17 Day New Zealand Intro

    Ready to escape the mundane and embark on the adventure of a lifetime? Let’s turn your travel dream into a reality.

    17 Day New Zealand Intro is THE comprehensive work and travel package and the ultimate way to get started, including exclusive access to our own New Zealand Jobs Program.

    Ready to escape the mundane and embark on the adventure of a lifetime? Leaving home to work and travel is the perfect opportunity to break out of your routine, challenge yourself, make new friends and explore another corner of the world like a local. And New Zealand is the place to come!!

    New Zealand is a magical land of wilderness and wonder, and our 17 day NZ Intro group tour and work and travel package showcase the best of both islands. Over 17 days we’ll show you the city of Auckland, Hobbiton film set and traditional Maori culture, thermal hot springs, underground caves and so much more – all with an awesome group leader and a new crew of friends. There’s no better way to kick off your adventure in New Zealand!

    Your included airport transfer will take you to our hostel where you’ll start 16 nights in the heart of NZ’s most vibrant cities.

    Come explore the bottom of the world with us!

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      Day 1: Arrive and Meet your Group

      Kia ora! Landing in Auckland, we’ll meet you at the airport and take you to our hostel to settle in and refresh. Tonight you’ll meet up with the rest of your travel crew and get excited for all the adventures yet to come in New Zealand.

      Day 2: City Orientation & Work Essentials Set Up

      Today we’ll get oriented with the stunning harbour city of Auckland, and help get your work and local essentials set up. This evening we’ll have the chance to see what this city is all about after dark! (B)

      Day 3: Glowworm Caves & Hobbiton

      Leaving Auckland, we’re off to discover the best of the beautiful North Island. Our first stop is Waitomo, home to the world-famous glowworm caves. We’ll explore this surreal, subterranean landscape by boat, watching in awe as glow worms light up the darkness in front of our eyes. Next we’re heading to Hobbiton, the real-life movie set featured in The Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit trilogies. After strolling through the enchanting village on a guided tour, we’ll enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn before departing for Rotorua.  (B)

      Day 4: Explore Rotorua

      Waking to the scent of sulphur, you’ll definitely know we’re in Rotorua today! First on the agenda is Kerosene Creek, a naturally heated hot spring where we can laze away the morning. Next we’re off to explore the geothermal area of Wai-O-Tapu, then the afternoon is free for you to try zorbing, race your friends on the skyline luge, or perhaps do something with a bit more of an adrenaline rush.

      Day 5: Thermal Pools & Maori Culture

      This morning we’re off to see more of New Zealand’s incredible volcanic landscapes – checking out hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and natural ‘foot spas’. This evening is a special opportunity for us to journey back to a time of powerful warriors and ancient traditions as we help prepare a feast and witness inspiring performances at an authentic Maori village. (D)

      Day 6: Taupo & Sunset Sail

      Get your cameras out as we head to Taupo, a lakefront town right in the heart of the North. Tonight we’ve got something special lined up – a sunset sail across the lake. The majestic scenery will wow us, and the sunset will add a touch of magic. NZ, you’re breathtakingly beautiful. (D)

      Day 7: Waterfalls & Hot Springs

      This morning we’ll check out the epic Huka Falls, a spine-tingling torrent of icy water thundering down from the Waikato River. After witnessing this feat of nature, we’ll slow things back down again, soaking our bodies and souls in mineral-rich natural hot pools. (B)

      Day 8: Chill Out In Auckland

      Today we’ll head back to where it all started in Auckland! Spend the afternoon relaxing, checking out the sights, and getting ready for the trip down south tomorrow. (B)

      Day 9: Fly to Queenstown

      Catch a short flight to Queenstown and we’ll meet you at the airport and take you to our hostel in the city. We’ll head out for dinner tonight and get excited for our new adventure in the South Island! (B, D)

      Day 10: Queenstown & Jet Boating

      Today we’ll get all your local essentials set up before showing you around Queenstown, a backpacker hub that’s known as the adventure capital of New Zealand. The good news is that our first jolt of adrenaline isn’t far off, as this afternoon we’ll be zipping through Skippers Canyon on a jet boat going over 80 km/h. Tonight we’ll top off our first day of exploring by seeing what Queenstown has to offer after dark! (B)

      Day 11: Milford Sound Cruise

      Leaving Queenstown, today we’re heading to the majestic Milford Sound. We’ll hop on a boat to cruise around the fjord, feeling tiny amongst sheer cliff faces, ancient forests, and plunging waterfalls. We might even spot some fur seals lazing about! This evening we’ll get cosy in Te Anau, a charming town in the heart of Fiordland. (B, L)

      Day 12: Travel to Wanaka

      Driving through awe-inspiring landscapes that will have our jaws on the floor, we’ll stop at some notable Lord of the Rings filming locations nestled in the mountains. After soaking up the Tolkien-esque vistas and taking thousands of photos we’ll arrive in Wanaka, a dreamy resort town on sapphire lakeside shores.

