Work your way around the world
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Duration: Up to 12 months or longer
Trip code: P360
Aged 18-30? Find paid work and travel abroad with our Travel & Earn 360! Earn your way around the world and enjoy time to travel on this ultimate round the world experience! The Travel & Earn 360 is gap year gold: It’s tailor-made for you and offers an incredible opportunity to get a job and earn money in two of the world’s top travel destinations: Australia and New Zealand. It also includes an amazing 4-week adventure in Thailand before you travel Down Under.
Choose from 3 fantastic Travel & Earn packages:
Option 1: Thai Adventure + Absolute Oz Jobs
Option 2: Thai Adventure + Absolute Oz Jobs + Absolute NZ Jobs
Option 3: Thai Adventure + Absolute Oz Jobs + Sydney to Cairns Travel Pass + Absolute NZ Jobs + Kiwi Discovery Pass
The Travel & Earn 360 is fully customisable and our expert Travel Advisors are on hand to help create your perfect, tailor-made itinerary. Flights are not included but our expert flights team can help you get your flexible round the world ticket. The Travel & Earn 360 offers a full year of fun-packed adventure!
Average group size 10-30.
Choose from 3 fantastic Travel & Earn packages:
Option 1: Thai Adventure + Absolute Oz Jobs
Option 2: Thai Adventure + Absolute Oz Jobs + Absolute NZ Jobs
Option 3: Thai Adventure + Absolute Oz Jobs + Sydney to Cairns Travel Pass + Absolute NZ Jobs + Kiwi Discovery Pass
This itinerary is designed to outline our typical Travel & Earn 360 trips, which offer a great combination of independent work, organised job programmes, Thai adventures and free travel time, plus the added extra of some awesome bus passes if you so wish, making the itinerary as flexible as you want it to be!
Thai Adventure (4 weeks)
About the Parties
We try to plan our trips to coincide with a Full, Black or Half Moon Party on Koh Phangan. The Full Moon Party is what Koh Phangan is most famous for. Anywhere from 10,000 – 30,000 people gather to sing, dance and party the night away! A wide variety of music is played all night long and the infamous Thai Buckets are in plentiful supply! Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Black Moon Party is an incredible outdoor party on Baan Tai Beach. The luxurious sands are filled with intoxicating trance music from Thai and International residents, and guest DJs. Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Half Moon Party is the coolest alternative music event on Koh Phangan. World-class DJs play epic sets and the intimate forest setting fosters a magical atmosphere. Entry costs approx. £20-25.
If you want to incorporate some more independent travel time in Thailand, you can. Please discuss time frames with your travel advisor who will help create your itinerary according to your ideal plans. If you stay longer than 30 days in Thailand you will need to get a 60-day tourist visa in place before you travel
Your next planned programme in Australia begins on a Sunday, so you may want to spend a few extra nights in Bangkok after the Thai Adventure ends, or arrive early in Australia and give yourself time to explore Sydney. Our travel advisors can help you get plans in place for the few days between programmes.
8-day Absolute Oz Jobs (included in options 1, 2 & 3)
You kick off your Aussie adventure with an 8-day Absolute Oz job programme:
Sunday – Arrive in Sydney – free time (Accommodation included)
Monday - Start Absolute Oz. Sydney tour and welcome dinner
Tuesday - Harbour cruise & city relaxation
Wednesday - Travel to Absolute Oz beach base camp
Thursday - Outback base camp
Friday - Wild Dolphin cruise & return to Sydney
Saturday - Bondi to Coogee Beach Tour
Sunday - Sydney relaxation & partying
Monday - Job hunt begins!
Once your week of fun is over, a day will then be arranged for you to have Aussie work preparation and then it’s time to get job hunting! At this stage you will be eligible and prepared to undertake paid work in Australia. You will also have an inclusive 12 months of job support beyond the initial 8 days. We recommend you take around 6-7 months to work, earn money and travel around Australia, although your working holiday visa allows you to stay for up to twelve months so you can extend your stay if you want.
