Location & Campus

Kaikoura and The Old Convent:

Our primary campus is the Old Convent, a former convent and Catholic school turned Bed & Breakfast in Kaikoura. Located on the east coast of the South Island, it is two and a half hours north of Christchurch and two hours south of Picton. The Old Convent campus is located in the rural Kaikoura Flats, an expanse of dairy farmland before the start of the impressive 2600m (8530ft.) rise of the Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Range. The town itself is on a peninsula that sets Kaikoura apart from the impressive northernmost reach of the Southern Alps that come right up to the coast.  The coastal waters that immediately surround Kaikoura are teeming with marine life, specifically mammals such as whales, dolphins and seals as well as an array of seabirds.   In Maori, the name Kaikoura means “meal of crayfish”; “kai” translates to food and “koura” meaning crayfish.   

The Old Convent, Kaikoura.

The Kaikoura town centre is a leisurely bike ride of just over two miles from campus where students can find internet access, cafés, laundry facilities, and shops. The town has a resident population of about 3,500 people yet annually nearly 2 million visitors come through Kaikoura. There are several hiking trails both inland to the numerous peaks and for the afternoon around the coast of the peninsula. The ocean provides opportunity for a variety of water sports including kayaking, paua and crayfish diving, fishing, paddle boarding and surfing.

Student and Kaikoura Local Catching Up

The Convent building houses most of the student bedrooms, classroom, kitchen, dining room, library and lounge.   Additional student housing and faculty rooms are located in the adjacent schoolhouse.  In general, enrollment each semester ranges from 10-20 students, who, along with program staff, all live on campus. When CCSP is based at the Old Convent, 2-3 students share a room. Each room contains 2 or 3 twin beds and an ensuite bathroom. Storage space is limited to a shared wardrobe or closet and a few drawers for each student.  The lounge, library, dining room, prayer room, study room and classroom provide additional places for relaxation and work. A patio deck with a view of the Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Range and the backyard are great spaces to hang out, dry laundry and enjoy a great view, or get into gardening.

Kaikoura Beach