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Ultimate Kiwi Work and Travel

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Trip Code: NZPAK1
Duration: 8 Days
From £550 for 8 Days
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Kick off your Kiwi Working Holiday in real style on this Ultimate 7 day intro into the world of work down under. With 7 action packed days exploring this extraordinary country we will make sure you have everything you need to work and travel in this incredible country! Brace yourself for the Ultimate Kiwi Experience!

Work and Travel in New Zealand

When it comes to working in New Zealand there really is no limit to what you can do, and this ultimate arrival package based in the beautiful city of Auckland is hands down the best way to start your Kiwi working holiday with a bang! The aim of your first week in New Zealand is to help you settle in to your new surroundings with a wide range of exciting excursions and activities for you and your group of fellow travellers, whilst getting you set up and ready to work and travel around the incredible land down under. 

This specially designed intro week will help get you ready for your Working Holiday and help you get to know some other travellers to start your journey with, whilst experiencing some of New Zealand’s best bits, including a trip to Coromandel to experience the pristine beaches and laid-back vibe, as well as a dip in the Thermal Beach Pools at Hot Water Beach, a visit to Cathedral Cove and Kauri Forest, help to protect the endangered Kiwi Bird, catch a ferry after a day of exploring New Chums Beach back to Auckland and an epic bar crawl to some of the best bars and clubs in the city!

As part of your package you will receive 12 months job support, including assistance setting up all aspects of your Kiwi working holiday such as your bank account, tax file number, and a local SIM card, etc. Accommodation is included in your 7 day intro, and our dedicated team in Auckland will also help you with finding shared accommodation for after your initial 7 days and beyond! You will receive a helping hand with your CV/Resume, so all you will need to do is show off your skills to your Kiwi employers and before you know it you will be cruising in your dream job down under!

7 Day New Zealand Intro
This action packed intro week will give you a fantastic taster of the Kiwi way of life and what you can expect from your time in Kiwi paradise. Our team will show you all of the highlights of the stunning city of Auckland on a walking tour of the city to check out some of the city’s main sightseeing hot spots, a trip to Coromandel to experience the pristine beaches and laid-back vibe, as well as a dip in the Thermal Beach Pools at Hot Water Beach, a visit to Cathedral Cove and Kauri Forest, help to protect the endangered Kiwi Bird, catch a ferry after a day of exploring New Chums Beach back to Auckland all culminating in an epic bar crawl to some of the best bars and clubs in the city!

New Zealand is packed full of world famous sights and stunning landscape, with the Hobbiton Movie Set being based there, and Waiheke Island, Lake Wanaka to name but a few of the natural wonders to amaze and inspire you on your visit to New Zealand. This is truly not to be missed if you plan on a trip to New Zealand during your Gap Year or Career Break!

Paid Work in New Zealand
You will get set up with an local mobile phone SIM, a bank account in New Zealand, and your TFN (Tax File Number), set you up with a fixed address for your time in New Zealand which is essential for your TFN and bank account, so that you will hit the ground running and be ready to work as soon as you finish your intro week in Auckland. We will also set you up with a 12-month membership to the best back-packer recruitment agency in New Zealand, who will make sure you are kept up-to-date with new relevant job opportunities all over the country, and will give you all the support you need to make sure your CV is top notch so you can apply for some amazing jobs as you travel from place to place! Furthermore, all your mail with be scanned so you can easily access it online - anytime and anywhere. Finally, if you work in New Zealand on a working holiday visa, you'll pay tax at the end of your time in NZ, and we'll help you claim a tax refund, which could be worth thousands.

Quick Facts

Trip Name
Ultimate Kiwi Work and Travel
Trip Code
New Zealand
Auckland Airport, AKL
Minimum Duration
8 Days
Minimum Age
Trip Type
Paid Work
Adventure, Hospitality
From £550 for 8 Days
£ 150.00
Preferred Duration
12 Months
Participants may need to be of reasonable fitness due to some physical activities that are included in the itinerary. Participants also need to be aged 18 - 30 to be eligible to work on a Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand.
Ideal for
Paid Work in New Zealand, Working Holiday in New Zealand, Work and Travel in New Zealand, Intro Tour of Auckland, Intro Tour of New Zealand, Gap Year, Career Break and Student Holidays in New Zealand, Work and Travel Arrival Package.
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Arrival Dates

The trips run on a fortnight rotation so call one of our friendly Travel Advisors and we will book you in on the next available slot, that suits you! Arrival is on the preceding Sunday before the Monday induction in Auckland.

