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Paid Work in New Zealand

Up to 12 months from £899

£49 Deposit
Auckland at night

An epic working holiday with full job support in New Zealand

Sailing on Lake Taupo
Kerosene Creek
Maori experience
Travel & earn in New Zealand
Meet like-minded travellers
Choose North Island or South Island
Group size: Avg 6-18

Trip Highlights

  • Get up to 12 months unlimited support on living and working in New Zealand from our dedicated jobs team
  • Travel New Zealand as you earn with jobs all across the country, in both the North and South Islands
  • Wages starting from $20 NZD per hour!
  • Meet like-minded people and party with new friends
  • A fun intro week of amazing activities is included: Discover the magical glow-worm caves of Waitomo (North Island) or cruise through Fjordland, into the spectacular Milford Sound (South Island)

Trip Summary

Explore the highlights of the North or South Island on a 9 day tour, before spending up to 12 months living and working in NZ. Get set up with your first 8 nights of accommodation and everything else you will need to live and work like a local Kiwi! Our dedicated job team will help you from bank accounts, tax numbers, sim cards and more, as well as providing unlimited job support for the whole time you are in NZ! With jobs all across the country and wages starting at $20 per hour, now is the time to make your dream of earning whilst travelling a reality

 

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Want to live and work abroad as well as gain some epic work experience for your CV? This programme has everything you need to live and work in New Zealand for 12 months. Start your adventure with 9 days of fun with a group of new mates, before our local team set you up with all the necessities needed to work. A year of unlimited job support and access to an evergrowing jobs database is included!

North Island

Day 1: Arrive in Auckland. Kia ora – welcome to beautiful New Zealand! Meet your guide and your travel crew this evening and learn all about the amazing adventures we’ve got planned!

Day 2: Auckland orientation. Get to know beautiful Auckland today on an orientation tour. Then we’ll get you set up with the essentials for working and living in NZ after the trip is over. If you’re not planning to work, just enjoy some free time. This evening we’ll see what the city’s nightlife is made of.

Day 3: Waitomo, Hobbiton & Rotorua. Our first stop today is at the famous glow-worm caves of Waitomo. We’ll see the fairy-tale caves by boat - prepare to be amazed by the surreal underground landscape. Next stop is Hobbiton. Take a tour of the real-life movie set and enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn, before continuing to Rotorua.

Day 4: Rotorua hot springs. Welcome to New Zealand’s thermal wonderland. First on the menu is Kerosene Creek, a natural hot spring, then we’ll head to Wai-O-Tapu, a surreal landscape shaped by geo-thermal activity. The rest of the afternoon is yours – why not have a go at zorbing?

Day 5: Rotorua thermal pools and Maori village. See more of Rotorua’s volcanic treasures this morning with hot springs, bubbling pools of mud and natural ‘foot spas’. This evening, immerse yourself in traditional culture at a Maori village.

Day 6: Taupo & sunset sail. Make tracks for the lakeside town of Taupo. We’re taking a very special sunset sail tonight across Lake Taupo – cameras at the ready!

Day 7: Huka Falls & hot springs. Today we’re hitting Huka Falls. Marvel at the natural spectacle of tons of water thundering down from the Waikato River before relaxing in some natural hot pools – bliss.

Day 8: Back to Auckland. Head back to Auckland today for an onward travel and work planning session. If you’re not planning to work, enjoy some free time to explore Auckland more. Tonight, we’ll get the crew together one last time for a farewell dinner and a final night out on the town.

Day 9: Trip end. Your trip has come to an end, but for some of you, the adventure is only just beginning! If you’re heading home, we hope to see you again soon. If you’re staying on to live and work in NZ, our jobs team will be here to support you every step of the way.

South Island

Day 1: Arrive in Queenstown. Welcome to New Zealand! One of our local team will greet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation. Meet the rest of your group tonight and head out for drinks.

Day 2: Queenstown tour & jetboating. We’ll give you all the essentials you need for living and working in New Zealand this morning, before an orientation tour of Queenstown. This afternoon enjoy an afternoon of jet boating at 80kmh through amazing canyons!

Day 3: Milford Sound & Te Anau. Explore Milford Sound today, one of the most spectacular places in New Zealand (that’s saying something!) Marvel at the sheer cliffs and cascading waterfalls (keep your eyes peeled for seals!) Then spend the evening in charming Te Anau.

Day 4: Lord of the Rings & Wanaka. Travel to Wanaka through jaw-dropping landscapes. We’ll stop to see some Lord of the Rings filming locations. Marvel at the views over ‘Middle Earth’, before we arrive in the lovely lakeside town of Wanaka.

Day 5: Wanaka. Take some pics of the Insta-famous ‘Wanaka Tree’ before hiking up Mount Iron for mind-blowing views of Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea, and Mt Aspiring National Park from the top. New Zealand – you’re gorgeous.

