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Duration: Up to 12 months job support
Trip code: NZNZ
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!
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:
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…
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 NZD14 an hour (depending on the job and your level of experience).