It's best to set aside at least two months to see Australia so you don't miss out on any of the amazing sights. We offer an amazing range of exciting activities and programmes in Australia from as little as a few days to several weeks. Enjoy tours of the East Coast, the West Coast or the Red Centre and see stunning locations such as Fraser Island, Great Ocean Road and Uluru. Try thrilling activities such as sailing around the wonderful Whitsundays, learning to dive or surf or just explore all the best bits of Australia during your time Down Under. Ask our travel advisors for more amazing Aussie trips and tours and don’t miss a thing!
Sydney to Cairns Travel Pass: Valid for 6 months (included in Option 3 only)
You can choose to complete your chosen route in a minimum time (13 days) and treat it as a tour-style trip, or you can add in flexibility and freedom and hop off at any of the stops along the route and enjoy independent work and travel time. The travel pass is valid for a total of 6 months from the date of departure, for one-way travel only. We recommend you allow at least 4-6 weeks to make the most of the East Coast, especially if you wish to add in other experiences, such as a fun tour on Fraser Island or sailing in the Whitsundays. Trips depart at least 3 times a week from each starting location. Local guides will travel with you on each scheduled stage of the journey, but if you hop off in any of the locations you will enjoy independent travel time.
The full East Coast route from Sydney to Cairns runs as shown below. Destinations in bold are overnight stops or locations of the compulsory, unique overnight experiences:
Sydney - Hunter Valley - Barrington Tops Farm - Port Macquarie (Koala Hospital) - Surf Camp - Remote River Camp - Byron Bay - Gold Coast - Noosa/Rainbow Beach - Cooroy - Gympie - Bundaberg - Miriam Vale (for 1770) - Country Campout - Rockhampton - Airlie Beach - Magnetic Island - Indigenous Camp - Cairns
The stages of the bus pass route run as follows:
Sydney - Barrington Tops: Including wine tasting at a Hunter Valley vineyard. Unique overnight stay (local payment of AUD60) includes accommodation and meals, a visit to Barrington Tops National Park, catching your own fish for dinner, wildlife spotting.
Barrington Tops – Surf Camp: Visit to a Koala hospital, plus overnight stay at surf camp (extra local payment) and an inclusive surf lesson.
Surf Camp – River Camp: Unique overnight stay. Kayak in to remote river camp in Solitary Islands Marine Park and fish and camp (extra cost of AUD60 including accommodation, meals and activities). In the cooler winter months, you will stay in a cozy country pub.
River Camp – Byron Bay: Visit the legendary lighthouse, Australia's most Easterly point then visit the surf and arts town of Byron Bay for some free time.
Byron Bay – Brisbane – Noosa – Rainbow Beach: Explore the headlands at Danger Point and Snapper Rocks, before driving along the Gold Coast into Brisbane, ending up in the smart beach resort of Noosa. You can hop off here for the night, or head on to Rainbow Beach, gateway to famous Fraser Island. If you fancy some Fraser Island adventures check out our fantastic Fraser Island & Rainbow Beach programme!
Rainbow Beach - Noosa – Country Campout: Unique overnight stay at remote cattle station with guided tour and optional activities such as horse riding (extra cost of AUD75 including accommodation, meals & activities).
Country Campout – Overnight Train – Airlie Beach: Travel by overnight train and bus to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the wonderful Whitsunday Islands and learn about the Great Barrier Reef.
Airlie Beach – Magnetic Island: Ferry to magical Magnetic Island, visit to sealife cultivation centre and free time to relax.
Magnetic Island – Indigenous Camp: Unique optional overnight stay at a local Indigenous Camp in the amazing rainforest of Tully Gorge National Park. Prepare traditional food and set up a campfire and camp oven for dinner, enjoy an unforgettable walk to ‘Misty Falls’, then ride inner tubes down the river, all with an Aboriginal guide. After dark you will go on an amazing ‘spotlighting’ walk in the rainforest and tell dreamtime stories around the campfire. Extra cost of AUD120 including accommodation, meals & activities. Alternatively, you can stay in a hotel in Tully at hostel rates.