Holidaying in New Zealand
You do not need a visa to visit New Zealand if you are:

- A New Zealand or Australian citizen or resident,
- A UK citizen and/or passport holder (you can stay up to six months), or
- A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand (you can stay up to three months).

If you don’t meet the above, then you’ll need a visitor visa, which allows you to holiday in New Zealand for up to nine months. If you’re applying as an individual, the easiest and cheapest way to apply for a visitor visa is online. If you’re travelling with a partner, family or group, you should submit a paper application.

Working Holidays
Working holiday visas are available to young people, usually aged 18-30 (but 18-35 in a select few countries). They let you travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months, or 23 months if you’re from the UK. To apply you’ll need to meet the visa requirements, and have:

A return ticket, or enough money to pay for one; and 
Be coming mainly to holiday, with work being a secondary intention.

For more information on your visa requirements visit the New Zealand immigration website by clicking here.

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4 nights accommodation in a centrally-located backpacker hostel in Auckland / 3 nights at our country lodge. Accommodation provided has all facilities available with shared bedrooms.
Arrival Transfer
We will provide you with an arrival transfer from Auckland Airport. Available on your arrival date.
Excursions and Activities
A range of excursions during your 7 day arrival package in New Zealand are included (as per itinerary on Extra Info tab). Included: trip to Coromandel, swim in Thermal Beach Pools at Hot Water Beach, a visit to Cathedral Cove and Kauri Cove, help protect endangered Kiwi Bird, visit New Chums Beach, Comprehensive Info Session, finishing with an epic bar crawl in Auckland.
Bank Account
We will set you up with a New Zealand Bank Account to get you started
Tax File Number
All workers in New Zealand require a TFN to get paid and pay relevant taxes. We will help you with the tax registration process.
SIM Card
You will be provided with a New Zealand SIM Card when you arrive at your hostel.
CV Assistance
You will receive expert advice to help you build up your CV from our dedicated in-country team.
Job Support
You will receive 12 months of job support with a membership to one of New Zealand’s top backpacker recruitment services.
Postal Forwarding
Our in-country team will provide you with a postal address for tax purposes, as well as an address for your family and friends to contact you by post.
Accommodation Tour
We’ll help you find furnished shared houses by the beach, inner city and all of New Zealand’s top locations, if you plan to stay and work in New Zealand for a while after your arrival tour package.
You will have access to a dedicated in-country team, as well as 24-hour emergency support from our UK based team.
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Not Included

Flights; Travel and Health Insurance; Working Holiday Visa; Vaccinations (if required); Accommodation after included nights; Food; Guaranteed Job (subject to CV and interview process); Transport; In-Country Travel; Social Activity Costs.
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7 Day New Zealand Intro

Day 1 (Monday)- Your Arrival in Auckland & Welcome Dinner
Check into your hostel before meeting our legendary tour guides and the rest of your group. We’ll introduce you to the office crew, let you know the itinerary for the week and organise your SIM card. Tonight, you’ll mingle with your group at the Welcome Dinner (includes dinner & a drink). 

Day 2 - City Tour & Info Session
Join our info session this morning where we’ll explain everything you need to know about working and travelling around New Zealand. Our team are all experienced travellers and are happy to answer any questions you may have. We’re here to support you along the way with anything you need. We then head out to explore beautiful Auckland on our city tour - there is a lot more to Auckland than you might think!

Day 3 - Travel to Coromandel
Today we head to The Coromandel, famous for its pristine beaches, laid-back vibe and natural beauty. You’ll love our little country lodge just minutes from the beach. Chill in a hammock or cuddle your favourite sheep. 

Day 4 - Thermal Beach Pools - Cathedral Cove & Kauri Forest
The next morning we follow the winding roads to the famous Hot Water Beach. Grab a shovel and start digging your very own natural hot pool - better than any spa!
After a morning of thermal pools we head over to stunning Cathedral Cove to explore. Go for a swim in crystal clear waters and discover some hidden coves. On the way back we stop off to hike through the mystic Kauri forests. 

Day 5 - Kiwi Birds, Beach & BBQ
The Kiwi bird is not just one of NZ’s national treasures, but also the cutest little creature you’ll ever find! Unfortunately, they’re not far from extinction. Today, you can get involved to help protect it and support the Kiwi Encounter project. We’ll show you the great work they do and you get to see Kiwis in their natural habitat. We end the day with a good home-cooked BBQ. 

