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New Zealand + 7 Day Welcome Week

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Price $1525 Up to 24 Months
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New Zealand + 7 Day Welcome Week

$1525 per person

It turns out the fantasy world of hobbits, dragons, dwarves, and wizards exists in a very real place! New Zealand’s vast landscapes are popular with film crews for a reason. If you were blown away by those stunning mountains, enchanted forests, turquoise lakes, rolling hills, and tranquil rivers on screen, this is your chance to experience the magic in person!

New Zealand is the birthplace of bungee jumping, jet boats, and ski planes, with endless opportunities for white water rafting, skydiving, and trekking. The full Kiwi experience involves an adrenaline rush or two – are you ready?

With a population of 4.5 million people (and over 30 million sheep), in a landmass equivalent to that of the UK, most of the time you can see the beauty of New Zealand without the hordes of tourists. But New Zealand is not just geared for outdoorsy types – lively cities like Auckland, New Zealand’s capital, have enough pubs, museums, and shops to keep you busy!

Bilbo Baggin’s called – it’s time to go to New Zealand!

Up to 24 Months
16+ Age
  • Departure
    Please arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
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Day 1: Welcome to Auckland
Kia ora! Today is your official arrival day. You will be transferred from Auckland International airport directly to your arrival accommodation. Use this day to unwind after your long journey, catch up on sleep and also connect with other working holiday makers starting their New Zealand adventure this week. Use our WhatsApp group to arrange to meet others to explore Auckland and grab some food and drinks.   Want to arrive a few days earlier to get over your jet lag or explore on your own? Get in touch if you want to book any extra nights. We’d be happy to arrange it for you!
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Day 2: Walking Tour + Drinks in the Viaduct
You’ll be meeting the BUNAC team at 10am at the hostel. During this time, we’ll check that you’ve got everything you need to get the essentials sorted today. During our Auckland city walking tour, our local team will show you around the city and what it has to offer. The best places for coffee, amazing places to eat, what bars you need to visit and what sights are must-see will all be covered off to get you living like a local in no time! During your walking tour we'll also visit the bank to get you set up with your local NZ account, get your local SIM card sorted, and cover what you need in order to get your IRD tax number.   You'll have a free afternoon and evening to explore some more of Auckland with your group.
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Day 3: Work and Travel Workshop
Today is all about providing you with what you need to know about working and travelling in New Zealand. You'll attend our job workshop where we will get your CV Kiwi employer ready, run over what type of work is available, and start to assist you in finding employment - that's if you are ready to start looking straight away. Our team will host a New Zealand travel session to help you get started with your travel plans! We have recommendations for the North and South Island, and will let you know when the best times are to visit each place.   We'll finish up the day by taking a ferry over to Devonport: a relaxed bay side village in Auckland with lots of explore. We'll head for dinner at a local restaurant with the group.
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Day 4: Drop-in Session with our NZ Travel Team
After your free evening last night, enjoy a lazy morning. We suggest grabbing breakfast and coffee at Commercial Bay and taking a walk down to Wynyard Quarter to take in the sights before getting ready for an informative day on all things working and travelling in New Zealand. Today is all about finalizing your New Zealand plans. Attend a drop-in session with the Work New Zealand team who will be on hand to provide any additional assistance or guidance that you need.
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Day 5: Roadtrip to Paihia
Departing Auckland, first stop is Whangarei Falls on our way North, arriving in the Bay of Islands around midday. Check out the sights surrounding Paihia, including New Zealand's most historic location Waitangi - the "Birthplace of the Nation". Northland is rich in history and Maori culture and with its crystal-clear water, huge kauri forests and plentiful islands to explore.
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Day 6: Free Day in Paihia
Departing Auckland, first stop is Whangarei Falls on our way North, arriving in the Bay of Islands around midday. Check out the sights surrounding Paihia, including New Zealand's most historic location Waitangi - the "Birthplace of the Nation". Northland is rich in history and Maori culture and with its crystal-clear water, huge kauri forests and plentiful islands to explore.
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Day 7: Chasing Waterfalls in Kerikeri
The last day of the tour - time to finish on a high! After breakfast we will head a little further north to Kerikeri - Northlands largest town and home to some of the most amazing hikes and waterfalls. After a morning full of hiking and chasing waterfalls, we will head to the "Old Packhouse" Farmer's market for lunch, famous for its fresh produce and amazing coffee, before heading back to Auckland. The 7th night of accommodation is not provided as part of your package. If you would like to add on another night of accommodation, let the SWAP team know and they'll sort this out for you!
New Zealand + 7-Day Welcome Week
Thinking about taking the leap?
International travel is not without rules. Check these conditions to see if you qualify.
Age: You need to be 18-35 years old (you must apply after your 18th birthday and be issued your visa prior to your 36th birthday)

