Paid Work Australia & New Zealand
Earn money and travel in both Australia & New Zealand
Book now for £98
Group Size: Avg 10-20
Trip code: PWAN
Duration: 6 months to 2 years
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 in each country 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!
- 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
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!
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. Tonight you will get a chance to learn more about Australian wildlife and reptiles.
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
This programme has everything you need to live and work in New Zealand for up to 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 work session. 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. This evening we’ll see what the city’s nightlife is made of.
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.
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.
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 5 breakfasts and 3 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 18-30 year olds. This trip requires you to show evidence that you have been fulled vaccinated against covid-19 (final dose administered a minimum of 14 days prior to the start of the trip).
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 18-30 (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
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 New Zealand working holiday 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
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.
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.