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Earn money and travel in both Australia & New Zealand

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Group travel in Australia and New Zealand

Group Size: Avg 10-20

Trip code: PWAN

Duration: 6 months to 2 years

Earn $20 an hour and more
Live & work in 2 countries
Flexibility to spend up to a year in each destination

We have teamed together our 2 most popular work abroad programmes, to give you an unbeatable opportunity to live and work in both Australia and New Zealand! Spend between 6 to 12 months in each country - it is up to you! With assistance with bank accounts, tax numbers, sim cards and more, as well as the support of a dedicated jobs team to help you find the perfect working holiday job! Plus, you get to experience some amazing introduction activities in your first week with a ready made group of travel mates! Get ready to earn as you travel!

Trip Highlights

  • Split your time abroad working in two amazing countries
  • Get the full support of our employment team and access to our jobs database
  • Have the flexibility to live and work anywhere in Australia or NZ for up to 12 months in each destination
  • Make new friends during the amazing action-packed intro week of activities
  • Earn at least $20 per hour in a variety of jobs
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  • 7 nights’ hostel accommodation
  • 3 dinners, 2 breakfasts and 1 lunch during week 1
  • WhatsApp buddy list before you go
  • Airport shuttle from Sydney airport to your hostel
  • Tour guide for week 1
  • Guided Sydney city tour
  • Welcome meeting
  • Work and travel info session
  • Sydney Harbour catamaran cruise
  • Return transfer to beach camp
  • 4WD tour through Worimi Conservation Lands
  • Sandboarding on Stockton Bight Dunes
  • Mt Tomaree guided bushwalk
  • Beach evening & stargazing
  • Port Stephens dolphin cruise
  • One-to one advice session with jobs team
  • Sydney bar crawl (VIP entry & welcome drink included)
  • Bondi to Coogee coastal walk
  • SIM card activation
  • CV review service
  • Assistance with tax file number, bank account and Medicare
  • Assistance finding accommodation
  • Free PC and Wi-Fi access in our office
  • Access to online jobs database
  • 12-months mail holding service
  • 12 months job support
  • 24 hour emergency helpline

New Zealand North Island

  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 2 dinners
  • Group leader
  • Airport pick up
  • 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


New Zealand South Island

  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner
  • Group leader
  • Airport pick up
  • All on-trip transport
  • Queenstown city tour
  • Canyon jet boating
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Lord of the Rings tour
  • Wanaka kayaking to Ruby Island
  • Mount Cook/Aoraki National Park
  • Mt John Hike, Lake Tekapo
  • Hot springs star gazing experience
  • Unlimited access to the NZ jobs app
  • Work in NZ presentation
  • CV building and interview skills
  • Unlimited help and support
  • 24 hour emergency assistance

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Working Holiday Visa 
  • Meals and drinks not listed in the trip itinerary
  • Optional activities
  • Return airport transfers

Experience 2 amazing countries where you can earn as you travel on this epic combo itinerary. Start off in sunny Australia for up to a year, before heading to scenic New Zealand for another working holiday for up to a year!

Not looking to be away for as long? Whilst we recommend a minimum of 4 to 5 months in each country, it is up to you how long you spend working in each destination. You have full flexiblity to decide once you are out there too. Just let us know when you are ready to jump to the next leg of the journey!

Australia - Absolute Oz Jobs

Absolute Oz Jobs is the ideal introduction into the world of living and working Down Under. Before you begin your job search you’ll enjoy a week of fun, settling in and making new friends, including amazing activities in Sydney and at our gorgeous Beach Camp in Port Stephens. Once your first week is over you’ll kick-start your job search with the expert advice and assistance of our Sydney jobs team.

Week 1: Sydney & Beach Camp adventure

Day 1: Welcome to Sydney! Take the shuttle to your hostel in the city. Today is yours, so relax, catch up on some zzzs, or explore Sydney at your own pace.

Day 2: Discover Sydney. Meet your guides and the rest of your group this morning and then head out on a guided walking tour of stunning Sydney. We’ll start with lunch (not included) at Darling Harbour, before hitting Circular Quay for the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Botanical Gardens. This evening, get to know your group better with a welcome meal and drinks.

Day 3: Info session & harbour cruise. Your day kicks off with an info session on working and travelling Down Under. Then we’re off for a private catamaran cruise around the harbour. Take in dazzling views, swim in the sparkling water and enjoy a classic Aussie BBQ lunch on deck. Tonight, hit the bars again with your new friends! Some travellers like to go out in the evenings for a meal and then carry on the party but there is no expectation to do so. If you prefer to chill and wake up with a clear head, then there are plenty of great options too!

Day 4: Head to Beach Camp. Today we’re off to our beautiful Beach Camp in Port Stephens. Nestled in the pristine Aussie bush, 5 minutes from the beach, it’s the perfect escape from the city. Take a wander down to the shore, keeping an eye out for the tame camp kangaroos. Then share a pizza dinner with your buddies before some star-gazing on the beach.

