New Zealand Paid Work

From £379.00

Highlights

Auckland Harbour

Trip Highlights

  • Fantastic programme that provides you with all the support and assistance you need to help you find your feet and begin your working holiday in New Zealand.
  • Experience Auckland's great nightlife and stunning surrounding area.
  • Gain work experience overseas in one of the most sparsely populated and attractive countries in the world.
  • Earn cash to fund your travels around the North and South Islands.

Trip Summary

This is the perfect programme combining everything you need to enjoy a working holiday in New Zealand on your gap year! We’ll help with your accommodation, offer access to a job centre, let you know the latest travel offers and there’ll be loads of opportunities to meet other like minded travellers so that you can share your experiences!

We’ll get you settled into New Zealand with a whole bunch of young travellers so you can kick off your trip having fun and partying in Auckland. Once we’ve sorted out your social circle, we’ll then get you sorted out with finding work so that you can earn some cash to fund your travels around the incredible North and South Islands.

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Trip itinerary

The New Zealand Paid Work package gives you a hassle-free start to your working holiday in New Zealand, making it easy to meet new people and find paid work.

You will fly into Auckland airport and where you will need to catch the SkyBus to the hostel (the cost of the bus ticket will be refunded up to the amount of NZD $16 when you check-in at the hostel).

Our hostel is right in the heart of Auckland - a great location to get to grips with the city and the Kiwi way of life. While you are staying here you will have help finding a job and you have will a detailed orientation session with a local NZ co-ordinator. 

An orientation will be held on the first business day after you arrive into Auckland. For your orientation date and time please see inside your welcome pack which you will receive upon check-in. The session is packed with loads of useful information including info about jobs; travelling around New Zealand and for some the most important advice – where the best bars and clubs are in Auckland! There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions. They will also give you all the following items and information.

  • 48 hours wifi internet access
  • 1 month luggage storage
  • Work NZ Handbook with diary and information about living in NZ
  • Complimentary drink voucher at hostel bar
  • SIM Card
  • Welcome Pack
  • Hostel membership valid for 1 year

Within your first few days of arrival, you will also have a one to one meeting with a member of the jobs team. They will discuss with you your previous work experience and help amend your CV if necessary. This is also your opportunity to let them know what your preferences are in regards to work. Together you will start to search for suitable jobs and the recruitment consultant will offer you advice on additional places and websites you can visit to get your job hunting adventure really under way.

This programme includes a 12-month job finding service. We have a team that are specialists at finding jobs for NZ working holidaymakers. There are opportunities to find work in the following fields; labour and construction, temping, bar/café work, fruit picking (seasonal), travel and tourism, trade positions, health sectors work, clerical/office admin work, accountancy and many more. There are jobs all over the country to choose from, you needn't be restricted to one area!

Another part of the jobs service is assistance with sorting out the important stuff, like sorting out a bank account, getting a tax number, preparing a CV and arranging interviews. The job office will have, on average, between 60 and 120 jobs for you to choose from (though this does depend on the season). Due to a shortage of skilled workers in NZ there is currently work available in the skilled fields, from IT to healthcare and forestry to accounting.

Labouring and Construction

Work of this nature tends to be weather dependent, so there are generally more jobs in the summer than the winter. Work can mostly be found within the cities, but if it is outside of the city, you will find that your employer will provide return transport for you.

Hospitality

The hospitality industry is one of the big job providers for travellers. Jobs in this industry include hotel reception jobs, working in a bar/restaurant, kitchen work. Most of these jobs are found around city centres so transport is not a problem.

Short and Long term temping

Temping encompasses all different types of office work, such as IT, Graphic Design, telesales, sales and promotion, accounts, banking and even personal assistant work. These jobs are again focused around city centres and are the most popular working options, as the longer/short term contracts are reasonably flexible.

Home help and Au Pair

This is a great choice for anyone who has had experience working with people, particularly children. You'll get to live with a New Zealand family and see their way of life and you might even be lucky enough to get a free holiday away with the family!

Farm Work Experience

Live on a Kiwi farm with a bit of manual farm work. Farm work can be paid or it can be voluntary in exchange for free accommodation and food. Just like when you are looking for work in this country, you will need to take some copies of your CV with you, which should have two e-mail addresses of previous employers for reference purposes.

With the right motivation and attitude your working experiences in New Zealand will be positive and fulfilling. Be flexible. You never know where your job will take you unless you give it a go. People often refuse jobs because they don’t like the sound of the work or that it isn’t what they are used to doing at home. However, you never know when the next job will come along so make the most of every opportunity to learn and to earn some money. Just think how much more you will appreciate those dollars when you want to do any of the adrenaline fuelled activities New Zealand is known for or enjoying a cold beer and watching the sun set on another perfect day of travelling.

