I'm a little surprised that so many people have no idea where New Zealand is. I'm a little more surprised that they think it's a tropical paradise like Hawaii. So, to help those who are geographically challenged, I present to you... a map.
According to www.geobytes.com, it is 9,233 miles (14,857 kilometers) between Binghamton, New York (home) and Dunedin, New Zealand (school). According to my flight itinerary, it's going to take 30 hours to get there. I forgot to mention that I really, really don't like to fly.