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Southern Institute of Technology,Invercargill,New Zealand

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Offering tertiary training and education, Southern Institute of Technology is one of the leading institutes of technology and polytechnics in New Zealand. It was established in the year 1971 and is often admired for its Zero Fees Scheme since then. This scheme helps the citizens of New Zealand to save cost of their tertiary education. The institute pays the tuition fees for permanent residents of New Zealand.

The institute is one of the 20 government institutes of technology and polytechnicsi in New Zealand. All programmes offered by SIT(Southern Institute of Technology) up to PG level are approved and accredited by New Zealand Qualifications Authority. The institute has been providing vocational training and education for students for the past 40 years now.


Although students can opt to study in any of the four campuses of SIT, however, the main campus of this institute is located in Invercargill.

  • Invercargill Campus: This campus enjoys some of the best and state of the art industry facilities in New Zealand. It offers an array of courses including audio production programmes in its Invercargill Radio Network Building.
  • Christchurch Campus: This campus provides education that responds to the local needs such as computing, hospitality, administration, business, beauty therapy, hairdressing and tourism programmes.
  • Gore Campus: With modern day facilities, this is another campus of SIT. It is set up to deliver education to the areas like Northern Southland, Eastern Southland and West Otago.
  • Queenstown: Lying in Remarkables Park Town Centre at Frankton, this campus has a spectacular backdrop and provides all contemporary facilities and unsurpassed teaching environment.

Student Facilities

SIT is popular for its wide range of facilities and quality of equipments. Several programmes brag industry leading products in the institute and this is the reason it has made its name in the top charts of New Zealand universities and institutes for technology

The main facilities offered are:

  • Commercial Kitchens: The School of Hospitality offers two well-equipped and modern kitchens each with a capacity to accommodate up to 20 students.
  • Fitness Centre: Along with high technology ambience and world class equipments, the students can work out their stress of study at this well-equipped fitness centre. Membership packages are available at affordable costs for student badges.
  • Bungalow Restaurant: Offering delicious food as well as service, this restaurant is another wonderful facility available for students and visitors. This is fully licensed restaurants and also the training restaurant of SIT.
  • The Vault Café: This is a café offering practical life training aura with students preparing and serving food and coffee for public regularly.

Transport and Location

Since Invercargill is quite compact, most of the students prefer to stay within walking distance from the campus. The SIT Apartments and The Grand Hall of Residence which accommodates the students, both lie within 5-10 minutes from walk from the campus. Most students prefer to either walk down or ride a bicycle to campus. SIT provides free bus service for accessing nearby areas only on weekends. However, during weekdays, students can use other bus and shuttle services to commute.

Contact Information

  • Address Freepost SIT2LRN,133 Tay Street, Invercargill, New Zealand
  • Phone: +64 3 2112699
  • Fax: +64 3 214 4977
  • Email: info@sit.ac.nz
  • Website: www.sit.ac.nz
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