With its surreal natural beauty, unique flora and fauna and quirky charm, New Zealand offers each of its visitors an unforgettable adventure. Our Work & Travel program gives you the freedom to experience the best of New Zealand for up to a year while you work abroad. Want to surf in January? Ski in July? Go kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park? Try your hand with livestock or fruit-picking on an organic farm? Whatever kind of adventure you have in mind, chances are you can find it in New Zealand. You can learn more about the program here.
Arrival & Orientation
You’ll be transported from the airport to the hostel, where you’ll get four nights to recover from your long journey. Accommodation is close to our international cooperator’s (IC) office, where you’ll receive a comprehensive orientation covering everything—from organizing your bank account and tax number to helping you find work and somewhere to live. You’ll also learn about all the awesome events happening across the country and meet like-minded travelers.
Work & Travel (up to 12 months)
The Working Holiday Visa allows you to stay longer than a tourist visa and take on short-term jobs at places like restaurants or hotels and in manual labor positions to fund your travels. Other kinds of work, including temp office jobs, are also possible.
Our program provides pre-departure support, including visa application information and general advice, as well as job search and travel support throughout your time in New Zealand. Job support includes access to one-on-one advising (Auckland), access to a Members Website with job leads and other helpful information, phone and email support, social media updates and more.
Pay and Housing
The amount of money you earn depends on the type of job you do. The minimum wage in New Zealand is $14.25/hour. Keep in mind the perks that come along with certain jobs—for example, farm work often includes accommodation and food. Our IC can provide housing and hostel referrals throughout your stay.
As a participant in our Work & Travel New Zealand program you’ll receive:
- Visa assistance
- Airport pickup and transfer to accommodation
- Four nights of accommodation to help you recover from the long flight and explore Auckland
- An orientation covering searching for a job, travel and other logistics
- A SIM card and phone number
- A Work New Zealand handbook and packet
- A membership card and access to our International Cooperator's Auckland-based office where staff will be available to consult about jobs, travel and more
- Assistance in opening a bank account and getting a local tax file number
- Accommodation referrals
- A weekly e-newsletter with job notices
- Access to discounted international accident and sickness insurance
- Mail holding and forwarding services
- Five days of free luggage storage
- An ISE card - International Student & Youth Exchange Identification Card
Program Fee: $745
Reserve your space by starting your application and making a $250 deposit.
Program fees cover the inclusions listed above, as well as administration in the U.S. and New Zealand. They also help fund the grants awarded by our Foundation each year.
Other costs to consider:
- Travel costs
- Personal spending money
- Travel health insurance (required but available through InterExchange)
Please apply at least six weeks prior to your desired start date. If you would like to start your program in less than six weeks, please contact us to discuss possibilities.
Up to one year
What is the Work & Travel New Zealand Program?
This program allows you to work and travel in New Zealand for up to one year on a Working Holiday Visa. IEP, InterExchange’s international cooperator in New Zealand, will support you throughout your entire stay. IEP is located in the heart of downtown Auckland, where participants will attend an orientation and enjoy personal support from a friendly team of staff. Throughout your time in the country you will also have support via phone or email.
What benefit do I get out of the program?
Support before and during your entire stay. This includes a comprehensive orientation, job, housing and travel support, as well as membership with our international cooperator, IEP, in New Zealand. IEP gets job leads from businesses seeking short-term, casual employees. They also have relationships with recruitment agencies seeking temporary office workers.
What is covered in the orientation?
During your comprehensive orientation, you’ll learn about:
- the IEP team and how they can help you (including mail service)
- finding a job, including CV advice
- how to find short- and long-term accommodation
- travel options around New Zealand
- buying a car
- mobile phones
- tax, including applications for IRD (tax numbers)
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