Day 6 - New Chums Beach
Before heading back to city life, we take you to New Chums Beach, voted one of the world’s top 10 beaches. No pathways or bridges. Cross a creek, climb rocks, pass through the native palm forest before getting a glimpse of Paradise. It’s well worth it. Later this afternoon we catch the scenic ferry back to Auckland.

Day 7 - Pub Crawl & Farewell Dinner
Get dressed up for a fun night on the town! Meet the group at one of our favourite party bars before starting our Auckland Pub Crawl. We visit some hot spots in the city -  VIP express entry and a couple of free welcome drinks along the way! Our in-country team will then be able to help support you for your awesome year ahead!

Useful Info

12-Month Job Service
During your time in New Zealand, you will have a membership to Travellers At Work (TAW), the Number 1 backpacker agency in New Zealand. This gives you access to the extensive network of employers all over New Zealand advertising backpacker jobs on our online database and as a member you’ll have exclusive access to thousands of jobs. Receive daily job alerts directly to your email so you don’t miss out!
With ongoing support from the TAW staff and help writing your resume and covering letter you’ll be applying for New Zealand jobs in no time!

CV/Resume Review Service
When finding a new job, or hunting for your dream job, an impressive CV/Resume that stands out from the crowd will greatly improve your chances of finding employment quickly. You will have access to a team of Job Consultants who will be available to review your CV/Resume and give feedback providing you with the top tips for ways to improve this vital element of gaining employment down under. 

12-Months Mail Service
Every travelling worker in New Zealand will need to set-up a fixed mailing/postal address. Not only is this a great way for your family and friends to have a point of contact for you while you are on your travels in New Zealand, a fixed address is a requirement when setting up your bank account, TFN (Tax File Number) and your medical care. 
Our in-country Mail Holding Service provides a secure fixed mailing/postal address for the duration of your working holiday in New Zealand. You will have access to your mail at anytime through your online account, where details of any mail/post will be uploaded to a secure server for you to view and keep track of. 

New Zealand Bank Account
Before you start your journey to New Zealand we will have already set-up your New Zealand bank account. We will email you with details on how to set up your bank account in New Zealand, so you can start putting money into your account, and your ATM card will be ready to collect when you arrive. We’ll apply for your Tax File Number so you’ll be set-up and ready to work as soon as you want. 

Tax File Number (TFN)
During your arrival meeting with a member of the in-country staff, you will be shown how to apply for your TFN (Tax File Number), so that you will be able to work straight away when you arrive in New Zealand. Although it takes around 2 weeks for your TFN to be issued and sent back to you (it will be available in your online Mail Service Account) you can still legally work during these 2 weeks. 

Mobile Phone SIM Card
We’ll organise your NZ mobile SIM and help you select a suitable prepaid plan with cheap calls and heaps of data. Remember to unlock your phone before heading to New Zealand, or we can help you buy a cheap handset when you arrive. 

Tax Refund and Superannuation Advice 
Our in-country team will be on hand throughout your 12 months of work in New Zealand to answer any questions you have about the taxation process, and they will even lend a helping hand so you can claim your tax refund back after working in New Zealand, and also help you claim your Superannuation after leaving the country at the end of your trip.

New Zealand Working Visa
If you are aged 18-30 years and you want to live and work in New Zealand, then you will need to apply for a 12 month New Zealand Working Visa. 

It is extremely important that you are eligible to apply for the visa before applying for any of our Paid Work trips in New Zealand, as failure to meet the requirements will lead to you not being able to work and travel in New Zealand!

Please ensure you comply with our Eligibility Requirements listed below as they are very important for the success of your application. 

Eligibility Requirements / you must:
Not have previously entered New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa before. 
Be 18 years - 30 years & 11 months old. 
Have a passport valid at the time of application, issued by one of the following countries: United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Taiwan. 
Not have any dependants (e.g. children) - applicants with children may be eligible, but they cannot be accompanied by dependants at any time during their stay in New Zealand, and they will need to submit a paper-based application to DIBP. 
Have sufficient funds available for a return ticket and to cover their stay in New Zealand. 
If you have a one way ticket, you will require NZ$5,000  plus additional funds to cover a return ticket. Alternatively, if you have a return ticket, you will require NZ$5,000. You may be asked to provide evidence of this in the form of a recent bank statement. 
Have over 6 months validity on your passport after your proposed return date to the UK. 
If any of the items above are not met, then unfortunately, you are not eligible for the visa. 

