Many New Zealand universities have dropped down the rankings after a global survey of 700 universities.
QS World University Rankings shows the University of Auckland fell 14 places to 82 this year.
The University of Otago has moved up five places to 130.
QS vice-president John Molony said New Zealand universities appeared to be losing ground this year.
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The rankings are based on research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.