December 27, 2014

Study in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore & Malaysia Info Month

Greetings from JM Education Group!

Our branch offices will extending counselling sessions on Saturdays and it's only in this Christmas month!

Students from any level and qualifications are welcome to visit our JM office for more information.

Don't miss out!!

Holiday in Singapore

Visit Singapore

  • Singapore is separated from Peninsular Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to the north, and from Indonesia's Riau Islands by the Singapore Strait to the south. 
  • Singapore is a small island country, with a population size of over 5.5 million people it is a fairly crowded city, second only to Monaco as the world's most densely populated country.
  • Coming together as a society and living in harmony, there are four major races – namely the Chinese (majority), Malay, Indian and Eurasian.
  • Each community offers a different perspective of life in Singapore in terms of culture, religion, food and language.

Top Attraction 
Red Dot Design Museum

Dragon Boat Festival

Civil Defence Heritage Gallery

Singapore Botanic Garden

Night Safari

Marine Life Park

Underwater World Singapore

Hay Dairies
Sentosa Island

Singgapore Cable Car

Themed Attraction

Famous Local Cuisine
Chili Crab

Katong Laksa

Singapore Laksa

Mee Siam

Hainanese Chicken Rice 

Chwee Kway 

Bubur Cha Cha 

Satay with Peanut Sauce

Kaya Jam

Satay Bee Hoon

Fish Head Curry

Putu Mayam

Singapore Sling

More Information about Visit Singapore, view HERE. 

December 26, 2014

Tourism New Zealand

Visit New Zealand 

  • New Zealand is anisland country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean
  • The country geographically comprises two main landmasses – that of theNorth Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui, and the South Island, or Te Waipounamu – and numerous smaller islands
  • New Zealand is a small country, similar in size to Great Britain or Japan. 
  • With a population of only four million people it’s also gloriously uncrowded.
  • A rich and fascinating history, reflecting our unique mix of Māori and European culture.
  • Māori were the first to arrive in New Zealand, journeying in canoes from Hawaiki about 1,000 years ago. 
  • New Zealand's friendly and down-to-earth people will be one of the things you treasure most about your visit.
  • New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.
  • It has mild temperatures, moderately high rainfall, and many hours of sunshine.
  • Weather can change unexpectedly.

Plants & Animals

New Zealand drifted away from the super-continent, a unique flora and fauna has evolved, leaving a land full of interesting plants and creatures.


New Zealand's high rainfall and many sunshine hours give the country a lush and diverse flora - with 80% of flora being native.

Trees and shrubs

CameraGiant kauri, Waipoua Forest
Giant kauri, Waipoua Forest

New Zealand's majestic evergreen native forests that include rimu, totara, many varieties of beech, and the largest native tree of them all, the giant kauri. 
A dense and luxurious undergrowth including countless native shrubs, a variety of ferns, and many mosses and lichens.

Splashes of colour

The yellow flowers of the kowhai tree are some of the prettiest you'll ever see. Its bright red flowers bloom in December, giving it the title of New Zealand's Christmas tree.


As a result, several of New Zealand's native birds became flightless, including the kakapo parrot, the kiwi, the takahe, and the world's largest bird, the (now extinct) moa.

Native birds

CameraKiwi encounter, Rainbow Springs
Kiwi encounter, Rainbow Springs

New Zealand's national symbol is a nocturnal flightless bird with nostrils on the end of its large beak. The kiwi is now endangered, and difficult to see in the wild.

These are some other well-known New Zealand native birds:
  • The playful kea is one of the most intelligent birds in the world and will happily attack a car in order to steal a windscreen wiper or other bits of rubber!
  • The loveable weka is a flightless bird with a penchant for shiny objects.
  • The takahe has a beautiful indigo plumage and bright red beak.
  • The tui is famed for its beautiful singing and white 'parson's collar'.
  • The morepork owl is so named because of the sound of its call, often heard at night.

The ancient tuatara

The tuatara is a unique relic of the past - the only beak-headed reptile left in the world. Every species of this reptile family, except the tuatara, died out around 65 million years ago. Tuatara can live for over 100 years, and are only found on protected offshore islands. Tuatara are not a threat to humans.

