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About the Hawke's Bay, New Zealand Program

The Hawke's Bay program is a USAC partnership program. Learn more about on-site program elements and the city itself below.

About Hawke's Bay Province

  • Population of province: 159,000
  • Distance from Palmerston North: 160 km
  • Distance from Wellington: 200 km

Te Mata Peak.

Hawke’s Bay Province stretches along the eastern shore of the Northern Island of New Zealand. There are two major urban areas in the Hawke’s Bay region: Hastings and Napier. Less than twenty kilometers apart and commonly referred to as “The Twin Cities,” these two cities are often combined in official statistics. The Hastings-Napier district, often referred to as the “Fruit Bowl of New Zealand,” is nationally famous for being a region of food production, with an abundance of stone fruits, pome fruits, and vegetables. It is also the base of New Zealand’s red wine industry, making it the ideal location for students to intern in a variety of placements related to food and viticulture.

Being located in the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand’s seasons are the reverse of those in the United States. The New Zealand program in Hawke’s Bay takes place during the summer months of the northern hemisphere which is the winter season in New Zealand. The winter weather in New Zealand can fluctuate daily but the region of Hawke’s Bay is known for its mild, temperate climate.

Quick Details

2022 App. Cycle

Summer: Opens 9/1


Minimum GPA: 2.75

Minimum class standing: Sophomore

Completed at least two courses at the 200-level in a related major

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Program Capacity

15 students



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