Extra documents are required e.g. X-rays, court records, proof of employment etc. if you:
Intend to work in an New Zealand hospital, school (children under 5) or childcare centre. 
Have any criminal convictions including ones which have been removed from records or have received official police cautions.
Have, in the last 5 years, visited or lived outside your country of residence for more than 3 consecutive months. 
Have had tuberculosis or been in close contact to tuberculosis or have other serious medical issues, such as diabetes, schizophrenia or conditions requiring regular medication.

If any of the ‘Eligibility Requirements’ in the ‘Eligibility Requirements/You must’ section are not met, then unfortunately you are not eligible for the working holiday visa.

New Zealand Map

New Zealand has fast become one of the most desirable travel destinations for inspired travellers, both young and old. From the dazzling scenery that is evident throughout both of New Zealand’s impressive islands, to the heart pounding activities that this island nation has become so famous for over the past decades. From the northern most point to the southern most tip, New Zealand is just oozing beauty, character, and pure excitement.  

The Bay of Islands to the north of Auckland provides a tropical environment which would be at home on any southern pacific island, which is a stark contrast to the glacial peaks of the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, and the snow lovers paradise of Queenstown creating the heart of the South Island. New Zealand is as diverse as it comes, offering a whole host of activities whether you want to bask on a sun kissed beach, or churn up some powder in a winter wonderland. New Zealand quite simply has it all!

Quick Facts
New Zealand
Bordering Countries
New Zealand is an island nation, that does not have a border with any other countries
Capital City
Constitutional Monarchy, Parlimentary System
4 million
English and local Maori languages
New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
New Zealand
Main Exports
Dairy products, Meat, Wood and Wood products, Fish, Machinery
New Zealand's climate is complex and varies from warm subtropical in the far north to cool temperate climates in the far south, with severe alpine conditions in the mountainous areas
Time Zone
GMT +12
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Fun Facts
• The first sheep arrived in New Zealand with Captain James Cook in 1773, and sheep now outnumber people by approx. 13:1
• New Zealand is home to the world's only flightless parrot, the Kakapo, as well as the world's only alpine parrot, the Kea
• Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to climb Mount Everest in 1953, was a New Zealander

Travel Highlights
• Get your hiking boots on and complete the Tongariro National Park crossing. Some amazing sights and a feeling of real freedom
• Face your fear and take on some extreme sports in New Zealand's adventure and party capital, Queenstown
• Take on the glacier trek, or take a helicopter ride, to the top of the hugely impressive Franz Joseph Glacier
• Visit one of the countries most beatiful and peaceful areas, Milford Sound, and take in the amazing landscape
• Take the plunge and explore the underground cave systems at Waitomo on a Black Water Rafting trip

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Where is New Zealand?
New Zealand is an island nation located to the south east of Australia, approx. 2000km across the Tasman Sea, in the South Pacific Ocean. Being an island nation, New Zealand therefore does not share any geographical borders with any other nations, and is contained by some truly amazing coastline.

New Zealand is a long, narrow country consisting of two major islands, the North Island and the South Island, with many other smaller islands, such as Stewart Island, making up the rugged coastlines. New Zealand has an unbelievable diverse terrain, with amazing tropical beaches in the North, to stunning mountainous backdrops to the south. As you travel throughout this country, you will soon find that nowhere is the same, as the landscape chops and changes continuously in a striking fashion.  

Climate of New Zealand
New Zealand has a temperate climate, with moderate rainfall and many hours of sunshine. Seasonal weather in New Zealand means that there are many seasonal activities to suit all weathers, so no matter what time of year you embark on your Kiwi travels, you are sure to find activities to keep your adrenaline pumping and your eyes wide with awe.

While the far northern areas, north from Auckland, experience subtropical weather during the summer, and the inland alpine regions of the South Island can be subjected to temperatures below freezing during the winter months, much of the country that is located close to the coast, experience generally mild temperatures year round. The average temperature decreases as you travel south. The seasonal climate means that the summer periods of January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month. Summer temperatures usually range between 20ºC and 30ºC (70-90°F), and winter temperatures average between 10ºC and15ºC (50-60°F).

Language in New Zealand
There are two official languages in New Zealand, English and Maori. Up until 1987 English was the only official language of New Zealand, however due to the widespread support for the Maori language and culture, Maori was introduced as another official language.

In 2006 New Zealand was the first country in the world to declare sign language as an official language, with New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) joining English and Maori as an official language, and is now respected as the main language of the deaf community in New Zealand.

