There are overall 8 universities in New Zealand which are recognized by the government and have all gained an internationally respected academics and research standards. Anyone meeting the criteria of a university can easily apply to get into it as prescribed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). The criteria for high level courses are higher compared to other courses, for e.g. Medicine and Dentistry.
Having a degree from New Zealand can actually raise up your expectations of having a better future in any other country.
Providing a wide range of courses, up to and including the degree-level, there are 20 polytechnics, many of which are called Institutes of Technology. Semester times are roughly equivalent to those for universities but the short courses may start pursuing anytime during the year.
There are over 800 private education providers in New Zealand who offer many short-term English Language courses for the students who are from abroad. Some private institutes also provide courses in business, computing and design.
The best places to be in for the best education from New Zealand are Auckland, Hamilton, Hastings, and Wellington. Apart from these places, there are many more cities wherein you can easily get a chance to get yourself educated with the world class amenities and living culture.
The universities and the institutes the above mentioned 4 cities have are government recognized and have a world respected education system which can actually help you get a better future job or a university for your further education.