Ara Institute of Canterbury (ARA)

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.


Area of Study

  • Business

  • Hospitality

  • IT

  • Engineering (Mechanical, Civil, Electronic)

  • Musical Arts

  • Journalism

  • Event Management



Jan, Feb, July, Oct


Fee Range

NZD 21,000 - 24,000 per year


New Zealand

Institution Type: Government Funded Institute of Technology