Nationality: These adventures are open to Canadians only.

Required Savings: You must have the amount of $4,200 NZD saved in your account as of the day you submit your application. These are called support funds and are a requirement of the New Zealand government.

Criminal Check: Must have no criminal record.

Health Insurance: Health insurance is required for the duration of your stay.

Registration Timeline: You should be able to travel approximately 8 weeks after you start the application process with us. Do not make travel or accommodation arrangements until your program coordinator lets you know that everything is good to go.

Duration: You can stay in New Zealand for up to 23 months. This visa allows for multiple entries into the country.

Start Date: You can start any time of the year!
What's Included?
    • Expert guidance and SWAP support to have your New Zealand visa approved
    • Your GO SWAP Kit, which features helpful visa information and pre-departure tips
    • 23-month New Zealand working holiday visa
    • Pre-departure online orientation with our New Zealand team
    • Access to WhatsApp group with travellers arriving to New Zealand in the same month
    • Airport transfer to your hostel in Auckland
    • 4 nights’ hostel accommodation in Auckland + 2 nights accommodation during road trip
    • Arrival orientation with our local staff: learn vital information on red-tape issues, how to find work and accommodation, and what to expect while living and travelling in New Zealand + receive our Work in New Zealand handbook
    • Fast-track service to obtain a tax number and open a NZ bank account
    • Detailed job-hunting and travel planning workshop
    • After-hours emergency line
    • Mail-drop and mail-forwarding services in Auckland
    • Tours: Auckland city walking tour, Rangitoto Island day trip (ferry ticket)
    • Experiences: 3-day 2-night Bay of Islands road trip
    • Organized social events
    • Long-term accommodation support
    • Luggage storage
    • Ongoing guidance and support services in Auckland for the full duration of your stay
    • Optional add-ons: Hole in the Rock cruise, sea kayaking, scuba diving, parasailing, and fishing
Upcoming 2022/23 Welcome Tour Start Dates
2022: Nov 28, Dec 12 2023: Jan 9 & 22, Feb 12 & 26, Mar 12 & 26, Apr 16, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug 6 & 20, Sept 3 & 17, Oct 8 & 29
Working and living in New Zealand with SWAP is easy!  Feel free to contact us with any questions you have as you get ready to take the first step.
Step 1: Make sure you’re eligible to apply.

Step 2: When you're ready to move forward, sign up here.

Step 3: SWAP confirms your registration and welcomes you to the program, sending you instructions on how to book the tour, apply for the visa, and what you need to prepare for your trip.

Step 4: You send your tour booking form and visa application back to us and we help to secure your visa and confirm your start date.

Step 5: Once everything is confirmed, we send your visa and pre-departure materials to you.

Step 6: You arrive in Auckland, go to the hostel, and get ready for Day 1 of your arrival itinerary.

Step 7: Start the most exciting year of your life in stunning New Zealand!   *Don’t forget to budget for your flight, health insurance, and your required savings!
Upcoming 2022/23 Welcome Tour Start Dates
2022: Nov 28, Dec 12
2023: Jan 9 & 22, Feb 12 & 26, Mar 12 & 26, Apr 16, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug 6 & 20, Sept 3 & 17, Oct 8 & 29
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