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Want to earn money as you travel New Zealand? You might need to, so you can sustain a whole year of epic skydives and white-knuckle thrills. We've been experts in New Zealand Working Holidays since 1979, and can help you sort your visa, send you off on your adventure, and support you with all the grown-up stuff while you're there, so you can get on with having fun. Scroll down to find out the essentials...
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New Zealand working holiday visas
If you're 18-30 and looking for the opportunity to live and work in on your travels, then a Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand is the perfect option. You can choose to work (and travel, and play... and roam around one of the most incredible travel destinations on earth) for up to 23 months. The best part? We'll sort your visa out online, no fuss. Let's get plannig!
From £215
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Hello New Zealand starter pack | 4, 6 or 8 days
A 4, 6 or 8-day welcome in either Auckland or Christchurch, including hostel accommodation with daily breakfast, airport arrival transfers, a welcome orientation of your chosen city, pub meets and social events, CV and job consultation, bank account help, tax setup and 12 months' access to the Hello NZ jobs board. We'll help you find your ideal office whether that's a sheep farm, an adventure tourism company or, you know, an actual office. Each to their own.
From £218
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The Big One | 7 days
This welcome pack includes all the accommodation, job support and general life admin help that you get with our Hello New Zealand package, but we've supersized it with loads of extra activities in Auckland and the Bay of Islands to give you the best intro to Kiwi life. You'll get an extra 3 nights in Auckland, 2 nights in Paihia and an epic overnight cruise, entry to the Sky Tower, a pub crawl, transfers to the Bay of Islands, plus you'll get the chance to go kayaking, fishing, bush walking and soak up the Kiwi vibes with a beach barbecue.
From £519
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New Zealand Internships | 1-6 months
With our Internship programmes and packages, you can get a pre-arranged professional internship in New Zealand customised to your specific needs. Get help with your CV, interview preparation and advice and a designated internship coordinator. You'll have organised social events in your new home away from home amd 24-hour help desk. These internships are unpaid, to ensure the focus is on learning and you'll receive a certificate upon completion so you can gain some really valuable experience on your CV.

Job Before U Go

Land a job before you leave!

From £499
  • Employers will (Skype) interview and hire before you depart the UK
  • Pre-arranged job before departure at one of our hand-picked seasonal employers
  • Jobs include working in hotels, tourist attractions and resorts
  • Comprehensive welcome orientation
  • Dedicated Placement team
  • Help with setting up IRD number, SIM card & bank account
  • Social events (pub meets, BBQ’s, movie nights)
  • 24-hour emergency helpline

How it works

  • 1. Plan your working holiday
    Head into an STA Travel store at home or call 0333 321 7850 to book your flights, Hello New Zealand starter pack and travel insurance. Apply for a working holiday visa online here
  • 2. Arrive in New Zealand
    Touch down in Auckland or Christchurch, get transferred to one of our favourite hostels, and once your jetlag has settled down meet your local guide for a welcome orientation.
  • 3. I need a job!
    With our CV and job consultation done and access to Work NZ set up, you'll be earning in no time.

What are the typical wages in New Zealand?

Bar wages in new zealand

Bar work

NZD $16-18 per hour

office wages in new zealand

Office jobs

NZD $18-25 per hour for administrative or call centre work; expect more for skilled jobs in marketing, PR or accountancy

Ski wages in new zealand

Ski work

Upwards of $300 per week, including food and lodging

How can I find work in New Zealand?

Sign up to one of our handy work support packs for help getting set up and earning those $$$ as soon as possible.

What is a New Zealand working holiday?

If you're 18-30 and looking for the opportunity to live and work in New Zealand whilst on your travels, then a Working Holiday Visa is the perfect option. Most nationalities can work in New Zealand for up to 12 months, but if you're from the UK, you're eligible to stay for up to 23 months!

Am I eligible for a New Zealand working holiday visa?

Other than being between the ages of 18-30, you will also have 15 months validity on your passport from the date of entry specified on your visa application for a one year visa, or 26 months validity if you want to apply for the 23 month working visa. You'll also need be in good health with no criminal convictions, and have medical insurance for the length of your stay. Lastly, you'll be asked to prove you have sufficient funds to support yourself in New Zealand and enough money for a return flight back home if needed. 

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