Indigenous Camp – Cairns: Learn how to build a traditional ‘Mija’ hut, then take a train from Tully to Cairns.
You have up to a maximum of 5 months to complete the section of the trip between Sydney and Noosa, and a further 1 month to complete the section done mostly by train travel, between Noosa and Cairns. Timetables and booking can be accessed by using the unique app or on the website.
Transport is in a combination of private 24-seat mini coaches, local buses, trains (including one overnight train journey) and a ferry ride to Magnetic Island. Trains are modern and comfortable and the guides travel with you if you travel on a set departure day (6 days a week). You can however choose to travel unguided on the train on other days if you want to be flexible. All inclusive transfers and activities are only accessible when travelling with a guide.
Absolute NZ Jobs (included in options 2 & 3)
Before you begin your job search you’ll enjoy one week 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.
Day 2, Monday: Job orientation and presentation in Auckland. Tax registration assistance. Pizza dinner.
Day 3, Tuesday: Bank account set up. Guided Auckland city tour. BBQ dinner dinner and pub crawl.
Day 4, Wednesday: Depart 7.30am for Paihia, Bay of Islands. Afternoon activities.
Day 5, Thursday: Visit Maori village for cultural performance. Russel visit. Hot tub and movie night.
Day 6, Friday: Cape Reinga day tour (7am start) plus dune surfing, sandboarding and pub night.
Day 7, Saturday: Return to Auckland (at approx 6pm).
Please note that accommodation for the night of day 7 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!
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…
Please note that in order to find paid work in New Zealand you must be aged between 18-30 in order to be eligible for the New Zealand Working Holiday Visa.
The rest of your New Zealand itinerary is up to you, and will depend on the jobs you do and how many hours you want to work. There will be plenty of time for travel and you will have a full twelve months of job support from our job support team as part of the package so any time you need a job advice top-up they’ll be there to help out!
After the end of the Absolute NZ Jobs programme you will be eligible to undertake paid work across New Zealand. From this point of the trip onwards, you will have independent time in order to work and travel around New Zealand. We recommend you take around 4-5 months to do this, although your visa allows for up to twelve months stay so you can take longer here and less time in Australia if you wish, it's entirely up to you! Why not add in the New Zealand Discovery Pass and make the most of working and travelling all across New Zealand?
Kiwi Discovery Pass: Valid for 12 months (included in option 3 only)
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 much shorter timeframe; a minimum of 28 days (although we recommend at least 37 days).
The suggested itinerary below is based on the absolute minimum number of days it will take to complete the tour route (28 days). However, as this hop-on-hop-off bus pass is valid for 12 months you will be able to spend as long as you like in each stop off along the route, enjoying both paid work and travel, and this itinerary is for guidance only.
Please note: You should arrange your arrival into Auckland the day before the tour begins, as there is an early start in the morning!
Please note: Following the earthquake on New Zealand’s South Island on the 14th November 2016, there have been a few minor changes to the Kiwi Discovery Pass route until further notice. Days 24-26 will now run as follows:
Day 24: Mt Cook – Christchurch. Discover tranquil Hagley Park and the spectacular Botanic Gardens in the vibrant city of Christchurch.
Day 25: Christchurch – Nelson. Visit Nelson, the Sunshine Capital on New Zealand! Enjoy some time on the city’s golden beaches and take to the seas for some optional water-based activities!
Day 26: Nelson to Wellington (via Picton). Leave the sandy beaches of Nelson behind and head across the water to the North Island. Here the original itinerary resumes.
These changes have been made with the safety of our customers in mind, and to support the recovery of those areas affected by the earthquake. Please contact us for more information.
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’. In summer, swim at Waipu Cove. In winter, 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.
Day 6: Hahei to Raglan. Visit the amazing Bridal Veil Falls en route to Raglan. Chill out in this cool surfer town.
Day 7: Raglan (via Waitomo) to Rotorua. Visit Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms. Optional activities include visiting The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton set.
