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Working Holiday in New Zealand

4.9(19 reviews)
Experience
Working Holiday
Destination
New Zealand
Duration
6 to 24 months
Ages
18 to 35
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Interest-free payment plans

Pay your trip off in instalments that you get to choose.

Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility

If Covid gets in the way, again, we've got your back. Read more here.

Lifetime deposit guarantee

Change of mind for trip, destination or dates? No problem! Learn more here.

Trip overview

Discover what it’s like to live like a local on our Working Holiday in New Zealand trip. Travel New Zealand’s playground packed full of outdoor adventure and have the security of a local job to fund your trip. In the North Island, admire the white-sand beaches, sip wine at world-class wineries, unwind in the hot springs or trek to the top of a volcano. Further south, raft down raging rapids, explore the stunning snow-capped mountains, hike the uncrowded trails and ski the pristine powder.

We offer the complete package and, most importantly, score you job interviews with awesome local businesses so you can stay longer and fund all your New Zealand adventures! Our team will help you get set up with everything you need to kickstart this new exciting adventure. From working holiday visa application advice, transfers and accommodation, local experiences, a New Zealand local bank account and mobile number, and so much more, we’ve got you covered. 

We know that one of the elements of a successful working holiday is to find local, seasonal employment to use as a means to fund your travels around the country. We also know that only certain businesses and industries will even consider hiring a traveller. We develop and maintain partnerships with hundreds of local businesses that do hire travellers, so you can save yourself time, money and stress with our Guaranteed Interview Before Arrival* and Unlimited Extra Interviews* to make your working holiday the best experience it can be.

Completely immerse yourself in a new culture, meet lifelong friends as you work and travel New Zealand. Best of all, you’ll break away from your usual routine back home and have endless adventures. With the freedom to travel as far and wide as you want between jobs, this trip is perfect for those who dream of being more than the average tourist and adventure for longer.

Inclusions

Guaranteed interview before arrival*
A lot of companies won't hire travellers. We’re partnered with many of the best local businesses that will. *Save time & money with a Guaranteed Interview before you arrive or we’ll extend your initial accommodation until you do.
Unlimited extra interviews*
When it’s time for somewhere new, tap into our national database of Partner Organisations to keep funding your travels. *No limit on interviews when you’ve given required notice to leave & remained professional.
Dedicated Trip Coordinator
Handpicked from an experienced team who’ve been there, done that and are ready to guide you through your entire journey and leave no question unanswered.
Working holiday visa guidance
Get your working holiday visa approved as cheap and easy as possible with our step-by-step instructions and personal guidance by your Trip Coordinator.
Personal Travel Concierge
You'll get a personal Travel Concierge to plan your flights, insurance or any add-ons to synchronise perfectly with your trip. Deal with a real human and get a personalised booking experience that ticks all your boxes.
Private airport transfer
Start your trip off right and roll up like a VIP! When your plane lands a private chauffeur will be waiting to whisk you straight to your included hostel accommodation in style.
4 nights of hostel accommodation
Meet other Global Travellers in the heart of Auckland. A 4-6 person dorm makes it the ultimate lodging for jet-lag recovery, or treat yourself and upgrade!
"Welcome to NZ" virtual orientation
Our virtual 1-on-1 orientation will get you up to date with everything you need to know about living and working in New Zealand. You’ll be a Kiwi in no time!
Local life essentials
We'll give you a New Zealand mobile number & SIM with loads of data & credit for your first month, and help set up your New Zealand bank account and Inland Revenue Department number which you’ll need to work in New Zealand.
Auckland sightseeing tour
Discover Auckland your way on a guided bus tour! Check out some of Auckland’s main attractions and learn some of the history of your new home as you’re taken through all of the most iconic and picturesque locations this amazing place has to offer.
NZ experience day
In your first few days, enjoy one of two epic activity packages jam-packed with the best local experiences. Option 1: Thrill Seeker - Get your adrenaline pumping on a bungy jump and visit to Rangitoto Island, plus passes to the SkyWalk & SkyTower. Option 2: Explorer - If you love adventure, the Auckland Bridge climb, Waiheke Island Wine Tour and hop-on-hop-off island bus tour is for you.
Auckland bar crawl
See the best that Auckland’s nightlife has to offer! Explore 4 of the best bars in the city, skip the lines, get a free drink at each venue and meet a bunch of cool people.
Queenstown adventure
At some point during your trip, you’re going to end up in Queenstown! The place is not just the adventure capital of New Zealand, but also remarkably beautiful. When you’re there, you’ll have the choice between two activities. Option 1: Milford Sound Cruise - embark on a full day trip to the stunning fjords & glaciers of the South Island to see Milford Sound. Option 2: Canyon Jet Boating - have a guided half-day tour through beautiful Queenstown Canyons before speeding through them on a Jet Boat.
Permanent accommodation support
If permanent accommodation isn’t provided with your job opportunity, we can help you find the perfect home.
$200 Global Tour Voucher
We know this will be the trip of a lifetime, so you also get a $200 Global Tour Voucher to put towards any Contiki, Busabout, Topdeck or G Adventures tour so you can go and explore some more of the world whilst you’re over there. You’re welcome.
Ongoing support from our team
Think of us as your family away from home. Whether you need advice or a shoulder to lean on, or you’re looking for your next job opportunity, our team in Australia will provide you with unlimited support.
24/7 Global Emergency Line
Feel confident knowing we have a worldwide emergency team on standby, 24/7/365, so you can feel safe and secure throughout your whole trip no matter where you are in the world.
gWorld access
Stay organised with your personalised portal where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global.
Marketplace deals
Get exclusive access to deals and discounts through our online Marketplace. Save big on a huge range of products and services from our brand partners worldwide.
$250 off your next trip
The “Travel Bug” is a very real thing! Once you catch it, it really doesn’t go away! Book any other trip with us later and save $250. Why would you ever stop travelling?
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Just in case it’s not clear already, we’re not an employment or recruitment agency. Read more.