Day 6: Lake Tekapo & Mt Cook National Park. Drive through the Southern Alps, before stopping at the milky blue waters of Lake Tekapo. Take a hike this afternoon down the iconic Hooker Valley track, for unforgettable views of Aoraki / Mt Cook.

Day 7: Lake Tekapo. Explore Lake Tekapo at your own pace today. Take a hike, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, or just chill lakeside. This evening relax in the Tekapo Springs while learning about Maori mythology and gazing at the unbelievable canopy of stars.  

Day 8: Queenstown work & travel planning. Travel back to Queenstown today for a session with our jobs team. If you’re not planning to work, how about booking skydiving, bungee or ski passes? This evening get together for one last dinner and a night out on the town.

Day 9: Trip end. Your amazing Kiwi adventure comes to an end today. If you’re planning to stay on and work in New Zealand, your adventure is only just beginning! If you’re not planning to work – safe travels!

Working in New Zealand

After your first week of fun, you get full support in finding the perfect working holiday job for you. There are jobs all over New Zealand (no matter whether you choose North or South island) We also set up a bank account, sim card, tax number and more to make your job search as seamless as possible.

Download the trip notes to find out more about the itinerary, the paid work support and types of jobs available on this amazing programme!

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North Island 

  • 5 breakfasts & 3 dinners
  • Auckland city orientation
  • Waitomo glow-worm caves boat tour
  • Hobbiton film set tour
  • Kerosene creek
  • Wai-O-Tapu thermal pools
  • Kuirau geothermal park
  • Maori cultural experience
  • Lake Taupo sunset sailing
  • Huka Falls
  • Hot springs

South Island

  • 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner
  • Queenstown city tour
  • Canyon jet boating
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Lord of the Rings tour
  • Hike Mount Iron
  • Mount Cook/Aoraki National Park
  • Hot springs star gazing experience

Both options

  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • Group leader
  • Airport pick up
  • All on-trip transport
  • NZ bank account, IRD number & SIM card 
  • Unlimited access to the NZ jobs app 
  • Work in NZ presentation
  • CV building and interview skills
  • Unlimited job finding assistance and advice
  • 24 hour emergency assistance

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals, drinks and snacks
  • Optional activities

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Where you'll be staying...

8 nights’ accommodation are included on this trip - either in the North Island or South island depending on what you prefer. Accommodation will be in some specially selected, centrally located hostels, where you will share rooms with 4-6 people on a mixed sex basis. 

Long-term accommodation options

If you’re staying on in New Zealand to live and work, you’ll need to arrange your own accommodation after the 9 day trip is over. You’ll get lots of advice on how to find places to live during the planning session on day 8. Most travellers who stay in New Zealand either end up sharing an apartment with other travellers that they meet on our trips or extend their stay in a hostel. Renting tends to work out more cheaply, and you’ll have your own room, which may not always be the case in a hostel. However, hostels are more flexible if you’re looking to move around more, and lower rates can usually be negotiated for longer term stays.  

Meals

5 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included on the North Island itinerary and 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner are included on the South Island itinerary

You’ll need to cover the rest of your meals, snacks and drinks yourself. This means you’ve got the flexibility to eat where and when you like, and to try a wide variety of New Zealand’s diverse cuisine. Alternatively, you can prepare meals for yourself in the hostel kitchens if you’re on a tight budget.

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North Island - The trip kicks off on day 1 in Auckland so you will need to fly into Auckland International Airport (AKL)

South Island - The trip kicks off on day 1 in Queenstown so you will need to fly into Queenstown Airport (ZQN)

There are no activities planned until the welcome meeting this evening, so arrive at a time that suits you and a member of the local team will collect you from the airport..

As you will be staying on in New Zealand to live and work, it is up to you whether you extend your stay in Auckland or Queenstown or whether you travel elsewhere in NZ after your orientation week. Your group leader can help you with all your plans.

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Travel only

You need to be a minimum of 18 years old to join this trip. In order to work in New Zealand after the tour is over, you’ll need to be between 18 and 30, due to Working Holiday Visa restrictions. British citizens can select from either a 12 month or 23 month visa. You can work for a maximum of 12 months during your time in New Zealand.

To be eligible for a Work Visa, you must:

  • Hold a valid passport
  • Be aged between 18 and 30 years old
  • Have NZD$4200 of funds to support yourself during your trip
  • Have a return ticket or sufficient funds to buy a ticket
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Not previously have been approved a permit or visa under a Working Holiday scheme
  • Your passport should be valid for a minimum of three months from your date of exit

All visa, passport and entry restrictions are subject to change. Please check the most up to date rules with the embassy before travel.

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Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:

Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.

Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.

Arrival meetings
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.

Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.

Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.

Medical care
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.

Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.

Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.

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