Day 8: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua. Maori guided tour, activities, meals and stay at Lake Aniwhenua (compulsory extra cost of NZD95). 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 Tongariro National Park. Explore the Tongariro National Park. Option to do legendary 1-day Tongariro Crossing Alpine Walk (extra cost).
Day 12: Tongariro National Park 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 Westport. Leave a legacy behind you as you plant your very own tree! Stop at Cape Foulwind to see the amazing fur seal colony. Your final destination of the day is the historic coal mining town of Westport.
Day 16: Westport to Franz Josef. See 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 17: 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 18: 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 19: Wanaka to Queenstown. Early walk up Mount Iron or skydive (skydive extra cost). On to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world!
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. Visit Lake Tekapo, where you can try optional activities such as ice-skating, snow tubing or swimming at hot springs (winter months only). In Geraldine you can try white water rafting! Spend the night on an original sheep station in Rangitata.
Day 25: Rangitata (via Christchurch) to Kaikoura. Set off early across the Canterbury Plains to the city of Christchurch and then on to Kaikoura. Spot seals, soak up the spectacular views, swim with dolphins or go whale-spotting (seasonal).
Day 26: 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 27: 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!
The end of this period of independent work and travel in New Zealand marks the end of the Travel & Earn 360, but don’t get downhearted; plan in even more round the world adventures elsewhere or just head home to tell your friends and family all about your unforgettable adventures!
Please note programmes and itineraries on this trip are all subject to change and availability.
The start date for your Travel & Earn 360 will be the start date for the Thai Adventure part of the programme. Other arrival locations and dates will vary depending on your individual 360 programme. Your travel advisor will help plan your individual itinerary, and you can either opt to book all your fixed start dates for each stage of your 360 journey in advance, or you can opt to leave each programme's start date open-ended to allow for individual travel time.
You will need to arrange your initial flight to arrive into Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok, Thailand to begin the first leg of your Travel & Earn 360 on your Thai Adventure tour. The Thai Adventure start dates run at least once a month.
It is advisable that other flights should be also be arranged before you travel, ensuring you have flights in place from Bangkok – Sydney – (Auckland) – UK. Please ask your Travel Advisor for further information.
Tourist and Working Holiday Visas are your responsibility to obtain. You will need to have Working Holiday Visas for both Australia and New Zealand allowing you to work and travel as you please for up to 12 months each (available for 18-30 year olds). You will also need a Tourist Visa for Thailand and any other countries you may wish to include in your itinerary.
Most of the time during your Travel & Earn 360 trip you will need to arrange your own independent accommodation. If you’re picking up work as you go, you can easily stay in local hostels. If you prefer to be more grounded for a while you may want to find yourself a flat or shared accommodation rather than continually stay in hostels, as it is normally a much cheaper option.
During your Absolute Oz work preparations you will be given all the help and assistance you'll need in order to find a flat in Australia. Meals and accommodation are not included during any independent travel time.
If you're worried you'll end up spending all your wages on rent rather than saving up some funds and travelling around, don't be! Once you find work you'll easily be earning enough to cover your stay and living costs, and should have plenty left over to save up or spend on having a great time! Our travel advisors can help with any of your accommodation queries.
Accommodation & Meals Thailand
All your accommodation is included on the Thai Adventure. For the majority of the trip your accommodation will be in twin or triple shared guesthouse rooms.
When in Bangkok, you will stay in a guesthouse close to Khao San Road, famed for its backpacker popularity and its position as a starting point for many Thai trekkers. The guesthouse has a swimming pool and jacuzzi, en suite bathrooms, TVs in rooms, fan or air conditioning, hot water showers and its own restaurant. There is internet access available.
In Chiang Mai your guesthouse is air-conditioned, with ensuite bathrooms, TVs in rooms, a swimming pool and on site restaurant, plus Wi-Fi access. On Koh Tao you will be staying in relaxing island accommodation, in air-conditioned rooms.
You will spend your final few days on the island of Koh Phangan. You’ll be staying in a beautiful, beachfront location in Haad Rin, only a few minutes’ walk from the location of the Full Moon beach party location. Your accommodation has a great pool (and plenty of pool parties!) as well as a bar and restaurant. Rooms have air conditioning and private bathrooms.