Day 5: 4WD tour, sandboarding & bushwalk. We’re up early to see the sun rise over the ocean, before hopping into our 4WD trucks for an exhilarating tour of the local sand dunes – you’ll be able to try sandboarding too! After lunch, take a guided bushwalk through Tomaree National Park, working up a good appetite for tonight’s BBQ. 

Day 6: Dolphin cruise & return to Sydney. We’ve got one last treat in store before we leave - cruising the bay looking for bottlenose dolphins!  Sun yourself on deck, or sit in the water-skimming boom net while dolphins swim underneath. There’s time for one last swim before we travel back to Sydney. The rest of the afternoon is yours.

Day 7: Job advice session & Sydney bar crawl. Today you’ll can make your appointment for your one-on-one advice session with our jobs team. Tonight we’re going ‘out out’ in Sydney with an epic bar crawl of some of the city’s hottest nightspots!

Day 8: Bondi to Coogee walk. Breathe in the fresh ocean air on the coastal walk from Coogee to Bondi. Comfy shoes and swimmers are a must! We end our afternoon chilling at the famous Bondi Beach - the perfect way to unwind after your first week in Australia!

Beyond week 1 – the job search

After your first fun week of Australian adventures are over you can kick-start your job search properly! We’ve got work available all over the country in numerous different fields, so you’re sure to find something to suit you!

The most common types of employment for working holidaymakers are in hospitality, au-pair / nanny roles, customer service, construction and harvest / farm work (see our downloadable trip notes for full list). Salaries will vary dependent on role and location, but you can expect to earn between £10 and £15 an hour.

The job support programme includes:

  • Dedicated jobs coordinator (Mon-Fri)
  • 12 months’ access to the online jobs database
  • CV review service
  • Aussie mobile phone SIM card
  • Tax File Number
  • Medicare application assistance
  • Advice about Australian bank accounts
  • Office-based PC and Wi-Fi access
  • 12-month mail holding service
  • Accommodation advice

New Zealand - Absolute NZ Jobs

This programme has everything you need to live and work in New Zealand for up to 36 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. 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’. This evening, immerse yourself in 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.

Looking to start your NZ adventure in Queenstown instead? Check out our South Island programme here -  Absolute NZ Jobs - South Island or download the trip notes for more details!

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You should arrange your flights to arrive into Sydney Airport (SYD) on your Absolute Oz Jobs start date. Our shuttle company meets every new arrival, regardless of time or flight delays. Go to the shuttle desk and let them know you’ve arrived and the greeter will direct you to the shuttle bus. The shuttle bus runs to the city centre every 15 minutes. If you want to arrive a few days earlier into Sydney, we’ll be happy to help you organise any additional accommodation you may need (at extra cost). Please contact us for further details.

New Zealand

If you select the North Island itinerary you will need to fly into Auckland. If you select the South Island itinerary you will need to arrive into Queenstown. For both options an airport pick up is included and you can arrive at any time. 



Your first week is all about sun, fun and adventure. You’ve got 7 nights’ accommodation included as part of your package. For nights 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 you’ll be based at the centrally located Wake Up! Hostel in the heart of Sydney and for nights 4 and 5, you’ll be in our Beach Camp in picturesque Port Stephens.

In your first week, some meals are included, including a group welcome dinner of pizza on Monday, Beach Camp dinners (typical meals include pizza, fresh salads and wraps, steaks, sausages, chicken and pavlova or ice cream for dessert). You’ll also enjoy a classic Aussie BBQ lunch on your Sydney catamaran cruise and a couple of free drinks on your Sydney bar cruise. Please let us know at the time of booking any dietary requirements you may have.

New Zealand

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. 

If you select the North Island option then 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners are included. If you select the South Island option 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner are included.

Long-term accommodation options (Australia and New Zealand)

You’ll need to arrange your own accommodation after the introductiion weeks are over. You’ll get lots of advice on how to find places to live during the planning sessions. Most travellers 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 cost effective, 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.  


Due to Working Holiday Visa (WHV) age restrictions, this combo trip is only available to 18-35 year olds. 

To be eligible for an Australian working holiday visa, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a passport issued by an eligible country or region*
  • Be aged 18-35 (inclusive) at the time of applying*
  • Not be accompanied by dependent children at any time during their stay in Australia
  • Meet health, character and financial requirements
  • Have not previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday visa (unless applying for a second visa)
  • Be outside Australia when you apply and when visa is granted
  • Apply within 12 months of intended travel to Australia.
  • Have sufficient funds to cover your expected living/trip costs during your stay
  • Have funds for a return or onward ticket to depart Australia (or an actual ticket)
  • Have health insurance

*Different nationalities have different eligibility requirements, please see our Australia Working Holiday page for more details.

New Zealand

For those wanting to work in New Zealand you need to be between 18 and 35, due to Working Holiday Visa restrictions. British citizens can select from either a 12 month, 23 month or 26 month visa. 

To be eligible for a New Zealand working holiday visa, you must:

  • Hold a valid passport
  • Be aged between 18 and 35 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

Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date information.

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