Qualification

To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:
  • Be between 18-35 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our Working Holiday in New Zealand trip is designed to get you set up abroad as quickly and safely as possible. Our expert team take care of all those stressful essentials you need to get set up overseas, like visa applications, bank accounts, New Zealand job interviews and help finding the perfect place to live. Simply, we’re here to ensure your transition to working abroad in New Zealand is seamless.

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Book with confidence

Interest-free payment plans

Pay your trip off in instalments that you get to choose.

Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility

If Covid gets in the way, again, we've got your back. Read more here.

Lifetime deposit guarantee

Change of mind for trip, destination or dates? No problem! Learn more here.

Trip location

Arrive in Auckland so you can attend your orientation session. After that, you’re free to roam as you please.

Trip itinerary

Day 1

Once you’ve touched down at Auckland Airport, your private transfer will be waiting for you outside. They’ll take you into Auckland to your initial accommodation at a top-rated hostel where we’ll cover the first 4 nights for you. Relax, make some new friends and settle in!

Day 2

Time for your virtual orientation with your Trip Coordinator in Australia. During this session, we’ll help you set up your bank account and Inland Revenue Department number so that you’re all ready to start working. Our team will also give you a New Zealand SIM card loaded with calling credit, loads of data and unlimited texts, so you can easily keep in touch with loved ones back home! We’ll give you your pass for the guided sightseeing bus tour to check out Auckland’s best spots and get a real feel for the city.

Day 3

Choose between one of two epic experience day packages - Thrill Seeker or Explorer.

If you prefer to get your adrenaline pumping, enjoy the Auckland Bungy Jump from 40 metres above the harbour, do the outdoor SkyWalk on top of NZ’s highest building, visit Rangitoto Island and get a pass to Sky Tower on the Thrill Seeker.

If you’re an adventurer at heart, you’ll love your climb of the Auckland Bridge. Then, with return ferry tickets included, cruise across the bay to enjoy your private transfer around Waiheke Island on a wine-tasting tour, and finish the day by jumping on the hop-on hop-off bus tour to see more on the Explorer.

Take that energy into a wild night out on your city bar crawl, checking out the best nightlife Auckland has to offer! 

 

Day 4

Most people have their interview before they’ve even left home. If you haven’t received yours within 4 days of arriving, we’ll extend your accommodation for free until we do. That’s how confident we are. And, if you’re not successful in your first interview, we’ll keep trying too!

Day 5+

After you’ve had your 4 nights stay in Auckland, it’s generally time to move on to where your new workplace is. If permanent accommodation isn’t provided with your job opportunity, our team can help you find the perfect home.

6 months+

After successfully completing your first 6 months as a New Zealand local, you might want to experience a whole new location, job or just take off and go travelling! We’ll be here when you decide it’s time for something new. When you inevitably go visit Queenstown, make sure you let your Trip Coordinator know. This way they can set up either your Jet Boat experience or trip out to Milford Sound!

Ongoing

Our team will always keep in touch with you throughout your stay. If at any point during your trip you need advice or support, our team are here to answer all your questions. Don’t forget you can jump on our social media pages too or buzz our 24/7 emergency support line for urgent matters.

Head home with some extra money at the end of your trip. We’ve partnered with a company that specializes in tax returns for working holidaymakers and you can easily lodge it online from anywhere in the world. Get in touch with our team when it’s nearly time to head home to get some cash back from your travels.

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Traveller jobs & locations 

Land an entry to mid-level job which will be fun and social, so you can make friends, learn new skills and have the freedom to explore new places. Located all across the country, here’s a list of the industries most of our Partner Organisations are in that you could expect to find yourself being matched with too!