Please note: In some of the hotels along the way, you may be asked to pay a security deposit of around £15 to £20, which is standard practice across Thailand. These deposits are fully refundable on departure, as long as there is no damage to your room.
Meals are not included, except lunch at the Elephant Home and meals during the Hill Trek. This means you will need to bring a little extra money to cover your costs. It's very cheap to eat out in Thailand however, and usually a social occasion as the group often likes to find food together. With a wide choice of shops, restaurants, bars, and enticing street vendor food available you can expect to pay about £3-5 for an average meal.
Australia – Absolute Oz
Accommodation for the eight nights Absolute Oz programme is included. In Sydney, you’ll be staying in a city central hostel and in shared accommodation during your stay at our beach camp. In your hostel in Sydney, you’ll enjoy modern facilities in shared dorm accommodation with up to 10 people.
Facilities at the hostel include –
Some meals are included as a part of this trip. These fall on the following days:
Monday – Welcome dinner and a drink
Tuesday - Lunch
Wednesday – Dinner (group pizza)
Thursday – Breakfast, lunch and a BBQ dinner
Friday – Breakfast
Saturday – Entry to four bars – a drink in each bar!
Where meals are not included you’ll be responsible for hunting down your own tucker. With catering facilities at the hostel and an abundance of local cuisine in city restaurants you should have no trouble filling up after a hard day of Aussie exploration!
What do I do about accommodation after the first 8 days?
After the first 8 days of accommodation some people decide to extend their stay in a hostel or they decide to rent an apartment. The most popular option is to rent an apartment. Our team in Sydney can assist you with this. The advantage of renting is that it is the cheaper option and you get your own private room. Our customers often end up renting a place with the friends they meet in their first week on the programme. You can expect to pay £100-£150 per week. The minimum contract is normally 3 months but some agencies will ask you to commit to six months. The jobs team will be able to help you with this, and during the first week you get an accommodation tour, where you are shown around suitable flats that are available to rent and our team will help you get signed up if you need it.
Alternatively you can extend your stay in a hostel. This is a great option for those that want to travel around quite a lot. Hostels offer cheaper rates for those that want a long term stay, for example for one month or more. It is really easy to book accommodation in hostels. You can often walk in and get a room that day but we recommend that you make a reservation the night before. Depending on where you stay in Australia, you can expect to pay around £140-£175 per week.
Please note that when you are working in Australia, you will earn enough to cover your living expenses like rent, food and bills. If you would like anymore information, please contact us for more details.
Australia - Sydney to Cairns Travel Pass (option 3 only)
No accommodation is included as part of this flexible travel pass, but in each overnight location you will have accommodation reserved for you, so you don’t have to worry about where you will be staying. These will range from shared dorm rooms in hostels (at an average cost of AUD28 per person per night) to ensuite twin or double rooms in motels (average cost AUD100) and the cost of this is to be paid locally. Overnight stop-off locations en route include Byron Bay, Noosa and Airlie Beach.
Each travel pass includes some compulsory, scheduled overnight stops in locations off the beaten track, complete with amazing and unique adventures and experiences.
The two overnight stopovers listed below will require you to make a local accommodation payment (average cost AUD28):
Each of the following unique overnight stops listed below include dinner, bed, breakfast and activities:
Please note: The Country Campout and Indigenous Camp are not compulsory, and you may stay at nearby beach resorts instead. Accommodation will be at hostel rates, and meals and activities are not included.
In some locations, such as the indigenous camp, you will be camping in remote campsites, but permanent toilets and shelter areas are provided. You will also spend one night on an overnight train travelling from Rockhampton to Airlie Beach. The train does not have sleeper carriages but it is modern and comfortable, with reclining seats, a bar and a dining car.
If you choose to hop on and off for some more independent travel you will be responsible for finding and paying for your own accommodation, although your helpful tour guides will be able to advise you of the best local options.
