Where Your Cross-Cultural Experience Begins
We are dedicated to providing exceptional consulting services in New Zealand, including travel and tourism, international student learning experiences, and immigration advisory.Book a Consultation
Our Professional Cultural Consulting Services
We understand that navigating cross-cultural experiences can be both exciting and challenging, and that's where we come in.
International Student Learning Experiences
Studying abroad opens doors to new perspectives and opportunities. At OCC, we specialise in crafting enriching learning experiences for international students in New Zealand. From educational institutions to accommodations/host families, we work closely with all stakeholders to ensure a nurturing and inclusive environment.
Our goal is to empower students with a rich learning experience in New Zealand, fostering the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and cultural understanding that will inspire a lifelong academic and personal growth journey.More About This Service
Travel & Tourism
Embark on a cultural adventure with OCC's travel and tourism services. Whether you're a visitor exploring the stunning landscapes of New Zealand or a local seeking to immerse yourself in different cultures abroad, we curate unique experiences that go beyond the ordinary. Let us guide you in discovering the hidden gems, connecting with local communities, and creating unforgettable memories.More About This Service
We understand the intricacies of immigration processes and regulations, allowing us to provide personalised guidance tailored to your specific needs. Whether you're seeking to explore the breathtaking landscapes, pursue professional opportunities, or experience the vibrant culture, OCC is committed to facilitating your immigration journey with expertise and efficiency.More About This Service
Trustworthy, Dedicated & Reliable
Our approach is rooted in cultural respect, integrity, and empathy. We believe in building trusting relationships and fostering active communication, ensuring your needs are heard and understood.
With our dedicated team and deep understanding of local contexts, we are committed to delivering exceptional services that exceed your expectations.
Join us on this journey of cultural exploration, personal growth, and connection. Together, let's embrace diversity, celebrate cultures, and create lasting memories.
Feel free to explore our website and contact us for any enquiries. We look forward to assisting you!More About Us
Meet Our Expert Consultants
Our team of experienced professionals is here to support you every step of the way, ensuring that your journey is enriching, smooth, and memorable.
Emma Song Director / CEO
Tina Liu COO + Education Consultant
Naiyiry Castro Education Expert
Daisy Lin Travel & Operations Specialist
Steven Song Head of Chinese Market Operations
Frequently Asked Questions
New Zealand's climate varies across the country, offering different experiences throughout the year. The best time to visit depends on your preferences and the activities you plan to do.
Summer (December to February): This is the peak tourist season with warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours. It's ideal for outdoor activities, hiking, and exploring beaches.
Autumn (March to May): The weather is mild, and the landscapes are beautifully coloured with autumn foliage. It's a great time for hiking, wine tasting, and enjoying cultural festivals.
Winter (June to August): Winter brings snow to mountainous regions, offering opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, and winter sports. It's also a good time to visit hot springs and enjoy cosy indoor activities.
Spring (September to November): The weather starts to warm up, and the landscapes bloom with flowers. It's a good time for outdoor activities, visiting gardens, and witnessing newborn wildlife.
The visa requirements for visiting New Zealand vary depending on your nationality and the purpose and duration of your visit.
Citizens of visa-waiver countries (including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and many European countries) can visit New Zealand for up to 90 days without a visa.
Some countries have specific visa waiver agreements, allowing longer stays or different conditions. Check the New Zealand Immigration website or consult the nearest New Zealand embassy or consulate for detailed information about your situation.
If you are not eligible for visa-free entry, you must apply for a visitor visa before travelling to New Zealand.
It is beneficial to contact us or go on the NZ Immigration website to check the latest visa requirements well before your trip to ensure compliance with immigration regulations.
The visa requirements for international students vary depending on the duration and level of study. Here are some key points organised by Emma - NZ licensed immigration adviser:
Students planning to study in New Zealand for over three months must apply for a student visa. The visa application requires an offer of enrolment from an approved educational institution.
