Absolute NZ Jobs
Have fun & make friends on a New Zealand working holiday!
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Group Size: Varies
Trip code: NZNZ
Duration: Up to 12 months job support
Aged 18-30? Take advantage of the working holiday visa scheme and enjoy up to a year of paid work in New Zealand. Beginning with a week of guided fun and adventures in Auckland and the beautiful Bay of Islands area, you’ll soon meet new gap buddies and get settled in with 7 exciting days of pure fun! Then it's time to get job hunting with the help of our expert jobs team in Auckland, plus a full 12 months of job support and advice. Earn money and have loads of awesome adventures on this exciting Absolute NZ paid work and travel programme!
- Week 1 is all about fun! Enjoy 7 days of guided group adventures in amazing Auckland and the stunning Bay of Islands, including a city tour, a Maori cultural experience, a tour to Cape Reinga, a waterfall walk, sandboarding, & much more!
- Make new friends on the amazing activity-packed intro week and get set up with a ready-made group of buddies
- Once your fun intro week is over, find a paid job in New Zealand with expert assistance from our Auckland jobs team and 12 months of job support and advice – awesome!
- All the practicalities of job hunting are sorted for you including a bank account, tax number & SIM card so you won’t have to worry about a thing
- This trip offers amazing flexibility, with jobs available all across New Zealand. Choose exactly how long you want to work and travel & tailor-make it to suit you - it's the ideal way to find paid work!
Before you begin your job search you’ll enjoy 7 days focused on fun, settling in and making new friends, which includes amazing guided activities & sightseeing in Auckland and the Bay of Islands area. Once your first week of fun is over you can kick-start your job search with the expert advice and assistance of our Auckland jobs team.
Week 1: Fun, Culture and Adventure in Auckland and the Bay of Islands
Day 1, Sunday: Arrive in Auckland. Arrive into Auckland Airport at any time today, a shuttle transfer will be arranged to take you to your buzzing city centre hostel. If you arrive early in the day, why not head out and explore some of Auckland’s sights at your own pace as you get ready for a whole week of fun and adventure!
Day 2, Monday: Job orientation in Auckland. After an inclusive breakfast you will get your first introduction to the world of work in New Zealand. Join a welcome work and travel orientation session in the morning and then get assistance applying for your tax file number. In the afternoon you will be given a comprehensive job presentation and learn all about finding paid work in New Zealand. In the evening, you will tuck in to a delicious group pizza dinner with a free drink included!
Day 3, Tuesday: Auckland city tour. Another hearty inclusive breakfast will set you up for a morning of appointments at the bank, where you’ll finalise all your bank account details. After that, you’ll head out on a guided tour of Auckland. See all the highlights, including the Harbour area and bridge, Mt Eden Volcano and The Domain. Spend another evening bonding with your new group of friends, enjoying a BBQ dinner and another free drink, followed by an epic Auckland pub crawl!
Day 4, Wednesday: Paihia, Bay of Islands. After an early breakfast, depart by private bus with your group and guide from your Auckland hostel at 7.30am, bound for the gorgeous Bay of Islands. There will be plenty of photo opportunities en route as you stop off to see some of New Zealand’s stunning scenery. Arriving in picturesque Paihia around 12 noon/1pm you will then take the ferry over to Russel, New Zealand's very first capital city. Enjoy a tasty burger dinner after dark.
Day 5, Thursday: Maori cultural day. Have a full day’s cultural immersion experience today as you visit a traditional Waitangi Maori land and learn about Maori culture from a local indigenous tour guide. Your day kicks off with a 10am tour of the Maori Treaty Grounds, followed by an amazing Maori cultural show which includes:
- A traditional Maori welcome outside the meeting house
- An introduction by the local residents to their unique indigenous culture
- A spine-tingling waiata (singing) performance
- A ladies group dance (known as The Poi)
- Maori stick games
- A display of Maori weaponry
- The famous Haka display
In the afternoon, you’ll hike 3km to nearby gorgeous Harura Falls, a horseshoe waterfall. Tonight, enjoy a movie night with your group, complete with hot tub and board games!
Day 6, Friday: Cape Reinga day tour. Depart at 7am for a day’s guided bus tour, bound for New Zealand’s northernmost point, breathtaking Cape Reinga. Listen to some unique Maori stories while you travel. En route you’ll stop off at Te Paki Stream to try some dune surfing and sandboarding (weather permitting), before arriving at Cape Reinga to see the sensational views over the place where the Pacific meets the Tasman Sea. You’ll return to Paihia around 6p.m, where you can visit one of the best pubs in the area. Dance long into the night!