Sea life

CameraSwimming with dusky dolphins, Kaikoura
Swimming with dusky dolphins, Kaikoura
New Zealand has abundant and diverse marine life, and whale watching and swimming with dolphins are two of our most highly recommended experiences. The small Hector's dolphin is the world's rarest dolphin and only found in New Zealand waters. Seals, penguins and a whole host of fish and shellfish also thrive in New Zealand's fertile marine environment. 

North Island

  • The North Island or Te Ika-a-Māui is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, separated from the slightly larger but much less populous South Island by Cook Strait.
  • The island is 113,729 square kilometres (43,911 sq mi) in area, making it the world's 14th-largest island. 
  • It has a population of 3,450,800 (June 2014 estimate).
  • Twelve main urban areas (half of them officially cities) are in the North Island. 
  • Wellington, the capital, located at the south-west extremity of the island.
  • About 77% of New Zealand's population lives in the North Island.
Active volcanoes, island sanctuaries and history top the list when visiting New Zealand’s North Island. From the far north where New Zealand’s political history began, journey through landscapes that blend magnificent coast, sprawling farmlands and geothermal wonders. Maori culture is rich and ever-present in many parts of the North Island.


  • Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington, New Zealand, was recently named "the coolest little capital in the world" by Lonely Planet.
  • Te Papa is the innovative national museum and a world leader in interactive experiences. New Zealand's history, art and people are showcased in fun and interesting exhibitions. Set on Wellington's waterfront, Te Papa is the most visited museum in Australasia and entry is free for most exhibitions.
  • Wellington has a reputation as the cultural capital. See a live show and concert any night of the week.
  • Walk around the stunning waterfront and follow the Wellington Writer's Walk - quotes from New Zealand writers are celebrated in large stone sculptures. Best enjoyed with a coffee or ice-cream in hand. 
  • A restored, historic cable cartravels from downtown Wellington up to the Botanic Garden, where there are sweeping views of the city and harbour.
  • Take a bush walk in Otari-Wilton's Bush, New Zealand's only botanic garden dedicated solely to native forest.
  • Kapiti Island Nature Reserve sits just off the coastline - it's one of New Zealand's leading conservation islands.
  • Enjoy animal antics at Wellington Zoo - New Zealand's oldest zoological park.
  • Hire a sea kayak and paddle around the picturesque bays of Wellington Harbour.


  • Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and main transport hub.
  • Rangitoto Island, just a 25-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, is the region's most iconic volcano and a favourite day trip destination for visitors, hikers and bird watchers.
  • Enjoy wine tasting and beachcombing on Waiheke Island, a half hour ferry ride from the city centre.
  • Discover the historic Mansion House on Kawau Island - once the home of Governor George Grey.
  • Visit the Sky Tower and travel 328 metres up in glass fronted lifts to the spectacular viewing platforms. Family members who are 10 years or over might like to do a Sky walk or Sky jump!
  • SheepWorld promises a close encounter with farm animals.
  • Do the Coast to Coast Walkway - a unique walk joining the east and west coasts of Auckland and taking in many of the city’s scenic icons. Enquire at the Visitor Information Centre in the city for a brochure on the walkway.
  • EcoZip Adventures offers state-of-the-art flying fox ziplines and an eco-immersive forest walk on breathtaking Waiheke Island, for nature lovers of all ages.
  • Visit the wildlife sanctuary on Tiritiri Matangi. The island is home to many endangered birds, including the extremely rare Takahe.

South Island

  • The South Island or Te Waipounamu is the larger of the two major islands of New Zealand, the other being the more populous North Island
  • The South Island covers 150,437 square kilometres (58,084 sq mi) and is influenced by a temperate climate.
  • As it has a 33% larger landmass than the North Island it is often known as the "mainland", however only 23% of New Zealand's 4.5 million inhabitants live in the South Island.

A palette of dramatic scenes, New Zealand’s South Island hosts the purest natural
landscapes you’ll ever experience. Showcasing the best of nature’s assets where towering alps meet peaceful sounds and rugged coastlines merge with sweeping plains. Let’s not forget the backbone of the island - the most down-to-earth locals you’ll ever meet.

