New Zealand Gap Year

New Zealand is one of the most popular gap year destinations in the world. You will get to see spectacular nature, world famous tourist sights, meet new people and create unforgettable memories. Experience the best time of your life in New Zealand, we have amazing gap year work and travel packages available to book all year round. 


New Zealand Gap Year Trips, Programs & Travel Ideas

Plan a Gap Year to New Zealand

New Zealand Gap Year Work & Travel

If you are looking for the best things to do on your gap year in New Zealand our directory will help you arrange the ultimate experience.

We highly recommend visiting both the North and South islands and there are so many unique and special places to visit this will really make your trip more worthwhile and enjoyable. Most flights arrive into the Auckland located in the North Island, this is at the top of the country an a good place to start a gap year. For such a small country there is a lot to keep you occupied, some top recommendations include going whale watching, hiking the Franz Josep glacier, playing giant chess in Christchurch, zorbing, partying in Queenstown and skiing in Wanaka. 

There are so many highlights of this stunning destination, for a magical experience go swimming with wild dolphins in Kaikoura. If adventure is what you are after you could take a Heli-Hike up the Fox Glacier, climb the Franz Josef Glacier go skiing in Wanak or party and experience spectacular scenery in Queenstown.

Considering the distance between New Zealand and the rest of the world travel costs can be high so it's a good idea to plan ahead. Adventure sports like bungee jumping, sky diving, glacier walks are everywhere. New Zealand is quiet compared to Australia for example, the population of New Zealand is around 4 million which is smaller than London! The scenery made famous in the Lord of the Rings films is spectacular. 


Best Things to Do on a Gap Year New Zealand

Explore and enjoy the most amazing time of your life!


Gap Year Programs in New Zealand

There are so many amazing adventures in New Zealand and to get you excited and to give you some ideas check our list below...

  • Go bungee jumping - Queenstown is your destination there are lots of thrilling and nerve shattering jumps but in Auckland you can also bunji jump from the Casino
  • Sailing in Auckland, trips depart from the harbour
  • Walk around hot springs in Rotarua
  • Go Zorbing or Sea Kayaking on the South Island
  • Skiing / snowboarding in Wanaka / Queenstown
  • White water rafting in Queenstown
  • Take an overland trip to explore the New Zealand wilderness
  • Go Luging in Queenstown where you can luge with friends seeing spectacular views across the city
  • Hike the famous Franz Joesph Glacier and experience something totally different. You can even go sky diving over here
  • Try to catch an All Blacks game or watch a local side, the atmosphere is amazing as its the national sport


Gap Year Jobs in New Zealand

One of the most popular ideas is to spend a gap year working in New Zealand. You can apply for a working holiday visa then seek employment throughout the country. There are so many unique programs and ideas for things you can do on your gap year here. On our directory you can search programs and packages from international companies incuding work, volunteer, intern, study and travel options. Affordable options are available all year round and are a great way to meet new people and have a more structured/settled experience rather than just exploring.


Tips for Taking a Gap Year in New Zealand

  • Before departing you might want to watch a film like Whale Rider to get background information on Mouri culture, this will be a good introduction to the country. 
  • Don't fly between the islands, you really will miss a lot, go overland instead
  • Base Backpackers hostel in Auckland is amazing 
  • Hiring a campervan is recommended, ir if not lots of overland bus tours operate
  • Queenstown is incredible
  • Skiing in Wanka is underrated
  • If you want to experience New Zealand in your own time Stray Travel offer flexible hop-on hop-off bus passes of New Zealand
  • You could rent your own camper van - lots of companies offer this service
  • Don't worry about spending money, make sure you do, you will only regret the things you don't do
  • Zorbing is expensive but a lot of fun - you can't do this is many worldwide destinations
  • In Christchurch try to challenge a local person to a game of giant chess in the city centre square - its a lot of fun and different way to spend an afternoon
  • The Tranzalpine train journey which runs from Christchurch to Greymouth is one of the most scenic routes in the world, it travels through the mountains - be sure to charge the batteries of your camera

You might also like to combine experiences and search ideas for taking a gap year in Fiji or a gap year in Australia.