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Best of the North Island with 12 months job support

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Group Size: Avg 6-18

Trip code: NZIN

Duration: 9 days to 12 months

Action packed with great inclusions
Earn from £10 per hour
Live abroad for up to a year

Explore the highlights of the North Island on a 9 day adventure, before spending up to 12 months living and working in NZ. Discover a galaxy of glow-worms in Waitomo, experience hot springs, bubbling mud pools and explosive geysers in Rotorua, join a Maori tribe for lunch, and see thundering waterfalls before settling down with our experienced jobs team will set you up with everything you need to live and work here for up to 12 months. We help you find work anywhere in NZ and, with a jobs database overflowing with job options and a dedicated jobs team, you will be able to pick up some incredible work opportunities and awesome CV skills! This is an opportunity to earn as you travel that you don't want to miss!

Looking to explore the South Island more? Check out the Absolute NZ Jobs - South Island

Trip highlights

  • Get unlimited support on living and working in New Zealand from our dedicated jobs team
  • Have the flexibility to work anywhere in New Zealand for up to 12 months
  • Earn money whilst you travel and boost your CV skills
  • Discover the magical glow-worm caves of Waitomo and explore the real life Hobbiton, where Lord of the Rings was filmed
  • Make a new group of mates during your 9 day introduction!
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What's included
  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 2 dinners
  • Group leader
  • Airport transfer on arrival
  • Auckland city orientation
  • Waiheke Island day trip
  • 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
  • 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
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals, drinks and snacks
  • Return airport transfers
Further trip information

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!

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 and Waiheke Island. 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. After this you will hop on the ferry to beautiful Waiheke Island where we’ll explore, cool off in the ocean and enjoy a beach BBQ before heading back to Auckland ready for a night out. 

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’. In the afternoon immerse yourself in the 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 and work planning session. Head back to Auckland today for an onward travel and work planning session. Tonight, we’ll get the crew together one last time for a farewell dinner and a final night out on the town.

Day 9: Time to start the job hunt! The adventure is only just beginning! For those staying on to live and work in NZ, our jobs team will be here to support you every step of the way.

Working in New Zealand

Your trip doesn't end here! You get full support in finding the perfect working holiday job for you. There are jobs all over New Zealand (not just in the North 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!

Looking to fly into Queenstown instead? Check out our South Island programme here -  Absolute NZ Jobs - South Island

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Arrival information

The trip kicks off on day 1 in Auckland. Fly into Auckland International Airport (AKL), where you will receive an airport-shuttle transfer to the starting accommodation. There are no activities planned until the welcome meeting this evening, so arrive at a time that suits you.

We finish up on day 9 in Auckland as well. There are no activities planned for today. You’ll need to arrange your transport to your next stop or further accommodation in Auckland. Your group leader can help with all of this.

Just a reminder that even though your trip is starting in the North Island, you will get 12 months unlimited job support and help finding jobs in every part of New Zealand included with this programme.

Accommodation & meals

Where you'll be staying...

8 nights’ accommodation are included on this trip. Accommodation will be in some specially selected, centrally located hostels, where you will share rooms with 4-6 people on a mixed sex basis. 

  • 3 nights in Auckland at the YMCA Hostel–a friendly hostel with shared kitchenette, an outdoor seating area and lounge room with billiards and cable TV
  • 3 nights in Rotorua at YHA - with outdoor deck and within walking distance to the geothermal Kuirau Park
  • 2 nights in Taupo YHA Hostel - a well-equipped, comfy hostel with lake views

These are the usual accommodations groups will stay at during the trip. On certain occasions, alternative accommodation may be used.

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.  


4 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners are included on this trip. 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.

Minimum age & eligibility

You need to be a minimum of 18 years old to join this trip. This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-30. This trip requires you to show evidence that you have been fully vaccinated against covid-19 (final dose administered a minimum of 14 days prior to the start of the trip).

For those wanting to work in New Zealand you 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

Not eligible for a working holiday visa? You can still visit New Zealand as a tourist and do the travel only version of this tour. Check out the New Zealand Adventure

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

Covid safety

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.

Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.

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.