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USIT’S JOB SUPPORT

Your working holiday ride or die – we do more of the work, so you enjoy more of the holiday

NEW ZEALAND TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS LIFTED

USIT’s New Zealand working holiday visa program is now open! With New Zealand Covid 19 restrictions lifting in March 2022, don’t get left behind in the rush for visas and a job. Our New Zealand working holiday packages connect you with employers who have positions to fill straightaway – with job support not just when you land, but for the whole 12 months of your visa.

TYPES OF JOBS YOU CAN DO

Your visa gives you the freedom to work anywhere in the country and in most sectors. New Zealand’s backpacker-friendly culture mean that employers are used to taking on travellers for casual work. Plus, the foodie and pub culture mean there’s never a shortage of jobs in restaurants, bars and hospitality. Other typical backpacker jobs include working in construction, sales, retail, temping, promotions, tourism and nannying.

WORK HARD OR TRAVEL HARD

Unlike the Australia working holiday visa, you don’t have to change employers every six months – meaning you can settle down for a year and find work that’s more related to your profession or trade. Or, if you’re looking to redress your work-travel balance (let’s face it, we’ve been indoors A LOT recently), then working the harvests in summer and the slopes in winter is a great way to earn money, work outside and have a blast.

4 WAYS WE GET THE JOB DONE

1. WORKING HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS

All three of our packages include your working holiday visa and all the essentials you need to start legally earning money in New Zealand. These include your New Zealand bank account and IRD number (the equivalent of your Irish PPSN).

2. 12 MONTHS’ JOB SUPPORT

Only on our ALL IN or COMPLETE packages, get 12 months’ access to our employment database where you can search and apply for current openings. Plus, weekly job email alerts and long-term accommodation support.

3. ARRIVAL JOB WORKSHOP

Only on our ALL IN or COMPLETE packages, we include a detailed job-hunting and travel planning workshop when you arrive in Auckland – where we go through what positions are available and how to enter the New Zealand job market.

4. AUCKLAND RESOURCE CENTRE

Only on our ALL IN or COMPLETE packages, get 12 months’ access to our resource centre in Auckland. Includes a private mailbox, internet access, 24/7 emergency support, regular social events and a friendly face when you need one.

NORTH ISLAND OR SOUTH ISLAND

There are some impossible questions in life. Like, where do all the odd socks in the tumble dryer go. Or which island is the best in New Zealand. The reality is, both islands are home to epic snow-covered peaks, whale-filled waters and sun-drenched vineyards. And as New Zealand is relatively small, there’s really no reason to choose. You can see it all before, after or while you’re working.

NORTH ISLAND

The North Island is home to bigger cities, a more temperate climate and three quarters of New Zealand’s population. With regular flights from Ireland to New Zealand, most travellers tend to start in Auckland – which is where our team are based to help you get set up and find work. Known as the City of Sails, Auckland is a glossy advert for life in New Zealand. With a bustling CBD and sparkling waterfront packed with bars and restaurants providing the jobs; and weekend markets, lazy brunches and easy access to surf beaches and wineries providing the lifestyle. The North Island is also home to the capital of New Zealand Wellington. Cool and arty, with a craft brewery and co-workspace popping up on every corner, what Wellington lacks in weather (she can really blow on a windy day) the city more than makes up for in creative opportunities, cosmopolitan culture and a serious caffeine addiction.

SOUTH ISLAND

Larger than the North Island but with only around one million inhabitants, the South Island is home to world-class wineries, wilderness landscapes and some of the most mind-blowing scenery on the planet. Cue giant ice-caved fiords, turquoise lakes and snowy Alps made for hiking, skiing and biking. (No wonder Frodo had so much trouble searching for the ring here, there’s a lot of ground to cover). But don’t let the Peter Jackson filmset scenery fool you into thinking there’s no life other than wildlife. Queenstown – known as the adventure capital of the world – has one of the best food, wine and bar scenes in the Southern Hemisphere. The university town of Dunedin to the south will give off familiar Celtic vibes – with an imposing castle, rowdy student bars and sandy peninsulas home to seals, penguins and sealions. While further north, Christchurch is a lesson in community, creativity and cutting-edge innovation following the devastating earthquakes of 2010-2011.

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