10 reasons to do a working holiday in New Zealand

You’re thinking about it. Weighing up the idea of moving half-way across the world vs. staying at home and building a career. What if we were to tell you that moving over to New Zealand on a working holiday visa could not only help you start to build your career, but you’d make money, travel an incredible country and have a lot of stories to tell at the end of it (some that you probably wouldn’t want to tell your Mum… sorry Mum.)

Well, that’s what we’re here to do. And not only give you one reason to move to the land of the hobbits, great wine and endless adventure… but ten.

beach in New Zealand

You can apply for a 23-month visa, if you’re thinking long-term

If that sounds like way too much commitment (we hear you) you can also apply for a 12 month visa and then decide to extend it at the end. Plus, no back-breaking, rise-at-dawn farm work is required. Just a medical certificate. Perfect.


New Zealand is rated 2nd in the world of best places to live and work in the 2018 HSBC Expat Explorer survey

If you don’t want to take our word for it, take the hundreds of thousands of expats that filled in the survey.


And it was ranked the 2nd safest country in the world in the 2018 Global Peace Index

There’s nothing better than moving to a country where the people love and respect each other. One love and all that (boyband Blue knew the deal).


You can live your best life here. Literally.

The lifestyle choices over in New Zealand are as endless as they are epic. If you want to backpack and chill… you got it. If you want to work hard, then spend your weekends surfing and sailing… you got it. Days filled with adrenaline-fuelled activities, sure. Kicking back and relaxing with a beer and your mates in the evenings, hiking in the great outdoors, road tripping or taking it easy for a year. Whatever you want to do, you can do it in New Zealand.


The scenery

Hooker Valley Kiwi Experience

Look at it. LOOK. AT. IT.


You’ll make more money than you probably would at home

Wages start from $16 an hour (approx £8.25) for barista, bar and hospitality jobs, or from $20 an hour for office, labour and shop work. 99 problems, but money ain’t one.


You can study for up to six months on a working holiday visa

You don’t even need to work on your working holiday visa… if you want the opportunity to study there instead, you can do that too.


So many adventures are just on your doorstep

From white water rafting in the Tongariro River to skydiving over Lake Taupo, channelling your inner Gandalf in Hobbiton to exploring endless volcanic landscapes… you could literally walk out your door and be presented with about five different adventures.


Incredible trip + valuable experience on your CV = New Zealand working holiday

Don’t forget, whatever you do when you’re working in New Zealand, you can put on your CV. Working in a new country is beneficial in so many ways: not only could it match your career interests, but it’ll show your new employer that you’re confident, resourceful, and willing to take on a challenge. Who doesn’t want to hire someone like that?!


You’ll make mates for life

Last but not least, you’re guaranteed to make friends, whether you go over there on your own or with a few buddies. From the occasionally cramped hostel dorms that offer non-stop social activities, to the group tours that get you ticking off all the highlights, to your fellow working holiday-makers that you’ll meet if you go over there on one of our starter packs!


Convinced? We can get you there, set you up in a hostel and sort you out with a working holiday starter pack all from £1,013. How?

We’ve got return flights from £599

Visas from £195...

And 4,6 or 8-day welcome starter packs from £219!

Travelling the world with locked-in syndrome

Our next guest post is written by Mia Austin, a 29-year-old from Chester with an inspiring story. When Mia was 21 she suffered a severe stroke which paralysed her from the neck down (aka ‘locked-in syndrome’) and she’s only able to communicate through a computer that registers her eye movements.

A passionate traveller, Mia didn’t want to let her situation stop her from experiencing the world and everything in it, and has launched a campaign for travellers with disabilities, to show them you can do anything if you put your mind to it. With help from STA Travel, she went on a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia; read on for her top tips as well as her travel story.


A local’s guide to Adelaide

Our ‘Local Insider Series’ focuses on bringing you the lowdown on various cities across the globe, straight from the mouth of the locals. So you know it’s not bullsh*t.

To launch the series, we asked Kate Beveridge, one of our Travel Experts down in Adelaide, to tell us everything we need to know about this little slice of Australia. Step out of the shadows Adelaide… it’s your time to shine!


Top places to visit in Bali

You’re looking for a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the 9 to 5. You’re looking for a way to blow off some steam after a hefty period of university deadlines and exams. You’re looking to discover a new and interesting culture. You’re looking for an island getaway. Enter Bali – an island in Indonesia, known for its volcanic, jungle landscapes, powder-white beaches and smattering of temples.  

Keep reading for the top places to visit in Bali, for a variety of different reasons!


40 things to do before you’re 40

40 is the new 30, right?! We’re celebrating our 40th birthday this year, and we’re filling it with obnoxious amounts of balloons, cake and adventures. We’ve looked back on our last 40 years and devised the perfect bucketlist of things to do before you get to our age.  

So, whether you’re seeing in your fabulous 40s with us, got a few years to go, or haven’t even hit the big 2-0 yet, we’ve got a list that will help you #StartTheAdventure.  


Solo female travel stories from across the globe

Ever since 1911, the world has celebrated International Women’s Day on the 8th March. It may be 2019 (and we can celebrate women all day every day, k?) but we’re not going to pass up an opportunity to talk about how amazing they are. In the spirit of IWD, we asked female employees across STA Travel to send us their favourite solo travel story.

Who run across the world? Girls!


Top 10 cities to stay in Europe for under £40

We’re 40 this year, believe it or not (we use good anti-wrinkle cream) and to celebrate we’ve combed through all our hostel deals across Europe to piece together a list of cities that you can stay in for two nights for less than £40!

We said it once (well, much more than once) and we’ll say it again: travelling doesn’t have to be expensive. We’ve got the goods to prove it.


9 bucketlist experiences in Western Australia

If you could describe your perfect place, what would it have? Year-round sunshine, sandy-white beaches, a never-ending amount of outdoor adventures, dreamy sunsets, a laid-back lifestyle, good wine…? You’re basically describing Western Australia. If you need more (greedy thing) how about an abundance of bucketlist experiences to get your teeth stuck in to?

Come on travellers, it’s time to play in WA…

New Year, old me: ways to look after yourself in 2019

“I’m not where I thought I’d be this year…”

“Am I doing what I want to be doing for the rest of my life?”

“Their life looks way better than mine”

“New Year, new me”

Sound familiar? The start of the year always seems to see people dole out the classics…

But have you ever heard the phrase ‘start as you mean to go on’? Put simply – don’t start the year putting yourself down like this. It shouldn’t be about reinventing yourself, it should be about doing more of what you love and being kind to yourself.

Improving your own mental health and wellbeing should be top of the agenda for 2019. One thing that we at STA Travel HQ think helps improve wellbeing? Travel. Duh. But we also know that not everyone has the money to go flying off to a new country every time they feel a bit of stress creeping in (if only), so we’ve come up with some ideas of how to look after yourself this year. Travel or no travel.


7 reasons travelling by campervan is the best way to travel

Travel is great. But what about travelling in a tin can complete with Pot Noodle cooker (kettle) and a beer fridge? Yep, that’s right. It’s time to give some serious kudos to the campervan…