Maori Language (Te Reo Maori) -
Maori is a language that is confined to New Zealand is used nowhere else in the world, and despite being accepted as an official language, it is in a constant struggle against being lost, as English is becoming the lingua franca for all common commercial, schooling, and other activities in the country. It is only through recent appeals that the Maori language has gain widespread support, and you will soon find during a visit to New Zealand that the Maori communities are extremely proud of their culture and their language.

People of New Zealand
New Zealand’s friendly and down to earth people will be up there with one of the highlights of your trip to New Zealand, and something you will certainly treasure about your visit to this inviting island nation.

With a slightly crazy mixed history of Maori, European, Pacific Island and Asian cultures, New Zealand’s population has become a bit of a melting pot, however if you speak to any true New Zealanders, there are certain consistent features that make them unique. The population of New Zealand came around when the ancient Maori voyagers, who some 400 years before the likes of Christopher Columbus, travelled thousands of miles over the vast Pacific Ocean in small ocean going canoes and settled on this diverse land. These days, of the 4.4  million New Zealander’s (or Kiwis), approx. 69% are of European descent, 14.6% are indigenous Maori, 9.2% are Asian and 6.9% are Pacific Islanders.

Geographically, New Zealand’s population density is confined to small areas of the country with over three quarters of the population living on the North Island, with a staggering one third living in the Auckland area.

Travelling in New Zealand
Travelling around New Zealand is incredibly easy. As the country has an extremely well developed infrastructure with public transport available in the form of buses, trains, planes and taxis, getting from one dazzling destination to the next could not be easier.

Different people will have different ideas of fun or relaxing travel, so for those who like to do things at their own pace there is always the option of buying a car or camper van, driving round to your chosen destinations, and then selling it on to one of the travelling community at the end of your time in New Zealand. Alternatively, if you have specific destinations that you are keen to visit, you can make use of the internal flights, or the train service, taking you to central locations in big cities and towns.

Probably the most popular way for travellers to get around New Zealand is on one of the many bus services that travel round the country, stopping at all the local hotspots so you can take in the astonishing surroundings and take part in some of the most exhilarating activities available. These bus trips are a great way to make friends, and in most cases you will be dropped at reputable hostels and alternative accommodation, and certain trips will be arranged for you making your travels very hassle free.

New Zealand is quite simply jam-packed with things to do, with activities to suit any traveller’s needs. Many are keen to explore the country’s magnificent landscapes and coastlines, and take in some of the countries scenic wonders. Others may be on an adventure quest, and if so there is a long list of thrilling activities available to get your heart pumping, such as ski-diving, bungee jumping, black-water rafting and luging. Or if it is a relaxing holiday, you can put your feet up and enjoy the hot springs, gorgeous vineyards, and cultural delights.

Gap Year and Career Breaks in New Zealand
New Zealand is a land of alluring wonders, with options to whet all travel appetites, there is no wonder why New Zealand is up there with one of the most sought after travel destinations. Make your gap year or career break something that you will remember for the rest of your life and visit New Zealand and you will soon find that this small island nation can really pack a punch!   

When you chose travel on an incredible trip overseas, the costs incurred go towards setting up the trip, and giving you a great environment to live in for the duration of your time overseas. Your money goes on many benefits around your trip, to make sure you have the best experience possible.
Before you see a trip on our website, a lot of background work has gone on. We have met with local organisations, vetted in-country staff, conducted rigorous safety assessments and thoroughly evaluated the benefits of the placement, both for you and the organisation and community. Only then do you get to see the placement on our website and book or apply for your place, safe in the knowledge that it is well-structured and beneficial to your career development.
Help Choosing Your Trip
If you are not sure which placement or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively and can offer lots of advice on choosing the right placement for you. This makes the task of deciding to work in a foreign country much less intimidating, and far more exciting.
Pre-departure Advice
Once you have booked your placement, you will be assigned a dedicated Travel Advisor to offer essential pre-departure advice on vaccinations, visas, kit lists and more. They will also be on call to answer those important last minute questions like “how many pairs of socks do I need?” and “can I take my mobile phone with me?”
Help with Flights and Insurance
We do not include flights and travel insurance in our placement fee. This avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. It also gives you flexibility to plan any further travel before or after your placement. We do, however, offer lots of help on this through our leading flights and insurance partners, providing you with an easy booking facility and the best prices around.
Airport Transfer
Landing in a foreign country for the first time can be daunting. This is why we ensure we arrange an arrival transfer for you and give you all the relevant instructions so everything is very straight forward. 