  • Hospitality
  • Tourism
  • Ski Resorts
  • Summer Resorts
  • Farming
  • Hotels & Lodges
  • Labour & Construction
  • Sales
  • + More

From seaside towns to world-renowned mountain resorts and bustling cities in between, we’ve got connections to host companies dotted all over New Zealand, so you could find yourself working in any of these destinations. 

  • Auckland
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Queenstown
  • Rotorua
  • Dunedin
  • Mount Cook
  • Waiheke Island
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Hamilton
  • Nelson
  • + More

Reviews

Imogen R
Booked in Feb, 2020
Calum was amazing at answering all of my questions. He was super helpful and very friendly:) Thank you Calum
Ashley E
Booked in Aug, 2019
Stacey has been so helpful and kind through all the processes with getting me to New Zealand. She is very friendly and I love how everyone who I have spoken to is just so welcoming and it instantly feels like I have already made friends. Everyone really lightens the mood and really makes it all about you and your experience. I have been overwhelmingly excited about this and can’t wait to finally go through with it!
James F
Booked in Nov, 2019
Amazing service and amazing staff, Cohen really helped me get set up with my trip to New Zealand and as a local himself had a more in depth chat with me!
Jack C
Booked in Oct, 2019
Really personal and friendly people to talk to. Easy as ever.
Serena W
Booked in Aug, 2019
My travel agent was amazing! She was so sweet and kind, she cared and made talking about this fun. She gave me ideas and is so good at what she does! She made me feel very comfortable and we laughed a lot and had fun. My experience was so awesome. I feel like i want to know her in person. I loved her!
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Frequently asked questions

Yes! There are several destinations that are open to travellers right now! And if you’re from Australia, you could be able to get an exemption to travel if you’re travelling for over 3 months*, which is the majority of our trips. We can advise how to apply for this exemption. We recommend our travellers book their trips at least 6-12 months in advance, so by the time you’re ready to depart we’re confident your destination (if it’s not already open) will be open and ready to go. *Full exemption info here.

If you have to make any changes to your departure date, you’re protected by our Lifetime Deposit Guarantee and our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility. With this, we will change your trip dates for free. If this doesn’t fit around you and you can’t go on your trip anymore, we will give you a 100% refund in the form of a Trip Credit with us (See terms). If you’re unable to use it, you can also transfer that credit to someone else for them to put towards any trip too.


If you’re affected by COVID while you’re overseas, you will have all the support you need from our team or partners in-country as well as have access to our 24/7 Global Emergency Line. We work with a travel insurance company that provides COVID protection, and people going on Volunteer trips will get this for free currently!

Yes we are! All of our trips are still being planned for and taking new bookings. We always recommend that our travellers take 6-12 months between booking their trip to departure. This gives you plenty of time to arrange all the finer details of your trip, and pay it off. If things don’t go as planned you are always able to rearrange your trip using your Lifetime Deposit Guarantee and Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility! So there is really nothing to worry about.

In 2020, the world stopped. This means that we have a backlog of travellers, just like you, who are desperate to get out and explore the world! Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12 months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free. If COVID affects your trip, you are protected for any changes with our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility. Why not give yourself something to look forward to, by booking that trip!

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together. Meaning that you can live together and work together. If availability doesn’t allow it, we’ll get you in the same area. So you’ll be able to have this experience together!

Our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility means you can change your trip’s start date up to 56 days before departure without incurring ANY charges, and you’re able to rebook it for ANY time (or even any other trip) in the next 2 years from your original start date.


In the event that you want to cancel your booking altogether, if you give us over 56 days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Travel Credit which you can put towards booking absolutely anything travel related with your Travel Concierge within the next 3 years!

How it works

Make your decision
Choose your trip style and destination, and confirm your spot with a deposit. Then, open your gWorld account and celebrate, the hardest part is over and the fun is about to begin.
We become friends
You’ll be matched with a personal Trip Coordinator who knows all the ins & outs. They’ll guide you through everything we need to do together, so you can leave your worries behind.
Time to go
We’ll get your tickets in-hand and your transfers ready. Then, our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared for your arrival. It’s now time for the real adventure to start.
24/7 support
Never stress, knowing we’re there with you when you need us with ongoing & unlimited local team support and check-ins. And just in case, we’ve got an emergency team on stand-by, 24/7.

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Flexible trips
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Worldwide support
Know that someone is always ready to assist throughout the journey & they’re only a call, tweet, comment, text or double tap away, 24/7.
We're the experts
With over 10 years in the industry and a team of over 100 passionate pros, you can bet we know our stuff better than anyone else.
Partner network
We have over 1,200 partners around the globe, so we have access to plenty of exclusive opportunities to make your trip the best it can be.

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