Students must meet certain health and character requirements and demonstrate sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, living expenses, and return transportation.
Immigration New Zealand provides detailed information and guidance on the visa application process. It's important to consult us and/or the official website to ensure accurate and up-to-date information.
The education system for schools is made up of 13 Year levels. Your child's primary education starts at Year 1 and goes to Year 8 (around 5-12 years of age). Your child's secondary education goes from Year 9 to Year 13 (around 13-17 years of age).
Early Childhood Education (ECE) - 0-5 years old: Early Childhood Education encompasses preschools, nurseries, kindergartens, and day-care centres. It provides educational and developmental activities for children before they enter primary school.
Primary School - 5-12 years old: Primary school education starts at approximately age five and extends through Year 1 to Year 8. The curriculum focuses on foundational subjects such as literacy, numeracy, science, social studies, and physical education.
Intermediate School (optional) - 11-13 years old: In some regions of New Zealand, intermediate schools cater specifically to students transitioning from primary school to secondary school. Intermediate school typically covers Year 7 and Year 8.
Secondary School - 13-18 years old: Secondary education in New Zealand consists of Years 9 to 13. Students pursue a range of subjects and work towards earning the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) at Levels 1 to 3. This certificate enables them to enter tertiary education or the workforce.
Tertiary Education - 18+ years old: Tertiary education refers to post-secondary education and includes universities, institutes of technology, polytechnics, and private training establishments. Students can pursue undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in various disciplines.
Valid Travel Documents: Ensure you have all necessary travel documents, including passports, visas, and any required permits. Please keep them in a secure and easily accessible place.
Weather-Appropriate Clothing: New Zealand's weather can be changeable, so pack clothing suitable for layering. Include items such as: lightweight and breathable clothes, waterproof jackets, warm sweaters or fleece, comfortable walking shoes (preferably waterproof shoes), swimwear if you plan to visit beaches or thermal pools.
Travel Adapters and Chargers: New Zealand uses Type I electrical outlets with a voltage of 230V. Depending on your home country, you may need travel adapters to plug in and charge your electronic devices.
Medications and Health Supplies: Medications and Health Supplies: Bring any necessary prescription medications in their original packaging, along with a copy of the prescription. Packaging a basic first aid kit with bandages, pain relievers, antiseptic ointment, and any other personal health supplies you may need is also advisable.
Insurance: It's essential to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, lost or stolen belongings, and other unforeseen circumstances. It is of utmost importance that students have New Zealand insurance organised before their trip. For more details, please consult one of our friendly team members.
Money and Payment Options: Bring sufficient funds through cash or travel cards. While credit cards are widely accepted in New Zealand, carrying cash for smaller establishments or situations (such as farmers' markets) where cards may not be accepted is wise.
What Our Clients Say
Discover the testimonials from our delighted clientele and understand the reasons behind their confidence in us for all their cross-cultural consulting needs.
We cannot express enough gratitude to Oceania Cultural Consulting (OCC) for the exceptional International Student Learning Experience they provided for our child. From the very first interaction, their professionalism and dedication stood out, especially Tina, who went above and beyond to ensure every aspect of our journey was meticulously planned and executed... read more.Gabby XiaoShanghai, China
We cannot praise enough the exceptional experience we had on our tailored-made tour, exploring both the North and South Islands of New Zealand in April 2023, all thanks to the impeccable arrangements by Emma from Oceania Cultural Consulting (OCC)... read more.Michael BrownSanta Barbara, California, USA
I am incredibly grateful for the invaluable assistance provided by Oceania Cultural Consulting (OCC), specifically Emma and the rest of the team, in guiding me through the immigration process. With their professional advice and support, I successfully secured a job as a healthcare worker for Oceania Healthcare Ltd... read more.Grace LinAuckland, New Zealand
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Reach out to us today to schedule your appointment and begin your cross-cultural journey with Oceania Cultural Consulting! We're here to assist you with any enquiries or to start planning your next cultural adventure.Book a Consultation