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Group Size: Avg 10-20
Trip code: AOKD
Duration: Up to 12 months
Aged 18-30? Want to find paid work in Australia and travel around New Zealand too? Then this is the trip for you! Combining our bestselling Absolute Oz paid work programme in Australia with our flexible Kiwi Discovery Travel Pass in New Zealand, you’ll mix work with travel in one perfect package. Kicking off with one week of fun and adventures in Sydney and at beach camp, you’ll then get expert assistance finding a paid job in Australia. When you’re ready you can hop across to New Zealand and explore the amazing North & South Islands at your own pace with our incredible hop-on-hop-off Kiwi Discovery Pass. Don’t miss this paid work and travel adventure!
Please note: This trip can be done the other way round if you wish: New Zealand first and Australia afterwards.
This brilliant combo trip includes our bestselling Absolute Oz Jobs paid work programme in Australia and our Kiwi Discovery Travel Pass, which offers flexible, hop-on-hop-off travel in New Zealand.
Absolute Oz Jobs: 8 days + Independent work/travel in Australia (approx. 6-7 months)
The Absolute Oz programme is the ideal introduction into the world of Australian paid work, offering you a hassle-free and fun way into the job market Down Under. You’ll enjoy one week of amazing activities & sightseeing in Sydney and bond with your new buddies at Beach Camp before you begin your job-hunting adventure with expert advice from our Sydney jobs team on tap.
Day 1: Arrive in Sydney. You will arrive on a Sunday or a Wednesday (depending on your start date) and are then free to spend the day as you wish.
Day 2: Sydney walking tour. Walk to Darling Harbour for a leisurely lunch (own expense) then take in the stunning Botanic Gardens and see the iconic Opera House. In the evening, meet for a welcome dinner.
Day 3: Sydney. 9.15am: A comprehensive orientation learning all about how to get an Aussie job and how to plan your travel around Australia! Boat party in Sydney Harbour. Lunch included.
Day 4: Beach Camp. Depart Sydney for a 2-night Beach Camp adventure. Discover prime Aussie scenery and wildlife just 5 minutes’ walk from the beach. Share a pizza before grabbing your torch for a bit of night-time possum spotting! Dinner included.
Day 5: Beach Camp. Take a 4x4 tour of the sand dunes (plus sandboarding!) before learning about local Aboriginal culture. Bushwalk through Tomaree National Park. Evening BBQ and drinks around the campfire. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Day 6: Beach Camp–Sydney. Browse the coastline for bottlenose dolphins on a boat cruise. Head back to Sydney. Breakfast included.
Day 7: Party Night. Free day to relax and plan onward travel. 7.30p.m: Enjoy entry to four city bars and clubs (plus 4 inclusive drinks!). Hop on a party bus and explore the streets in style!
Day 8: Bondi to Coogee Beach Tour. Check out some gorgeous coastlines on a cliff-top walk (tour leaves at 10am). Intro week ends this afternoon in Sydney.
Let the Job Hunt Begin!
Now it’s time to kick-start your Aussie job search. Our job support team will give you all the help and advice you’ll need in order to secure yourself a paid Aussie job. You also have a full 12 months of job support. The programme includes:
Using the job database you’ll have access to over 1900 job adverts at any one time, so the sky’s the limit when it comes to finding paid jobs in Oz! Wage rates will vary, but you can expect to earn around £10-£15 per hour.
You can choose how long you stay to do paid work in Australia (bear in mind that a Working Holiday Visa is valid for a maximum of 12 months). We suggest taking around 6-7 months to work and travel independently throughout Australia.
When you’ve had your fill of working, earning money and travelling in Australia you can hop across to New Zealand for some independent exploration with our fantastic, flexible Kiwi Discovery Travel Pass!
Please note: You will need to book your own flight between Australia and New Zealand and the cost of this flight is not included in this trip.
New Zealand: Kiwi Discovery Pass: Minimum 28 days, valid for 12 months
Valid for 12 months, your bus pass allows you to spend up to a year exploring New Zealand, or if you prefer you can complete the entire tour route in a minimum of 28 days (although we recommend you allow around 38 days to make the most of your travel pass experience).
You don't have to start in Auckland! You can start and end at any stop along the route!
You should arrange your arrival into Auckland the day before the tour begins, as there is an early start in the morning!
Day 1: Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands. Your flexible, hop-on-hop-off tour begins today at 7am in the lively city of Auckland. Your destination is the relaxing seaside town of Paihia, known as the ‘gateway to the Bay of Islands’. Visit Parry Kauri Forest Park.
Day 2: Paihia to Cape Reinga and Back. Stop off at Te Paki Stream to try some inclusive dune surfing and sandboarding, before arriving at Cape Reinga. Please note: Today is a round day trip from Paihia and you cannot hop off the bus today.
Day 3: Paihia to Auckland. Today is a free day to relax and enjoy Paihia at your leisure. Join a boat cruise, sign up to swim with dolphins, laze on the beach or hike to the famous Harura Falls. In the afternoon, the bus will take you back to the bright lights of Auckland.