      Day 13: Discover Wanaka

      Waking to the views of snow-capped peaks, today we’ll enjoy all that Wanaka has to offer. First up: a visit to the insta-famous ‘Wanaka Tree’, followed by a hike up Mt Iron that will reward our efforts with incredible views of Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea, and Mt Aspiring National Park. This is the great outdoors at its finest. (B)

      Day 14: Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

      Waving goodbye to Wanaka, we’ll enjoy a scenic drive through the southern alps towards Tekapo. Known for its milky turquoise hue, Lake Tekapo is an alpine oasis – so have your phone charged and camera ready! This afternoon we’ll strap on our comfy shoes and stretch our limbs hiking the iconic Hooker Valley track. One of the most well-known walks in the South Island, this walk winds us through the valley to grant unforgettable views of Aoraki/Mt Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand. (B)

      Day 15: Lake Tekapo

      Today we’ll have ample time to explore Lake Tekapo and its surrounds. Opt for another hike, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, or find a classic Kiwi meat pie to munch on. This evening we’ll have the exclusive chance to learn about the convergence of Maori mythology and modern science whilst relaxing our bodies at Tekapo Springs. Within an official dark sky reserve, this is one of the world’s best places for star-gazing, and watching the skies whilst soaking in 37.5 degree naturally-heated pools is the best way to do it, we think.

      Day 16: Work & Onward Travel Planning

      After travelling back to buzzing Queenstown, securing you a paid job in New Zealand is number one on the agenda for today. Our team will help make sure you’ve got everything sorted for living and working in NZ, and get you signed up to our NZ Jobs program. Tonight we’ll get together for our farewell dinner! (D)

      Day 17: Check Out

      This morning your unforgettable 17 day adventure comes to an end. Check out and journey home, stay in Queenstown, or continue the next leg of your travels with the new friends you’ve made! Whatever your plans, we’ll be there to help every step of the way. (B)

      Booking Info
      • Explore the world-famous Waitomo glowworm caves by boat
      • Tour the real Hobbiton film set and locations featured in The Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit trilogies
      • Experience New Zealand’s incredible volcanic landscapes and thundering waterfalls
      • Experience authentic Maori culture with a traditional feast and performance
      • Sail across Lake Taupo at sunset
      • Jet boat through canyons and cruise the breathtaking Milford Sound fiord
      • Hike Mount Iron and in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
      • Gaze at the magical dark sky reserve while soaking in natural thermal pools
      • Everything you need to live and work in NZ and unlimited assistance securing a job
      • Travel insurance is compulsory for this trip
      • Once you’ve booked you’ll get access to ‘Manage Your Booking’ and the Travel App, which will give you all the information you’ll need on New Zealand and New Zealand Adventure,
      When should I arrive in New Zealand?

      It’s best to arrive on the actual start date as there’s no activities on day one, so you’ll have plenty of time to check in, relax and meet your group. If you do arrive in Auckland before your start date, we will still pick you up from the airport and will book you into the hostel from the day you arrive. You’ll just need to pay approx. $30 NZD for any extra nights when you check in.

      What to do after these 17 days?

      During NZ Intro you’ll get lots of help with finding work, accommodation and your onward travel. We’ll make sure you’re comfortable with what you’re doing, where you’re going and help you with everything you’ll need to have the trip of a lifetime with the new friends you’ve made.

      How will I find work in New Zealand?

      Working abroad should be a fun, rewarding experience. But finding a job in a new country can be difficult. By doing NZ Intro you don’t need to worry. We’ll give you everything you need to find work in New Zealand.

      We’ll sort all the important things you’ll need before you start working in New Zealand. We’ll have your NZ Bank Account open with your card and pin ready for when you arrive, along with your NZ SIM card and IRD Number.

      Certain jobs such as bar work and construction require you to complete specific training. We’ll explain what’s needed and can book you into all the necessary training courses after NZ Intro.

      Your group leader will give you a comprehensive ‘Work in NZ’ presentation, as well as one-on-one advice and support on CV Building, Job Finding, Interview Skills and anything else you’ll need to secure a great job in New Zealand.

      By doing NZ Intro you’ll get unlimited help & support to find a job in NZ. Not just during NZ Intro but for the entire time you’re in NZ. You’ll also receive a lifetime membership to our NZ Jobs Program, which includes unlimited access to our network of employers all over NZ through our INTRO Jobs App, where we post lots of great jobs!

      What Visa do I need for New Zealand?

      You need a visa to enter New Zealand. Most people who do NZ Intro are on a Working Holiday Visa. A WHV is usually available to those aged 18 30 and valid for 12 or 23 months. We can organise your visa before you go.

      Do many people travel alone?

      Yes. Lots of people on our trips are traveling solo. But by doing our trip you’ll instantly be part of a group, so it’s a great way to meet others and make friends!

      When is the best time to visit New Zealand?

      The country’s rugged beauty and varied landscapes means it’s always a good time to go backpacking in New Zealand! The summer months (December to March) bring long, sunny days perfect for spending outdoors, the winter months (June to September) bring snow to the South Island and parts of the North, and the shoulder seasons bring milder weather and fewer visitors.

      What luggage do you recommend?

      We always recommend travelling with a backpack and packing light! 15-20kgs of stuff should be plenty.


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