Day 7, Saturday: Return to Auckland. Spend a free morning making the most of your final moments in the beautiful Bay of Islands. Your private bus departs at 12pm and you will arrive back in Auckland around 4:30pm, where your scheduled itinerary ends. Please note that accommodation for tonight is not included but you can book this either before you travel or during your first few days in Auckland. You’re now ready to begin your job hunt!
Please note: The itinerary is subject to change and activities may be done in a different order than stated.
Let the job search begin!
Once your first week of fun is over, you will get 12 months of personal job support from our team in Auckland, including job consultations, a local 24 hour emergency hotline, and unlimited access to an exclusive online jobs database, so you can begin looking for the perfect paid job! As part of the package you get…
- Kiwi bank account
- Tax File Number
- A New Zealand SIM card
- Visa information
- Unlimited internet access at our Auckland office!
- Access to incredible offers
- Mail holding and forwarding
- Luggage storage for a maximum of 4 weeks
- Daily employment workshops and job presentations
- Hostelling International Membership
What types of jobs are available?
New Zealand has an incredible range of jobs on offer, often in seasonal jobs, which work well for any travellers visiting on working holiday visas. This job programme can help you find work across a number of fields, taking on roles in hospitality, sales, mechanics, farm work, fruit-picking, driving, shop assistants, cleaners, builders, painters, in general office positions and many more.
What wages will I earn?
The average wage you can expect to earn while working in New Zealand is around NZD18 an hour (depending on the job and your level of experience).
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You will need to arrange flights into Auckland International Airport (AKL). A shuttle transfer is included from the airport to your central Auckland hostel.
6 nights’ of dorm-share accommodation in 4-star hostels is included on this trip, usually in 4 bed single sex dorms. Please note, during busy periods you may stay in 6 bed dorms. This includes 3 nights in a centrally-located hostel in the lively city of Auckland. Facilities at this hostel include:
- Large fully equipped kitchen
- Dining room
- Spacious and relaxing lounge area with Sky TV and a pool table
- Luggage storage
- DVD's and board games for hire
- A stereo and book exchange
- Onsite travel and accommodation booking service
- 24 hour staff
At busy times of year it is possible you may stay in a different 4-star hostel in Auckland with similar facilities.
You will spend your final 3 nights based in a hostel in Paihia in the Bay of Islands.You will stay in 4-6 bed, single sex dorms. Facilities at this hostel include:
- Swimming pool
- Spa pool
- Free use of kayaks
- Free use of bikes & tennis facilities
- Terrace & courtyard with BBQ
- Luggage storage
- Internet room with FREE wi-fi!
- Dvds & board games
6 breakfasts and 3 dinners are also included on this trip. Other meals are at your own cost, but with loads of great restaurants on your doorstep and even facilities to cook your own meals on offer at the hostel in Auckland, you can eat cheaply and easily while in New Zealand.
Please note: Accommodation for your final night of the first week (day 7, Saturday) is not included but you can book this either before you travel to New Zealand or during your first few days in Auckland.
Long-term accommodation options
Our jobs team in New Zealand can give you great advice and assistance in finding long term accommodation for your time in New Zealand.
Most travellers who head out to New Zealand end up either sharing an apartment with other Working Holiday travellers or extend their stay in a hostel. The advantage of renting is that it works out cheaply, especially if you share, and you get your own private room. Our customers often end up renting a place with the friends they meet in their first week on the programme.
Alternatively you can extend your stay in a hostel. This is a great option for those that want to travel around quite a lot. Hostels offer cheaper rates for those that want a long term stay, for example for one month or more. It is really easy to book accommodation in hostels; you can often walk in and get a room that day but we recommend that you make a reservation the night before.
Your wages will cover any living expenses such as rent, food and bills. If you would like any more information about costs and accommodation please contact us for more details.
Due to the Working Holiday Visa age restrictions, this trip is only available to 18-30 year olds. As you are planning to work in New Zealand whilst you’re here, you’ll need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa, which gives you twelve months eligibility to live and work in New Zealand. This can be done online through the New Zealand Immigration website. Feel free to contact us for further information.
To be eligible for a Work Visa/Permit applicants must:
- Hold a valid passport from the country whose scheme they are applying under;
- Be aged no less than 18 years of age and no more than 30 years of age
- Not be accompanied by children;
- Have a return ticket, or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket;
- Meet health and character requirements;
- Be the holder of a valid temporary permit if applying from within New Zealand; and
- Not previously have been approved a visa or permit under a Working Holiday Scheme.
Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date information.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.