This country is incredible with friendly local people, stunning places to visit and also lots of amazing activities available all year round.

When working in New Zealand you will get plenty of time to relax and take in this stunning country.

Whether you are going to be based in the north or south islands, there are lots of towns and cities where you can choose to live. Each location is different, from the bustling capital Auckland to Queenstown which is one of the best adventure destinations in the world.

We have put together a list of 5 incredible must do things you should do in your spare time.


1. Watch a Live Sporting Event 

The local passion in New Zealand is rugby and you will find teams throughout the country, you could try and get tickets to see the world famous All Blacks but getting tickets can be difficult.

Eden Park in Auckland is really impressive stadium. You could also watch a cricket or football game. Some people choose to work in hospitality at sporting events and you can too, casual positions can be found throughout the country. 


2. Go Skydiving 

New Zealand really is one of the best destinations for adventure sports and all through the country you can go skydiving. We recommend going skydiving over the Franz Joseph glacier which looks spectacular from the air.

Other locations include Wanaka and the spectacular city of Queenstown. Did you know you can also do a skydiving training course and then seek work as a skydive instructor after completing training - this is a totally unique career!


3. Bungee Jumping

Places like Queenstown is full of adventure sports and also home to some of the highest and most scary bungee jumps in the world. Prepare to get scared! If you are planning a gap year in New Zealand, a popular option is to work as a bungee instructor - this job is a lot of fun and you'll get to meet other people from all over the world.


4. Whale Watching 

Kairkora can be off the beaten track and not all bus tours stop here but we recommend visiting. This is a relaxing little town and one of the best things to do here is to go whale or dolphin watching. You can search out the best prices online in advance for sightseeing excursions, there are lots of trips available.

When the weather is calm there is also sometimes the option to go swimming with whales - an incredible experience. If you would like to do something rewarding some local organisations offer volunteer opportunities in New Zealand where you can contribute to conservation efforts.


5. Hiking in the Abel Tasman National Park 

If you like nature and trekking head to the Abel Tasman National Park, this is a spectacular place. There are lots of trips, hikes and water sports available all year round. This is a great place to kick back and relax after working hard.

New Zealand backpacker tours are a must-try experience when you're here and a lot include the Abel Tasman Naitonal Park in itineraries.

Backpacker tours also allow you to see the beauty of New Zealand and the main cities. Because of the flexible timetable, freedom to go beyond tourist sites, and stay anywhere you want, backpacker tours will bring tons of benefits.


Plan a Trip to New Zealand

These are just a few of the places you can visit to maximise your time in New Zealand. This country has it all and there are lots of different things to do and places to visit all year round.

If you're wondering what types of seasonal-jobs-working-holidays in New Zealand you can do, check our guide. Or if you are lacking experience search internships in New Zealand

Have you every been to New Zealand? Do you have any recommendations to share? Leave your advice in the comments section below.