Arrival Orientation
We will take you through a local orientation and placement induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, and it will also show you how to stay safe while working abroad. Our team also have lots of handy travel tips and advice if you are thinking of exploring the country in your spare time.

On arrival in New Zealand we will provide you with your accommodation in a central hostel, and provide you with accommodation for your activities.
In-Country Staff
Your safetyand enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you throughout your placement. Our staff members can be reached 24-hours a day and will check-in with you throughout your placement to ensure everything is running smoothly, and you are happy in your new working environment.
24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Recruitment of More Workers
In order to provide a reliable flow of workers on our trips overseas, we have to spend a chunk of money on recruiting people like you. It costs to maintain a website, an office, phone lines and a team of dedicated Travel Advisors to answer all your questions!
Landscape Flights Travellers

There are quite a few things to consider and to organise before you travel to your chosen destination to take part in your placement, trip or tour.

Flights and insurance are not included on your placement which means you will have to arrange them before you leave. But don't panic this can be simpler than you may think! To make life much easier for you, we offer a free, personal booking service through our chosen flights and insurance partner – STA Travel. They will guide you every step of the way. If you would like to talk with one of our STA Travel advisors to get a quote then either call them on +44 (0)333 321 3102 or email changingworlds@statravel.co.uk

In many cases your chosen destination country will have requirements with with regards to visas, which will depend on the purpose of your visit, and there will be recommended and required vaccinations to make sure you are protected against any possible health issues that you may face in specific areas. Changing Worlds is here to help and we are on hand to provide you with advice on visas and vaccinations.

Booking your flights is an essential part of your trip. That's why we have teamed-up with STA Travel. This means that once you have reserved your place on your chosen placement, trip or tour, you will have a dedicated booking agent on hand to talk through your plans.

Travelling after your project? Need a round-the-world ticket? Not a problem. Your booking agent will work with you to find the most suitable and flexible flights possible. And remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the better the price will be.
STA Travel is also one of the world’s largest flight providers specialising in adventure travel and can therefore offer some of the cheapest prices around. They have over 700 branches worldwide, which makes them easy to contact wherever you are in the world. They also hold an ATOL licence through the Civil Aviation Authority, meaning you can book in confidence, secure in the knowledge that your flights are fully protected.
Note: If you choose to book your tickets through another flight provider, you must ensure that they hold a full ATOL licence.
Why are flights not included?
By not including flights in our placements, trips and tours, it avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. This keeps the cost of your trip lower and also means you have the freedom to search around for the lowest fares and most flexible tickets that fit your travel plans. It also means you can benefit from the expertise of our preferred partner – STA Travel.
We take the safety of our travellers very seriously. You must therefore book adequate travel insurance before you come away with us – you simply won’t be able to participate in your placement, trip or tour if you don’t. Although policies vary, your insurance must include emergency medical expenses, personal accident cover, and repatriation. We also recommend that you book baggage, personal liability and cancellation cover.
To help you navigate through this confusing world of insurance, we have partnered with STA Travel to offer you a specialist insurance service. Your personal advisor will find out exactly what you’re planning to do, from scuba diving to jumping out of planes, and tailor a policy specific to your requirements. In addition to this personal service, some of the other benefits of booking with STA Travel are as follows:
• Access to a network of over 700 branches in over 40 countries worldwide
• Advice and assistance over the phone from a travel help facility, available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year
• Access to a 24-hour multilingual emergency telephone number for medical help, hospital treatment and/or repatriation
• A choice of 3 levels of cover to suit your needs – budget, standard and premier
• A range of durations, from 4 days up to a maximum of 24 months
• A simple extension service that gives you the flexibility to extend your 4-week volunteer project while in-country (up to 24 months!)
• Cover for over 100 adventure sports and adrenalin activities, including black water rafting, bungee jumping, elephant trekking, heli-skiing, kite surfing, scuba diving, shark cage diving and sky diving
• Peace of mind – STA Travel is an Appointed Representative of Towergate Underwriting Group Limited and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.
Note: You must provide us with details of your travel insurance before you leave as you will not be permitted to participate on your placement, trip or tour if you do not have adequate cover. It is also advisable to book your cover as early as possible to make sure you are insured for cancellation of your trip due to illness, serious accident or any other insurable reason.
Why is insurance not included?
Each of our volunteer’s plans are different, and while STA Travel can provide adequate cover for the vast majority of our travellers, there may be some activities or destinations that cannot be covered by STA Travel. It is therefore important to give you the freedom to choose the insurance that covers your plans and that you feel comfortable with. It also saves us from having to pass on extra admin costs to you.

