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Live, Work & Travel in New Zealand


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Unpaid Positions & Adventure

Skyway Lodge - Near Auckland Airport, Skyway Lodge will exchange a shared room for three hours’ work a day.

Stables Lodge - Along with a place to stay in Napier, horse treks and seasonal fresh fruit are among the perks offered to their volunteer workers. In return volunteers are expected to keep the hostel super clean or staff reception for three hours a day.

Sunflower Lodge - Looks for happy travellers to work for their accommodation to help keep their New Plymouth hostel clean for two and a half hours a day, six days a week. Hours are two and a half per day, six days per week. Work in reception is sometimes available too.

Sunseeker Lodge - Friendly, reliable people who would like to help with cleaning, gardening, general maintenance and reception work in Whangaroa can exchange their labours for accommodation and kayaks.

Surf ‘N’ Snow Backpackers - This Auckland hostel invites backpackers on a tight budget interested in a work exchange to contact them. For those with a working holiday visa they offer working holiday packages that include accommodation and assistance in obtaining an IRD number and opening a bank account.

Tatahi Lodge - You must be able to stay at least three or four weeks to work for your stay in Hahei Beach.

TripInn Hostel - Will divvy up free accommodation in Westport, along with use of the hostel bikes to one or two people able to keep the place clean for a couple of hours each morning. A one week minimum stay is required.

Vagabond Backpackers - Accommodation for a month in Christchurch is provided to travellers willing to clean or join the reception team.

WWOOF New Zealand - WWOOF allows volunteers to stay on organic farms, exchanging labour for a bed for the night.

YHA Volunteer Programme - In exchange for a couple of hours of voluntary service you can receive one free night in a dorm room in one of the YHA’s participating hostels. The work could be cleaning common areas in the hostel, weeding the garden or anything in between. A dozen or so YHA hostels across New Zealand take part in the scheme.

Living in New Zealand

Real Estate and Resources for Staying Long Term

Auckland Gumtree - Classified ads for Auckland and other kiwi cities, including jobs and accommodation.

Bayleys - New Zealand estate agents also covering Fiji and the Pacific.

ENZ - A guide to living and working in New Zealand.

Immigration New Zealand - Work visa information.

North Shore Immigration Service - Immigation consultants. - Property portal for New Zealand.

Travelling in New Zealand

Accommodation & Getting Around

AA New Zealand Travel Guides - Travel planning guides providing worldwide accommodation options, activities, attractions, transport and the latest events.

A J Hackett Bungy - Bungy jumping in New Zealand from the guys that initiated the madness.

Apollo Motorhome Holidays - Specialise in campervan and motorhome hire in Australia and New Zealand including the "Cheapa Campa", aimed at the budget-minded traveller.

Auckland Tourism - Official tourist site for Auckland.

Escape Campervan Hire - See New Zealand in style in these brand new individually painted camper vans.

Flying Kiwi Adventure Travel - New Zealand adventure travel operators Flying Kiwi offer deals for any budget including adventure, bus, bicycle and wilderness tours. Circumnavigate NZ with this green tour operator’s Flexibility Travel Pass.

Fossick - A travel guide dedicated to busy women traveling locally in NZ, Australia and the South Pacific. Packed with reviews and recommendations from other local women.

Getabout - Campervan rental. The road signs are in English, the roads are long and empty, the countryside is beautiful and they drive on the proper side of the road. Who wouldn't want to drive around New Zealand?

Great New Zealand - A New Zealand vacation planning resource. Hundreds of searchable listings for accommodation, activities, tourist attractions, tours, transport, travel agents, tourism guides, maps and more.

Intercity Coachlines - New Zealand bus travel discounts and travel passes for backpackers.

KEA Campers Australia and New Zealand - Campervans, motorhomes and 4WD's to explore Australia and New Zealand at your own pace, experienced multilingual staff and an extensive network of rental depots.

Kiwi Experience - Backpacker bus service.

Kiwistyle Travel - Offering backpacker tours, luxury travel and New Zealand travel options.

Newmans Coach Lines New Zealand - Newmans provide deluxe coach travel services linking all major cities and tourist destinations throughout New Zealand plus day excursions and sightseeing for independent travellers.

New Zealand - Official NZ tourism site. - Motor home rentals.

New Zealand Travelpass - Money saving travel passes for backpackers and independent travellers of all ages offering flexible bus travel around New Zealand, inter island ferry, rail, air travel and accommodation add-ons.

Off the Rails Cycle Tours - A unique New Zealand cycling experience on the Otago Central Rail Trail. Depart from Queenstown or Clyde.

Queenstown Adventure Group New Zealand - Offers adventure 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Information about bungy jumping, jet boating, white water rafting, tandem skydiving and thrilling helicopter flights.

Transfercar - Get your hands around the wheel of a free car or campervan by taking vehicles from where they are to where rental companies want them to be.

Walkabout Motorhome & Campervan Rentals NZ - Luxury or budget campervans and motorhomes.

YHA New Zealand - Budget accommodation and travel packages.

Other Useful New Zealand Websites

Culture, News...

CCEL Auckland - An Auckland based English language school offering courses to study and learn English as a Second language for general communication, business or academic purposes.

New Zealand Herald - Newspaper.