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New Zealand Diploma in Landscape (Level 5)

with strand in Design


Course details

  • Jul 2024
    Feb 2025
  • One year
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $8,027*
  • Level 5
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Mixed delivery

Course details may change 
As part of our move into Te Pūkenga, we are excited to be part of a large-scale review of courses. This is ongoing, meaning some course details may change, including fees and entry requirements. In the meantime, applications are open, and we welcome you to apply. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Students in this programme will advance their skills in landscape design and gain experience covering a wide range of complex sites and situations. They will become proficient at preparing working drawings and specifications for installation purposes and confident in supporting on-site contractors.

This programme is ideally suited to people who have experience in the landscape industry or equivalent fundamentals and wish to develop their technical skills and knowledge to a more advanced level. Teaching is blended and takes place primarily online, supported by two-three short blocks of on-campus classes at our Hamilton Gardens location each semester. This means you have the flexibility to fit your study around other life priorities and commitments.

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Design strand

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
HORT5401Landscape Graphics515  
HORT5402Planting Design515  
HORT5403Landscapes in Context 515  
HORT5404Design Studio515 HORT5401
HORT5405Planting Plans and Documentation515  
HORT5406Construction Plans and Documentation515  
HORT5407Advanced Design Studio515HORT5404 
HORT5408Landscape Professional Practice 515  
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Career/further opportunities

Graduates of this qualification are likely to be employed as landscape designers.

Once you have industry experience, you can become an accredited designer. The Garden Design Society of New Zealand (GDSNZ) and the Registered Master Landscapers New Zealand (RML) offer pathways to professional accreditation. You may also choose to go on to higher-level study.


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Entry criteria

Applicants are required to have gained one of the following:

  • NCEA Level 2 and relevant work experience, or
  • the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services Level 4 (Landscape Design strand), or
  • a recognised equivalent, or
  • relevant work experience.

Special admission
Applicants who are at least 20 years of age or older and who do not meet the general admission requirements above is eligible for special admission. We work to ensure they are prepared for their intended programme. 

Discretionary admission
Applicants who are not yet 20 years of age and do not meet the general admission requirements stated above may be eligible for discretionary admission. In assessing whether to grant discretionary admission, the primary focus will be on the applicant’s level of preparedness for this programme.

English language requirements
International applicants are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) academic score of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5 from one test taken in the last two years, or equivalent described in NZQA Rules.
Do not meet the entry criteria?


Horticulture, Arboriculture, Landscape Design and Construction pathway diagram

To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Semester 2 2024

Date: Tuesday 23 July 2024
Time: 9am
Venue: Online via Zoom

What you need to know:
  • We will email you the Zoom link closer to your online induction.
  • This online session will run for no longer than 1.5 hours.

How to use Zoom
Zoom is an online video service connecting you to our team. It is free to use via your phone, PC, laptop, tablet or another internet-capable device and you don't need a camera. If you are new to Zoom, you need to set up an account using your email, Google, or Facebook accounts. To do this, go to and follow the sign-up prompts. Once your account has been created, click on the Zoom web provided to you.

What you will need

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

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