Ultimate New Zealand Work & Travel
12 months from $1,688
- Enjoy a week of hostel accommodation when you first arrive in Auckland
- Get set up with everything you need to find a great paid job, including a bank account, tax number and mobile phone SIM card
- Find paid work in hospitality, childcare, agriculture, construction and many more industries!
- See the very best of the North and South Islands with a flexible bus pass
- Discover beautiful beaches, vibrant cities and mighty mountains
- Spend up to a year working and travelling in this fantastic country!
Head to New Zealand and spend a year working and travelling in the country. This fantastic package combines our excellent working holiday programme with our super-flexible bus pass, giving you the best of both worlds! Make the most of 12 months of job support to find great paid work and then spend the money you earn on travelling around the country! You’ll see the very best of the North and South Islands and discover the spectacular landscapes and cities that New Zealand is famous for!
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Combine 12 months' job support in New Zealand with a flexible travel pass around the North and South Islands. Travel, make friends, earn money, and have fun on this fantastic Kiwi combo!
What’s included in the package:
New Zealand Paid Work (up to 12 months)
This excellent programme sets you up with everything you need to find awesome paid work in New Zealand. You’ll enjoy 12 months’ job support from our fantastic in-country jobs team, as well as CV tips, interview prep and long-term accommodation advice. The jobs team will also sort out all the important stuff too, like getting you set up with a bank account and sorting out a tax number, so you can get going as quickly as possible.
Arriving at Auckland airport, you’ll need to hop on a SkyBus to get to your hostel in the city centre. Familiarise yourself with your surroundings by lounging in the hostel’s common areas and bars and get to know your fellow travellers and roommates, or take a wander through the cosmopolitan city streets.
You’ll be given full orientation on the first working day after your arrival, where your New Zealand co-ordinator will tell you about the local area and jobs on offer, explain a bit about travelling around the rest of the country, and be able to tell you about the best places to party at while you’re in the city!
You’ll also receive the following:
1 month’s luggage storage
NZ SIM card
You’ll also have a one-to-one meeting with a member of the jobs team within the first few days of your arrival. Together you can discuss previous work experience, preferences for types of work, what to expect from different jobs, and help getting your CV up to scratch (if necessary). From there you’ll be able to start searching for suitable jobs all over New Zealand, with help and support making your applications.
Remember to prepare and bring your CV with you along with four passport photos. You’ll have all the support you need to bag a job, but it’ll be down to you to actually look for and apply for work, so make the most of the opportunities available to you. There are jobs for skilled workers in IT, healthcare, forestry and accounting, but the majority of job vacancies will be in hospitality, home help and au pair work, farm/seasonal work, labour and construction, and temping/office work.
New Zealand Travel Pass (up to 12 months)
The New Zealand Travel Pass is the perfect package to add to your New Zealand Paid Work experience, as it lasts for the same amount of time – up to 12 months – and will give you the freedom to travel all over the country in your downtime and between jobs without the worry of having to find extra money to put towards your travel costs while you’re in New Zealand. You can even use your pass as a one-off tour and travel the entire route in a minimum of 30 days (although we recommend giving yourself at least 38 days), if you prefer.
The following itinerary can be completed in 30 days-
Auckland to Paihia
Travel to beautiful Paihia, stopping off at the ancient Parry Kauri Forest Park on the way.
Paihia to Cape Reinga
Make the journey to Cape Reinga and go sand surfing on the biggest sand dunes in New Zealand!
Paihai to Auckland
Enjoy some free time to explore Paihai or just to chill out. Head to Auckland this afternoon.
Auckland to Hahei
Take a trip to Hot Water Beach in beautiful Hahei and enjoy a classic Kiwi barbecue later on.
Free time in Hahei: Hire a mountain bike or kayak and explore your beautiful surroundings.
Hahei to Rotorua
Journey through rural Waitomo to Rotorua, famous for its geothermic activity and pungent sulphuric smells!
A free day to explore Rotorua. Opt to relax in one of the city's many spas or visit the nearby Hobbiton Movie Set.
Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua
Enjoy some free time in Rotorua this morning before boarding the bus to beautiful Lake Aniwhenua.
Lake Aniwhenua to Blue Duck Station
Help give out packed lunches to disadvantaged children before travelling to Blue Duck Station.
Blue Duck Station
Walk to Kaiwhakauka Waterfall and try out some optional activities at this beautiful country estate.
Blue Duck Station to Raetihi
Visit Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO Dual World Heritage Site, on the way to Raetihi.
Raetihi to Wellington
We'll make our way to New Zealand’s capital today via Ohakune, Taihape, and Bulls.
Wellington to Abel Tasman National Park
Sail across the Cook Strait from North Island to South Island, and head to Abel Tasman National Park.
