just has a really sweet atmosphere overall. strongest student culture out of all the uni's for sure.
Waikato is about 40 mins from raglan, probably New Zealands most famous surf breaks, in saying that it also means that when its on, it becomes the most crowded. Its a long left handed pointbreak, with a beach break there too.
RE: Studying Abroad in New Zealand« Reply #2 on: May 10 2014 01:05:00 »
As for Christchurch, Its probably best to live in dunedin and check it out on a weekend maybe. Pretty cold, and inconsistent, average beach breaks.
As a general rule, Westcoast, is usually way more consistent than east coast to.
Hope it helped!