Otago Polytechnic

Why study with us?

Enjoy our hands-on, practical programmes and take part in local industry visits, tradeshows and fieldtrips.

Learn the skills to launch your career in Tourism and get the best chance of success in a continually growing and changing field.

Achieve valuable insight into the Tourism industry and graduate as a work-ready, highly capable individual.

Our programmes

Study with us to find many opportunities, both in New Zealand and overseas, as information centre staff, tour guides and operators, in hotels, travel agencies, airlines, in the events and conference industry and other tourism related fields.

Choose from two programmes that will prepare you for work or further study here and overseas: The New Zealand Certificate in Tourism (Level 4) (Operations) and the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 5).

There are plenty of ways to customise your study, with full- and part-time options in both of our programmes You can join the programme at many stages.

Don't meet the entry requirements for the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism (Level 4) (Operations)?

No problem! Our bridging certificate will ensure you receive foundational communication, study and career skills, as well as the academic entry requirements needed for admission to the Level 4 programme. 

Our industry links

Gain invaluable hands-on experience through our volunteer tourism programme – while also giving back to the industry in which you will one day be employed. We have excellent relationships with the local and national tourism industry and will ensure you gain plenty of practical experience during your programme.


Our facilities, resources and support

Receive exceptional learning support at every stage of your learning journey. We are here to help you succeed! As a Dunedin-based learner, you’ll enjoy blended delivery (face-to-face teaching in the classroom and online learning). For both programmes, industry fieldtrips – to hotels, local tourism spots and a cruise ship visit – are just a few of the practical learning you can participate in. Certificate students travel to Queenstown (New Zealand’s Adventure Capital) for an extended fieldtrip so they can experience what it’s like to be a “tourist”.


Our staff

Benefit from the expertise and guidance of our teaching staff. We have a team of four based in Dunedin – one of which owns and runs his own tourism business. Our staff are knowledgeable and experienced in the tourism field, and are there to support and guide you.