Central Otago 

  • A powerful landscape, sunny, dry and brown with weathered ancient mountains, alpine herb fields and fast flowing rivers. 

  • Cycle the Otago Central Rail Trail or any one of the incredible trails on offer.

  • Find your way to Shaky Bridge, and the town's original stone piers - relics of the gold mining days.
  • Visit one of the many cellar doors in the Cromwell Basin - there is magic in sipping a wine in the place where it was made.
  • Pack a picnic and relax on the shores of Lake Dunstan - an idyllic location for swimming, fishing, boating and watersports.
  • There are mountain biking routes and treks around the valley - contact the Lake Roxburgh Lodge for bike hire.
  • Clyde Dam is New Zealand's third largest hydro power station, an amazing feat of engineering.
  • Other historical towns in Central Otago include NasebySt Bathans and Ranfurly; famous for their gold-rush pasts and stunning landscapes.

  • Christchurch

    • Canterbury stretches from ocean to the Alps, and is land of plains and peaks.
    • It is a place of variety and innumerable attractions.
    • Located in the middle of the South Island. 

    • Stroll around the Farmers Markets, showcasing the best of Canterbury’s produce.
    • Explore the Canterbury Museum, including the Hall of Antarctic Discovery.
    • Visit the quirky Pop Up City bars for a good night out.
    • At Orana Wildlife Park you can experience the diverse splendour of the animal kingdom in tranquil, spacious surroundings.
    • Ride the Waimakariri river in a jet boat; pickups are available from Christchurch City. 
    • See New Zealand's rarest dolphin - the Hector's dolphin - on a wildlife cruise of Akaroa Harbour.
    • Soak in the hot thermal pools at Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve or have fun on the hydroslide.
    • Visit beautiful Gore Bay.
    • Go whale-watching byboat or air at any time of the year.
    • Take a bird watching tour to view seabirds, albatross, molly-mawks, petrels and many more.
    • Explore the Tasman Glacier terminal lake and icebergs up close withGlacier Explorers. This is the only tour of its kind in New Zealand.
    • The area has the largest collection of Maori Rock Art in New Zealand. Head for Raincliff near the confluence of the Opihi and Opuha Rivers.
    • See unique and rare wildlife and learn about geology, history and conservation on a high country eco tour.

    • Dunedin

      • Dunedin is a region of unique landscapes and fascinating cultural history.
      • Enjoy getting close to rare wildlife and soaking up the quirky city vibe.
      • Visit historic Olveston for a peek at the home-life of a Dunedin family during Edwardian times.
      • Larnach Castle is New Zealand's only castle. It perches on a hill overlooking the magnificent Otago Harbour.
      • Take a tour of Speights Brewery, home of the South Island's favourite beer.
      • Chocolate lovers will delight in the Cadbury World factory tour and chocolate shop.
      • Take a journey through the snickleways of haunted Victorian Dunedin with Hair Raiser Ghost Tour
      • Visit the Royal Albatross Centre at Taiaroa Head. It's the site of the only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross in the world.
      • Catch a cruise to see albatross, seals, blue penguins, cormorants and other interesting creatures.
      • Climb onto a unique 8-wheel amphibious vehicle for a coastal farm adventure with Nature's Wonders. You'll see fur seals, sea lions and yellow-eyed penguins.


      • The Waitaki region is a place of scenic contrast and haunting natural beauty.
      • Experience mysterious boulders, windswept beaches and Maori rock art.
      • Ride a horse around the paddocks at Springbank Farm in Palmerston.
      • Marvel at the perfect roundness of the mysterious Moeraki boulders.
      • Dine on fresh seafood straight from the boats at Moeraki's fishing village.
      • Buy fish and chips for a beach picnic at Hampden.
      • View the penguins coming ashore at dusk at the Oamaru Blue Penguin colony.
      • Explore the beginnings of New Zealand's farming industry at historic Totara Estate.
      • Admire Oamaru's historic stone architecture - many buildings feature Oamaru whitestone, a form of limestone.
      • Wander through Oamaru's historic harbour precinct; experience a collection of Victorian era markets and stores.
      • Take a step into prehistoric New Zealand at the Vanished World Centre and fossil trails in Duntroon.

      More Information about Visit New Zealand, view HERE