The tourism industry needs skilled people with a passion to provide great services and experiences to visitors from all over the world. With New Zealand’s current tourism boom our tourism industry has become the largest export industry in terms of foreign exchange earnings, directly employing 7.5% of the New Zealand workforce◊.

Our tourism programmes focus on providing the essential knowledge, team work, customer service and communication skills for those wishing to enter this exciting industry for a variety of roles. These roles cover a wide range of tourism industry organisations such as visitor attractions and activities as well as airport and airline services.


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Potential jobs
Job Average Salary>>
Outdoor recreation guides $46K-$58K  per year (>3yrs experience)
Tour guides $25K-$60K per year (note that there are not set pay rates)

>>Salary source from: (as at January 2017)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Your work experience or previous tertiary study may count towards achieving your qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at MIT is designed for those who already have the on-the-job skills and knowledge, but want to take their career to the next level with a qualification.

With RPL we can measure and match your existing skills against credits in our courses – creating a tailored path of study that will not only save you money, but also help you to complete your qualification faster.

To learn more about what our programmes can offer you, view our available programmes by subject area, or make an appointment to speak with us on 0800 62 62 52 or email

Why choose MIT?

How does twice as much time to focus on half the amount of papers and no exams sound?

The Faculty of Business and Information Technology have introduced a new optimised teaching format we’re calling ‘quarters’. This means that if you are a full-time student studying New Zealand Diploma in Tourism Māori (Level 5) and other higher level programmes with our Faculty, you will study two courses per quarter instead of four courses per semester. If you are part-time studying two papers, you will do one per quarter. If you are studying one or three courses, you will have a choice on how you spread your enrolment throughout the year.

In short, you will double the class time per week for half the courses in any one quarter. There is no change in the overall learning hours or credits for each course. If you’re a part-time student this will also give you more flexibility and help you finish your qualification faster than before.

Extensive international research and our own experience confirms that this format leads to more students passing with better grades. This is because more students make it to the end of the course, less subjects need to be concentrated on at any one time and there are fewer assessments to complete at any one time. Even better, there will no longer be any exams. Some courses may still have smaller tests along the way, but none will have the traditional long final exam. Other assessments and industry projects will be tailored to suit this new optimised system as well. It doesn’t affect student loans or allowances in any way and allows you to start at any one of five times a year if you also do our summer school.

There is no change to the Tourism Level 3 and Level 4 certificate programmes currently being taught in 13 week blocks.

At MIT, our focus is to help you develop the skills and knowledge you need either to get a job or advance your career.

Our teaching staff in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology are passionate about helping students reach their full potential. With many of our classes being small, you are known by name, and our staff work closely with you to help you achieve success.

Our flexible courses allow you to study and work, and our certificates are a great start to working in this exciting industry or to go on to further study with our diplomas. Whatever your education or work history, you can enter at a level that suits your personal needs. We teach all of our practical programmes at MIT Manukau, our easily accessible, purpose-built campus located right in the heart of Manukau.

Plus, you'll graduate with practical experience – a major advantage when applying for work. You'll benefit from fieldtrips and guest speakers who hold significant roles in the sector.