Different destination countries have different visa requirements depending on things such as your length of stay and your reasons for entering the country, and whether you will be gaining paid work during your time in the country. Changing Worlds will supply you with any advice you need with regards to the visas you require for your chosen destination, and we will make information available to you to assist with your application.

It is important that you check your visa requirements well in advance of your travel date, as with many tourist and working holiday visas you will need to submit an application to the relevant consulate, embassy or high commission before your travel date. In some cases entry to your destination country will be granted at immigration on arrival without having to apply for a visa before the departure date for your travels.

With all visa applications it is important that you have sufficient space available in your passport for the relevant visas required for your travels, and that your passport is valid for at least six months after your planned date of return.
Speak To Us
If you have any questions or would like some more information, simply contact one of our friendly Travel Advisors. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email and they will be able to answer any questions you might have.

Book Your Place
Once you have decided to travel with us, you can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will then be able to pay the rest of your placement fee in easy-to-manage instalments.

Welcome Pack
Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a welcome email confirming your booking. This will contain your personal login details for your Travel Centre – an online account full of useful information about your destination, you chosen project and all the things you need to do before you depart.

Personal Information
We will ask you to provide some key information to help us create the best overseas experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any previous language lessons you have done, and what you’re hoping to get out of your time abroad. We may also ask you to complete a police background check.

Flights and Insurance
You will need to book your flights and travel insurance before you leave, and then provide us with these details. We do not include flights and insurance in the project fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners will help you find the best options around.

Next you will need to get your visa for your trip. British citizens do not require visas unless they are planning to work before or after the course, in which case a Working Holiday Visa will be required. We will also provide you with lots of information to make obtaining your visa very straightforward.
Final Payment
We will ask you for your final payment 90 days before your scheduled departure date. Once paid, you will be ready to pack your bags, grab your passport and get on the plane! 

Fab way to start my week, our guide was awesome and gave us so many tips. Met an amazing group of people and the team in the office really help you sort your time out after you've finished the first week. Would really recommend to solo travellers.

Emma Lowton

On arrival, I felt as unprepared as can be, knowing no one, having no plans nor ideas of how to get along in New Zealand really. The in-country team did it all for me. Organise my trip. Booking it. Coming from experienced backpackers you know what's going on and getting to know awesome people from all around the world and maybe even some mates to travel with.

Sean Neitzel

Had the best time travelling around New Zealand. The team made it possible and can sort everything out for you with no problem. I would highly recommend them and will definitely be using them for my next adventure.

Annie Frances Pritchard
1. What is the minimum age restriction?
You will need to obtain a Working Holiday Visa to take part in this trip. One of the requirements for the WHV is that travellers are 18-30 years old. Therefore you will need to be at least 18 years old to take part in this trip.

You can also do this trip  as a stand alone 7 day adventure if you do not want the job support as part of this.

2) What type of jobs can I find and how much can I earn?
As part of your trip fee we will sign you up to a 12 month member to the best backpacker job service in New Zealand, Travellers At Work. The jobs database advertises of jobs at a time, so there are some amazing opportunities out there for you! You can expect job listings in the following areas:

Bar Staff/Hospitality
Call Centre/Telemarketing
Farm/Ranch Worker
Hairdressing/Beauty Therapy
Manual Labour
Retail/Customer Service
Teaching/Sports Coaching

The type of jobs you receive offers for will depend on your relevant experience and your CV. Wages/Earnings will vary depending on the job you find. Average wages in New Zealand are approx. £10-£15 per hour. 

3) Will I pay tax?
When you arrive in New Zealand we will set you up with a Tax File Number so that you will pay tax on your earnings. However, as you are working on a Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand, when you return home or leave New Zealand, you will be able to claim your tax rebate and superannuation refund on your earnings during your time down under. This can equate to up to £1500 depending on how much you have working New Zealand. 

4) Do I have to stay for 12 months?
No, you do not have to stay for the full 12 months. We offer job support, and other awesome benefits for 12 months if you plan to stay this long, but if you want to stay in New Zealand for less time than this is not a problem. If you want to stay for longer than 12 months then there are ways of extending your visa. The most common way is gaining employment that qualifies you for a visa extension. In order to gain a visa extension for 24 months you will need a minimum of 3 months experience working on a ranch or farm. 