Day 4: Auckland to Hahei. Travel south to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula and settle into your beachfront accommodation. Head over to Hot Water Beach to dig and relax in your own personal hot water pool! (weather & tide dependent)
Day 5: Hahei. Free day to relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings and awesome optional activities of Hahei.
Days 6-7: Hahei to Rotorua. Journey through the rolling hills of the Waikato region. Optional activities include visiting The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton set. Free day to relax and explore in geothermal Rotorua.
Day 8: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua. Maori guided tour, activities, meals and stay at Lake Aniwhenua (optional: extra cost of NZD89). Optional activities include: traditional fishing, eeling, weaving lessons, cooking classes and kayaking (cost NZD10-20).
Day 9: Lake Aniwhenua (via Taupo) to Whakahoro. See the stunning Huka Falls then visit Lake Taupo. Optional skydiving (approx NZD250). Rural country farm visit and overnight stay.
Day 10: Whakahoro. Explore the countryside around the rural country farm. Optional activities include a 4x4 tour, a horse trek or kayaking.
Day 11: Whakahoro to Raetihi. Explore the Tongariro National Park. Option to do legendary 1-day Tongariro Crossing Alpine Walk (extra cost). Stay overnight at a historic Nurses’ Home in Raetihi.
Day 12: Raetihi to Wellington. Travel to Wellington. Free time to explore New Zealand’s capital city.
Day 13: Wellington to Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). 8am ferry to South Island (extra cost of approx. NZD55). Visit to Marlborough wine-making region (optional wine tasting). Final destination of the day is Marahau, on the edge of Abel Tasman National Park.
Day 14: Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). Explore Abel Tasman National Park. Optional activities on offer include sailing, kayaking, skydiving, stand up paddleboarding or hang gliding. All optional activities are at an extra cost.
Day 15: Marahau to Franz Josef. Journey along the rugged west coast. See the seal colony at Cape Foulwind and the unusual Punakaiki Pancake Rocks with their impressive blowholes. Stop off at the mining town of Greymouth and Hokitika en route to Franz Josef.
Day 16: Franz Josef. Free day to explore the area around the fantastic Franz Josef Glacier. Join a guided bush hike, or enjoy a heli-hop and tour of the unique icy area, including entry to hot pools (extra cost of NZD250).
Day 17: Franz Josef to Wanaka. See Lake Matheson, travel through Haast Pass and Makarora, see Lake Hawea then end up in Wanaka in the late afternoon.
Day 18-19: Wanaka to Queenstown. Early walk up Mount Iron or skydive (skydive extra cost). On to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world! Spend 2 unforgettable nights here.
Day 20: Queenstown to Gunn’s Camp. Start early for a scenic drive past Lake Wakatipu, before arriving in magical Milford Sound. Opt to do a Milford Sound boat cruise (extra cost) before travelling on to Gunn’s Camp.
Day 21: Gunn’s Camp to Invercargill/Stewart Island. Take a leisurely stroll through beautiful beech forests on a Viewing Gantry walk. Travel South to Invercargill. Hop across to Stewart Island (ferry at own cost) or stay in Invercargill overnight instead.
Day 22: Invercargill/Stewart Island to Queenstown. If you stayed on Stewart Island, enjoy a free morning before travelling back to the mainland (ferry at own cost). If you chose to stay in Invercargill overnight, you’ll head out on a tour sea-lion, penguin and dolphin spotting. Travel back to Queenstown.
Day 23: Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook. Arrive at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/ Mt Cook in the early afternoon. Take a short walk, join a 4WD tour or visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.
Day 24: Mount Cook to Rangitata (via Tekapo). Journey through ‘Lord of the Rings country’ and stop off at the sparkling waters of Lake Tekapo. Take an optional hike up to Mt John observatory for a killer view. Tonight, stay in an original sheep station in Rangitata Peel Forest.
Day 25: Rangitata to Christchurch. Optional white water rafting or horse riding this morning. Spend the night in the wonderful city of Christchurch.
Day 26: Christchurch to Kaikoura. Journey up the beautiful east coast to Kaikoura. Spot seals, soak up the spectacular views, swim with dolphins or go whale-spotting (seasonal).
Day 27: Kaikoura (via Picton) to Wellington. Travel along the wild coast, stopping at a seal colony en route to Picton. You can choose to stop off here, or catch a ferry (extra cost of NZD51-75) across the Cook Strait to Wellington.
Day 28: Wellington to Auckland. Leaving at 6.40am, you’ll zip back to your starting point in Auckland today, arriving in the late afternoon. Here your epic hop-on-hop-off adventures come to an end!
Don’t forget, you can hop on and off along the route for up to a year!
Please Note: This itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change. There are lots of extra, optional activities on offer all along the tour route and all optional activities are at your own, extra cost. Ferry costs are not included in your trip price.
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