Manchester University BUS202 Exploring International Business Tour

Explore NZ

New Zealand


6-20 January 2021

The January 2020 edition of BUS 202 – Exploring International Business will focus on international business with a trip down under to New Zealand! This class will examine the international outdoor adventure industry along with studying event promotion. We will visit multiple businesses that are engaged in marketing and promoting outdoor adventure activities.

We will discuss the “bigger issues” of entrepreneurship, sales, risk management, ethics, management of the environment, personnel management and cultural connections.

We will also discuss the “smaller issues” of how you act when you enter a new business, how you decide where to eat when you are in a group, what you do when you are in an uncomfortable situation, as they relate to the day to day decisions that we as managers and employees make both in business and when traveling.

Global Connection Credit

This course qualifies for a 3GC credit


Today you will take an international group flight to New Zealand.


Cross the international date line as you continue your air travel.


Take an orientation of the city. Visit the All Blacks Experience at Sky City before taking in the views from the Skytower viewing platform. Meet with a senior member of the Haka Tourism Group about ethical cultural business practices and the 'umbrella' approach to growth.


Free time this morning to recover from your jet lag before travelling to Rotorua. On arrival your guide will give a walking orientation of the town.

This evening enjoy a cultural performance and hangi dinner at the Mitai Maori Village


Spend the morning whitewater rafting with Kaituna Whitewater Rafting. Then in the afternoon visit Zorb for 2 rides and a talk on kiwi ingenuity in business.


This morning visit Canopy Tours to take an ‘Original’ adventure in the treetops and a talk on conservation in the tourism business.

The travel to Taupo with stops at Huka Falls and Spa Park enroute.


This morning have an industry talk by Skydive Taupo, with time available for jumps (weather permitting and at an additional cost).

Then  the group will travel onwards to Wellington.


This morning visit the Te Papa Museum to learn more about the Maori culture.

In the afternoon visit Zealandia, an eco-sanctuary in the heart of the city, to hear how they are working hard to protect and rejuvenate native bird species.


Today you will travel by ferry from Wellington to the South Island in New Zealand.

In the South Island visit a local Marlborough vineyard for a talk on niche farming business, before heading to Kaikoura.


Spend time wildlife spotting along the coast before speaking to a local business about putting sustainability at the heart of their operation. Then travel to Christchurch for a walking orientation of the city before meeting with a local group to hear about the effects of natural disasters on business.


This morning travel to Mount Cook, stopping enroute at Mount John  for incredible views over Lake Tekapo.

On arrival into Mount Cook there will be time for local optional activities such as hiking, helicopter rides, glacier boat trips or stargazing.


Travel to Queenstown with a stop at Wrinkly Rams to see how farming can be marketed and sold across multiple platforms such as tourism, consumerism and catering. Visit AJ Hackett for a talk on the adventure tourism industry with free time for a rope swing or a bungee.


Today is a free day to enjoy the many optional adventure activities that Queenstown has to offer!

Day Fourteen

This morning visit the Shotover Jet for an industry talk and tour of their workshop. After the talk take a ride on the exhilarating jetboat yourself!

Free time this afternoon to enjoy Queenstown before your final evening meal as a group in New Zealand.

Day Fifteen

As your time in New Zealand draws to a close you will say goodbye to your guide and transfer to the airport for your international flight home.


International flights and transport via private vehicle

Backpacker standard accommodation

Daily continental breakfast & 2 evening group meals

Expert Haka tour guide throughout

Activities and talks as per itinerary