Abel Tasman National Park
Explore the national park by foot or by air today or go on a boat excursion.
Abel Tasman National Park to Franz Josef
Take in the unusual views across Punakaiki's Pancake Rocks and blowholes on the way to Franz Josef.
Make sure you visit the mighty Franz Josef Glacier today.
Franz Josef to Wanaka
Walk around Lake Matheson before travelling through the mountains to Wanaka.
Wanaka to Queenstown
Try some optional activities before making the journey to Queenstown.
Free time in Queenstown: Go canyoning, bungee jumping, or ziplining.
Queenstown to Gunn’s Camp
Travel on the lakes through the stunning mountain and glacier scenery of fiordland to Gunn’s Camp.
Gunn’s Camp to Invercargill/Stewart Island
Take a walk through the beech forest to Viewing Gantry before making the journey to Invercargill.
Invercargill/Stewart Island to Queenstown
Go on an excursion to Waipapa Point, Curio Bay, and Porpoise Bay to see the local wildlife.
Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook
Go on a 4WD Argo tour at Mt Cook and visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.
Mt Cook to Rangitata
Visit the serene setting of Lake Tekapo and see the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd.
Rangitata to Christchurch
Opt to go white water rafting and then discover exciting Christchurch.
Christchurch to Kaikoura
Discover beautiful Kaikoura in your own time today. Go whale watching or walk around the peninsula.
Kaikoura to Wellington
Board the ferry at Picton to cross the Cook Strait back to Wellington.
Wellington to Auckland
Leaving Wellington early this morning,we’ll make the trip back to Auckland and enjoy a night out.
Please note all activities, itineraries and routes are subject to change
New Zealand Paid Work
- Airport transfer on arrival
- 7 night’s accommodation
- 7 breakfasts
- Full orientation session
- Bank account set up assistance
- 12 months’ online job access
- Free wifi
- Job assistance at an office in Auckland
- 24/7 emergency support
New Zealand Travel Pass
- Modern bus with guide/driver
- 12-month flexible hop-on-hop-off bus pass
- On-board Wi-fi
- Accommodation reservations
- Bay of Islands visit
- Parry Kauri Forest visit
- Hot Water Beach relaxation
- Dune surfing
- Visit to Hahei
- Huka Falls trip
- Tongariro National Park excursion
- Country farm experience
- Abel Tasman National Park visit
- Punakaiki pancake rocks
- Franz Josef Glacier stop
- Viewing gantry walk in Fiordland
- 24/7 emergency support
- Travel insurance
- Accommodation (after first 7 nights in Auckland)
- The cost of the ferry crossings between the North and South Islands if you travel around both islands
New Zealand Paid Work
7 nights of accommodation are included at a buzzing hostel in the centre of Auckland. After your first 7 nights, you can either extend your stay in the hostel or look for a house share with other travellers. Accommodation after the first seven nights is at your own cost.
7 breakfasts are included in Auckland. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. You can either eat out or grab some food from the local supermarket and prepare meals in the hostel kitchen.
New Zealand Travel Bus Pass
Accommodation is not included with the bus pass. You bus driver will recommend the best hostels in each stop. Meals are not included.
You should arrange flights to Auckland International Airport (AKL) to arrive any time on the first day of your booking. From the airport, you will need to catch an Airbus to the city centre which is included in your package.
You do not have to start or end your bus pass route in Auckland. You can start and finish wherever you like along the route. A return airport transfer is not included.
The minimum age to join this trip is 18 years.
In order to work in New Zealand, you will need to apply for a working holiday visa. To be eligible for a working holiday visa you must:
- Hold a valid passport, with at least six months remaining following return.
- Not be accompanied by children on your visit.
- Have a valid return flight ticket, or have sufficient funds to buy a return ticket.
- Meet the relevant health and character requirements.
- Not previously have been approved under the New Zealand Working Holiday Scheme for a visa or permit.
The New Zealand Working Holiday Visa Scheme is currently available to holders of passports from:
Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Singapore (work exchange programme), Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, and Vietnam.
What Do I Do After My First Seven Days In Auckland?
This is up to you! If you want to start working straight away, you could either stay in Auckland and extend your stay at the hostel or arrange a house share with some fellow travellers, or head off to another part of the country to find work. Alternatively, you could begin your bus pass adventures and save working for later!
How Long Do You Recommend I Travel For On The Bus Pass?
The minimum time to complete the route is 30 days. The pass is valid for up to 12 months. We recommend spending at least 38 days doing the tour, or five to eight weeks to really make the most of your travel pass.
Can I Extend My Working Holiday Visa?
Yes! You can apply for an extension on your Working Holiday Visa for up to 23 months. You’ll need to fill out an application form and get a medical check-up as part of the process.
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.
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.
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.