Meals are not included on this trip. Self-catering options are sometimes available, or the group often chooses to go out for a meal together. Australia is bursting with restaurants and cafes, so you’re never far from a good, cheap meal. Vegetarian and gluten free options are readily available.
New Zealand - Absolute NZ Jobs (options 2 & 3)
6 nights’ of dorm-share accommodation in 4-star hostels is included on this trip. This includes 3 nights in a centrally-located hostel in the lively city of Auckland. Facilities at this hostel include:
At busy times of year it is possible you may stay in a different 4-star hostel in Auckland with similar facilities.
You will spend your final 3 nights based in a hostel in Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Facilities at this hostel include:
6 breakfasts and 3 dinners are also included on this trip. Other meals are at your own cost, but with loads of great restaurants on your doorstep and even facilities to cook your own meals on offer at the hostel in Auckland, you can eat cheaply and easily while in New Zealand.
Please note: Accommodation for your final night of the first week (day 7) is not included but you can book this either before you travel to New Zealand or during your first few days in Auckland.
Long term accommodation options in NZ
Our jobs team in New Zealand can give you great advice and assistance in finding long term accommodation for your time in New Zealand. Most travellers who head out to New Zealand end up either sharing an apartment with other Working Holiday travellers or extend their stay in a hostel. The advantage of renting is that it works out cheaply, especially if you share, and you get your own private room. Our customers often end up renting a place with the friends they meet in their first week on the programme. Alternatively you can extend your stay in a hostel. This is a great option for those that want to travel around quite a lot. Hostels offer cheaper rates for those that want a long term stay, for example for one month or more. It is really easy to book accommodation in hostels; you can often walk in and get a room that day but we recommend that you make a reservation the night before.
Your wages will cover any living expenses such as rent, food and bills. If you would like any more information about costs and accommodation please contact us for more details.
New Zealand - Kiwi Discovery Pass (option 3 only)
Accommodation and meals are not included as part of this hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Each stop-off on the bus route offers unique accommodation options, which we offer our travellers at a reasonable cost, with a typical night costing about NZD25-30 for a dorm room and NZD60-80 for a twin or double room*. We reserve accommodation in all our overnight stops so you’ll be guaranteed one night’s accommodation in each overnight stop if you want it. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, tell your guide/driver and they will book it for you, and you pay as you go.
If you wish to choose your own accommodation, or want to stay longer in any of the locations along the route, to make the most of your 12 months flexible bus pass, then you are free to select your own accommodation and your guide can help you with advice and booking.
Our reserved choice of accommodation along the route is exclusive to this tour, and offers unique and amazing places to stay. These include a variety of hostels, wilderness lodges and cabins in amazing off the beaten track locations as well as on a sheep station, a country farm, rainforest lodges and in a Marae (a Maori meeting house)!
*Please note: in peak season twins and double rooms may have limited availability.
Most of the recommended accommodation en route offers self-catering facilities, and the tour stops off at supermarkets so you can stock up on supplies. Group meal options are sometimes offered and the Maori cultural experience includes meals. Vegetarian options are readily available.
The minimum age to join our trips is 18. Please note to be eligible for the Working Holiday Visa’s in both Australia and New Zealand, Immigration Laws state you must be aged between 18-30. You can apply for this online or we can assist you. If you do not meet these age requirements, you can still participate in the trip by entering Australia and New Zealand on Tourist Visa’s, however this will decrease the time you are able to stay for and you will be unable to undertake paid work. Please contact us for further details.
Tourist and Working Holiday Visa’s are your responsibility to obtain, though our Travel Advisors are readily available to help. You will need to have Working Holiday Visa’s for both Australia and New Zealand allowing you to work and travel as you please for up to 12 months each.
In Thailand, the allowed duration of your trip varies depending upon how you plan to arrive into Thailand. Without a visa, British nationals arriving by air can remain in the country for a maximum of 30 days, though if you arrive across a land border you can only stay for 15 days. If you wish to extend your trip for more than 30 days, or plan to begin employed work during your stay, then you will need to apply for a visa before you depart the UK. If you are not planning on working this will be in the form of a 60 day tourist visa.