5) Are meals included in this trip?
Some meals are included during your intro week in New Zealand. 

6) What accommodation is provided?
You will be based at a youth hostel in Auckland with your fellow travel companions in the first week, and thereafter you will be travelling New Zealand, and living wherever your new job takes you. There will be a one night stay at our country lodge as well. 

7) Do I have to stay in Auckland and where can I stay after my intro week?
You will stay at accommodation organised and provided by our in-country team during the first week, and this will be primarily located at a hostel in Auckland, with 3 nights at our country lodge. After this you will be working and living in New Zealand for anytime up to a year, and your accommodation will be youth hostels near your job. 

8) What Activities take place throughout the day?
During your 7 day intro in New Zealand you will take part in a range of activities, including: trip to Coromandel, swim in Thermal Beach Pools at Hot Water Beach, a visit to Cathedral Cove and Kauri Cove, help protect endangered Kiwi Bird, visit New Chums Beach, Comprehensive Info Session, finishing with an epic bar crawl in Auckland. For full details take a look at the daily itinerary on the Extra Info tab. 

9) What experience do I need?
You do not need any experience to take part in this, however your job search will need to be relevant to your work experience. 

10) What support will I receive in country?
You will receive an amazing range of support services whilst you are in New Zealand, including assistance with your CV, to make it top notch, job search support, so you are applying for the right jobs, help with setting up your Kiwi bank account, help with arranging your Tax File Number, assistance setting up your Medicare, a Postal Forwarding service so you have a contact address for family, friends and tax purposes, and you will have access to our 24 hours emergency service based in the UK!

11) When can I arrive in country?
Arrivals into Auckland should be on start date, which is a Sunday, in order to start your adventure first thing on the Monday. If you require additional nights before the Sunday night, then an extra charge will be applied, approximately GBP£30 per night in your hostel. We will arrange your airport transfer on arrival, and will email your transfer voucher before you set off on your working holiday adventure!

12) Is transport included?
Your arrival transfer from Auckland Airport is included, and our in-country team will provide you with transport to and from our various provided excursions, however independent travel around New Zealand during your first week, and around New Zealand during your working holiday is not included. 

13) Will I need a Visa?
Yes, you will need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa before you set off on your trip. When you book your trip, our flights desk will give you a call to help you arrange all aspects of your trip, including your flights, insurance and your Working Holiday Visa. For more info about Working Holiday Visa requirements and eligibility, please take a look here: Working Holiday Visas.

14) Will I need vaccinations?
You do not need any specific vaccinations for a trip to New Zealand, however you will need to contact your local Travel Nurse or GP to discuss your personal vaccination history. Please also consider that you may require specific vaccinations if you are travelling to other countries before or after your trip to New Zealand.

15) What is the climate like in New Zealand?
As with all countries in the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand’s seasons are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere, with December to February being the height of summer, March to May is Autumn, June to August is Winter, and September to November is Spring. The north of New Zealand is subtropical and the south temperate. The warmest months are December, January and February, and the coldest June, July and August. In Summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20 - 30? and in winter between 10 - 15?.
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    Mark Fulton , Business & Law, Ghana
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  • "The whole experience was fantastic from the staff at the rescue centre, to Andy and his family. Thank you for looking after me so well."
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  • Fab way to start my week, our guide was awesome and gave us so many tips. Met an amazing group of people and the team in the office really help you sort your time out after you've finished the first week. Would really recommend to solo travellers.
    Emma Lowton , Adventure, New Zealand
  • On arrival, I felt as unprepared as can be, knowing no one, having no plans nor ideas of how to get along in New Zealand really. The in-country team did it all for me. Organise my trip. Booking it. Coming from experienced backpackers you know what's going on and getting to know awesome people from all around the world and maybe even some mates to travel with.
    Sean Neitzel , Adventure, New Zealand
  • Had the best time travelling around New Zealand. The team made it possible and can sort everything out for you with no problem. I would highly recommend them and will definitely be using them for my next adventure.
    Annie Frances Pritchard , Adventure, New Zealand
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    Charlie Blaken , Teaching, Costa Rica
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    Danny McVey , Teaching, Costa Rica
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  • This has been by far the most rewarding holiday I have been on. I'll be the first to admit that the idea of an educational holiday didn't at first appeal to me, but the improvements I made in the four weeks I spent out there means that my confidence in my Spanish has improved immensely.
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