Clothing

You will need to have the appropriate clothing for the work you do. This may involve purchasing new clothes if you do not have them with you. In general you will need the following:

  • Steel toe-capped boots for labouring
  • Closed toe black shoes, black trousers/skirt, white shirt for hospitality work
  • Smart office clothing and closed toe, polished shoes for office and call centre work
  • Kitchen whites for cook/chef work

Apart from labouring / manual work, most jobs require that you have neat hair and clothing. Facial piercing and outrageous hair are usually not accepted on hospitality and office positions.

CV
You must take a CV, or Resumé, as its known in New Zealand. It should be kept to a maximum of two pages and it should include your contact details in New Zealand and your past work experience. Also bring at least four passport photos. 

For those who arrive feeling confident that the job side is all covered, we have the PLUS option to discover a few of the North Island’s sites. This includes admission into The Sky Tower and a Kiwi Experience Bay of Islands pass.

The Sky Tower is one Auckland’s most iconic landmarks, towering into the city’s skyline. Standing at 328 metres tall it is the highest man-made structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Opting for the PLUS option gives you access to three levels of the tower, including a café, bar and two viewing platforms, the highest of which is 220 metres up and provides amazing views over Auckland.

No trip to New Zealand's North Island would be complete without a visit to the beautiful Bay of Islands, a group of 144 islands with astonishing beaches. With the PLUS option all return transport from Auckland to Paihia is included, once in Paihia you are free to explore until your heart is content. For a bit of culture we recommend visiting Waitangi, the treaty grounds where the Maori chiefs signed the accord with the British. You’ll get to explore many of the islands, try some of the water based activities such as swimming with wild dolphins and kayaking, or if you just want some chill time then hit one of the many stunning beaches, you won't be disappointed!

Please note that the Kiwi Experience pass only includes transport between Auckland and Paihia. All accommodation, meals and activities are at your own cost and bookable locally.

Please Note: Due to the recent earthquake in New Zealand, this itineraries and activities are subject to change without prior notice. Whilst we will always try and notify you of any changes prior to departure, this is not always possible and is outside of the control of ourselves or our in-country operators. We ask that you are remain open-minded and understanding to any itinerary changes that may occur during your travels with us.

Destination Information

New Zealand is extremely popular in terms of tourism, especially with backpackers due to its diverse range of geographical features, extreme sports and cosmopolitan cities. It is one of the most recently populated major landmasses, settled by the Maori’s in the year 1000. The Maori language native to New Zealand is named Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud.

New Zealand consists of two main islands, the North and the South. The North Island, home to the major cities: the capital Wellington and “The city of sails” Auckland is mainly volcanic in origin boasting many seismic features such as geysers and hot springs. The South Island is separated down its length by the Southern Alps, the highest point of which is Mount Cook/ Aoraki. 

Trip Notes

What's Included

  • Airport transfer in Auckland
  • 7 nights shared hostel accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Full & detailed orientation session with local NZ co-ordinator
  • Auckland city tour
  • Bank account set up assistance
  • 12 months online job access
  • Free tea and coffee at the accommodation
  • 48 hours free Wi-fi
  • Job assistance at an office in Auckland
  • Admission to Sky Tower (PLUS option only)
  • Kiwi Experience Bay of Islands pass (PLUS option only)

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Working Holiday Visa
  • Travel Insurance

Additional Information & FAQ's

Minimum Age & Eligibility

Applicants need to be aged between 18 and 30 years old.

Accomodation & Meals

For the first 7 nights you will stay in a hostel that is located right in the heart of Auckland city. It is situated in a great location with restaurants, bars, shops, movies, art galleries, a post office, theatres, and the Sky Tower all just minutes away.

The hostel is also a great place to meet other travellers who you can explore the city with and the friendly hostel staff will be able to help you sort out work, play or travelling requirements. After those seven nights are up, you can either extend your stay at the hostel or look into getting a house share with other travellers that you’ve met. The hostel staff are experts in this field and will be able to help you find accommodation.

Breakfasts vouchers are included to use at a local cafe in the first week. You will be responsible for your lunch and dinner. You can either eat out at one of the many restaurants in Auckland, or you can visit the local supermarket and prepare your own meals in the self catering kitchen.

Extra Notes

Visa Information

Visa courier service

If you prefer to use a specialist visa courier service to apply for your visa on your behalf, we recommend Visa Central who can offer you assistance and advice, making your visa application straight forward.

To investigate costs for this service click here to select the country or countries that you wish to travel to.

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