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A guide for international students to create a successful future – studying, working and living in Rotorua, Tauranga and Hamilton.

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CareerConnect is a guide for international students to create a successful future – studying, working and living in Rotorua, Tauranga and Hamilton.

Plan your future here

Rotorua, Tauranga and Hamilton offer many different opportunities for students from all over the world. Whether you stay and study or transition into work, CareerConnect provides you with the tools and resources to make your journey as easy as possible.

The cities are home to spectacular beaches, breath-taking landscapes, rich culture and plenty of sunshine. They’re the perfect place to explore nature and connect with the locals — and some of the best places in the world to build your future.

Check out the many opportunities our regions have to offer, including lifestyle, culture and employment opportunities.

Why stay in our regions?

Starting and continuing your education and career in our beautiful cities and surrounding regions will give you the chance to:

  • Build a strong and supportive network.
  • Move seamlessly through the education system.
  • Move into exciting career opportunities and future-focused industries.
  • Live in a fun, friendly and familiar community.
  • Know what options are available by being able to check things out in person.

Our location

The Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions are located in the upper half of the North Island of New Zealand.

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World-class education

The cities of Hamilton, Rotorua, and Tauranga offer quality higher education from award-winning tertiary providers. Their qualifications are designed to meet current and future labour demands, ensuring the workforce of tomorrow has the right skills.
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with an amazing lifestyle

We’re also home to some of the most breath-taking and diverse landscapes you can find in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our cities and surrounding regions are perfect for getting out in nature and connecting with welcoming and friendly locals.
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and exciting careers

Looking for an innovative and fulfilling career? Our regions are leaders across some of New Zealand’s strongest industries, including horticulture, agriculture, forestry, tourism and hospitality, and sustainable and innovative technology. Together creating plenty of innovative job opportunities for you to explore.
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CareerConnect helps you plan your future

Deciding on a career, the best place and the right study or training for your career, can be a daunting task — but it doesn’t need to be.

CareerConnect is here to help make it easier for you. It’s an online tool packed with helpful tips, advice and resources to help you get one step closer to the future you want. Because we want you to succeed.


Our regions are home to a rich and diverse natural environment with beaches, geothermal wonderlands, forests and bustling cities. We’re also home to some of the best education institutions in Aotearoa New Zealand, thriving industries and growing economies.


Deciding what and where to study or work are some of the biggest decisions you’ll make in your lifetime. Don’t worry though, there are lots of support systems in place to help make your planning simple and stress-free – from enrolment information to scholarships.


Make study preparation and the transition to tertiary study easier. CareerConnect connects you with the right tools, support and services you need to get ready for day one of your tertiary study journey – a helping hand every step of the way.


We want you to feel right at home with us. Your success is important to us so CareerConnect has a range of tools to help you get the most out of studying, living and working in our cities. Don’t take our word for it — see for yourself.

Our partners

These resources have been bought together with the support of our local tertiary providers and partners.

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Success stories

The Waikato and Bay of Plenty are a ‘melting pot’ of people from all over the world who have made the regions their home — we want you to succeed here too.

Check out what some current and former students have to say about why the regions are a great place to live, study and work.