For anyone who loves spending time outdoors, New Zealand is paradise. Bring your backpack and hiking boots because the InterExchange Work & Travel New Zealand program lets you experience the best of both islands for up to a year.
The InterExchange Work & Travel New Zealand program is geared towards those looking for more of a "freestyle" journey with more independence and less structure, but support in the background. Start off with an airport transfer, four nights of accommodation and an orientation session in Auckland, and enjoy a leg-up with job search guidance throughout your program. String together seasonal jobs to fund your travels in one of the most gorgeous places on the planet.
Regardless of the date you want to arrive (you choose) we'll provide your airport transfer to a hostel in downtown Auckland where you'll have four nights of pre-booked accommodation, including breakfast. Orientation meetings are held several times each week and cover topics including job markets, housing options, travel and safety, and logistics like taxes and setting up a phone plan. The InterExchange partner office is within blocks of your hostel and the doors are open to you any weekday while you're in town. You'll also learn about any social events organized by our partner or the hostel.
We recommend staying in New Zealand for at least six months if not the full year allowed on your visa. There's a lot to see! You get to choose where and when you travel and the hosting center in Auckland offers travel support during your program. Many people stay in hostels here and there, or do some WWOOFing (your membership is included!). Most people settle down somewhere at least once during their program, in which case there are a lot of weekly and monthly apartment listings to consider. In this case you'll have more of a "home base," can seek out work in that area and take regional trips during time off.
Most of the positions that participants on a Working Holiday program find are low-skill and temporary in nature (hotels, resorts, restaurants, fruit-picking, unskilled labor, office temping, etc.), allowing you the freedom to work for a few weeks or months and then take time to explore New Zealand! If you have specific skills or career interests we encourage you to pursue related positions, but the work that's easiest to find is low-skill and seasonal in nature. It's all about trying new things (and making a million friends as you go!).
InterExchange Work & Travel New Zealand includes support before, during and after your program. We provide you with:
About two weeks before you travel you will receive log-in details for your member profile and access to our jobs database. Once in New Zealand our partner's friendly staff will be available to consult with you about your job goals and travel plans.
With just a few web forms and uploads our sign-up process is simple, and we're always here if you have any questions. Get started by signing up now.
Once you complete your application and make a $250 partial payment (refundable if you cancel before your program is confirmed) we'll reach out to address any lingering questions, review a few key points, and get the ball rolling with your placement!
Check out this video below created by Rachel, one of our Work & Travel New Zealand participants:
The tradition of taking a working holiday has long existed in countries including the UK, Canada and many others. U.S. citizens also have access to a Work and Holiday Visa in New Zealand but the concept is less well known here. The point is that there is a lot of seasonal work available and young adults between 18 and 30 are able to take on such work as a way to help fund travels in a new place. The InterExchange program gives you a leg up and transitional support. It's generally not difficult to find short-term positions if you're pro-active, professional and a bit flexible. You can read more on the concept of a working holiday or drop us a line - we're the experts!
Our partner posts job leads from businesses seeking short-term, temporary employees in its online jobs database. They also have relationships with recruitment agencies seeking temporary office workers. You'll join a members website that keeps you up to date on job opportunities throughout your time in New Zealand. If you need extra help staff are available to speak with you in person, through email or by phone. They can also help you locate other resources like working hostels, which offer job support of their own!
If you are proactive, professional and open to various types of jobs (rather than aiming for one specific position), you can find a job quickly! There are many jobs available and most of our participants land their first position within their first one or two weeks.
Generally, employers won't hire before you arrive in New Zealand.
The amount of money you earn depends on the type of job you do, but hourly pay is often much higher in New Zealand than compared to the U.S. job market. Plus, certain jobs (like farm work or resort work) come with great perks.
The minimum wage is reviewed every year, and for 2016 is NZD $15.25 per hour before tax. You can expect to receive around $12.00 NZD after tax at the minimum wage rate and many jobs pay significantly higher.
There is no set start or end date. You'll decide your exact program dates and can stay in New Zealand for up to a year. Most participants purchase a one-way ticket initially. It's nice to have the flexibility to plan one last camping trip or perhaps a stopover in Fiji on the way home.
Our online application is free to start and easy to complete. Just a few forms and document uploads and we're always here if you have any questions. Sign Up.
For our Work & Travel New Zealand program it's more of a straightforward enrollment than an application. As long as you meet the general visa eligibility requirements it is likely that we'll confirm you for the program.
After you submit your application, we'll make sure you've got everything in order and reach out to you for an informational call.
Once you've been accepted into our program, we'll advise you on getting your visa and set you up with our international partner, who will be there to support you on the ground throughout your adventure in New Zealand.
Absolutely! We often have friends, relatives or couples travel together on our Work & Travel program. If you go solo, you're bound to meet other working holiday participants from around the world, one of the best parts of the program. Your orientation will take place in an upbeat office in the heart of Auckland, where there are many participants connecting with each other about travel plans, jobs and apartment hunting, and of course using the free internet.
Yes. The Working Holiday Visas is a multiple-entry visa, which means you can leave the country and come back during the 12 months your visa is valid.
No. You can stay as long as 12 months, but there's no minimum stay. We recommend staying for at least 6 months in order to get the full experience.
No, U.S. citizens are only eligible for the Working Holiday Visa for New Zealand one time.
Yes, you can study or train for up to six months.
You'll be transported from the airport to your hostel in Auckland, where you'll get four nights to recover from your journey and connect with fellow travelers. You'll then choose which of the orientation times would best fit your schedule during your first 4 days. In general orientation sessions take place Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings but the hostel desk will be able to confirm all upcoming sessions.
Yes. You can work for the same employer for up to 12 months on the New Zealand Working Holiday Visa but many jobs are very short term.
It depends on where you live, but you can expect to pay at least $150 NZD per week for a shared apartment/room in a house.
I went abroad with InterExchange to Australia and New Zealand. I definitely would recommend it! My sister and I did a lot of the WWoofing program because we wanted to experience the full culture of the country. You stay with very friendly people and it is definitely a phenomenal experience. Bonnie I know if I need anything I can send a quick email and be assisted right away. I feel secure with [InterExchange] staff and am grateful for the extensive information that has been provided. Keirsten
Have the adventure of a lifetime in Middle Earth and fund your travels as you go!