Ara Institute of Canterbury Ltd is Canterbury region’s largest vocational educational provider. Ara was created in 2016 when CPIT and Aoraki Polytechnic merged, bringing together two well-established organizations, each with around 100 years of experience and success to provide innovative and relevant vocational training to the entire Canterbury region. Ara Institute of Canterbury Ltd is a vibrant, progressive, government-funded institute providing world-class, tertiary-level education. Its learning models and course content continually evolve to respond to industry and regional needs. To ensure the students have real –world experience and graduate ready, it provides different opportunities like workplace training openings, internships, apprenticeships and partnerships with industry. Furthermore, it offers nationally recognized and exceptionally certificates, diplomas, degrees and graduate qualifications level with specialties in business, creative arts, engineering, health and nursing, culinary, Food Microbiology etc.

Available Courses

  • Arts and Media
  • Business
  • Computing
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Health
  • Hospitality
  • Language, Culture and Education


  • Finest government owned institute
  • Ara’s location – Christchurch is second big city of NZ
  •  Largest vocational training institute in South Island
  • Work placement opportunities


Feb, July, Nov

Fee Ranges

NZD 21,000 - 25,000



Institution Type: Institute of Technology and Polytechnic