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New Zealand Gap Year Destination Guide

WellingtonImagine a country roughly the size of Britain but with a population of only 3.8 million. Imagine a country where dramatic extremes like glaciers and sun-drenched beaches, soaring mountains and rolling fields are the norm. This is New Zealand.

Gap Year Working in New Zealand

New Zealand is primarily known as a place where you go to do stuff. Whether it’s skiing, snowboarding, bungee, skydiving or white water rafting, New Zealand is the place to do it. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you know what weather you are letting yourself in for and if you are planning on doing seasonal work, make sure you have picked the right season!

Every year the NZ government allow grants thousands of Working Holiday Visas and the visa quotas are renewed on the 1st September. So, get your application in for them as if your application is received after the available places have been filled it will be returned to you.

If you want to find out more about jobs in New Zealand and the type of work available on a gap year then visit our dedicated gap year jobs in New Zealand section.


Companies that can help you find gap work in New Zealand



From bungee jumping off the Auckland Bridge to skydiving over Queenstown, New Zealand is the adventure capital of the world. Work and travel for up to 12 months, intern for 1-6 months or volunteer for 1 week in New Zealand with BUNAC the travel experts.

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EA Ski & Snowboard

EA Ski & Snowboard

With 29 world class resorts to choose from EA Ski & Snowboard Training are offering you the chance to join our paid ski or snowboard instructor internships where you will receive a guaranteed job offer, full training & certifications. If you’ve been thinking about a gap year in the mountains, a career break, or struggling to get into the ski industry, we have a program to suit you. Click ‘visit our website’ to see if you qualify to become an instructor and learn more about how you can get paid to ski this winter.

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WE ARE SNO paid ski or snowboard instructor courses in Canada, Japan or Europe


Join a paid ski or snowboard instructor course in Canada, Japan or Europe with WE ARE SNO and have the gap year of a lifetime! Our all-inclusive instructor internships will see you get qualified and paid employment in some of the world's best resorts. Check if you are eligible for a course now.

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Useful Advice and Information on Travelling to New Zealand

We have put together general information about taking a gap year to New Zealand to ensure that you can make the most of a working holiday there. Information includes:

ChristchurchCity Guides to New Zealand

Read our city guides to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to find out information about these places, facts, cool places to hangout as well as accommodation information and emergency contact details.

AccommodationAccommodation in New Zealand

New Zealand has variety when it comes to hostels and different accommodation available for gap year travellers.

New Zealand RoadGetting Around New Zealand

Make sure that you read our getting around guide to New Zealand so that you know the best way to explore this amazing country. Get information on the trains, coaches and how to drive yourself around New Zealand.

FlightsFlights to New Zealand

Find the best tickets for flying to New Zealand with our flights guide.

Kaikoura RangesThings To Do in New Zealand

We have come up with some suggestions on the must-see things to do when in New Zealand. Read our guide and make sure that you don't miss some of the best attractions and adventures that New Zealand has to offer.

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Paid instructor internships this winter with EA Ski