New Zealand Gap Years

We all know how popular New Zealand is as a tourist destination but by spending time volunteering, working or studying there, you’ll really begin to appreciate the very best of Kiwi culture, live like a laid-back local and gain an amazing amount of life experience. Who knows, you may even decide New Zealand deserves more time than an initial 3, 6 or 12 month stay, especially when you compare Kiwi life to that of the ‘busy-ness’ and pace of life back in old blighty.

New Zealand is undoubtedly a 1st world country, it’s English speaking and is economically and politically safe. It makes for a prime location to base yourself on a gap year, whether that’s straight out of Uni (or before for that matter) or if you just fancy a mid-career sabbatical for a few months.

For those seeking paid work, aside from standard bar/hospitality/call-centre employment there are plenty of jobs in the fresh air. Wine producing regions dot the length of New Zealand and working the grape-vines will be a sociable, physical and rewarding job, of course, you’ll be subject to seasonality so do your research.

Explore the search facility below to find volunteer placements which span the areas of medicine, social care, teaching and conservation amongst others.

No introduction to a gap year in New Zealand would be complete without mentioning the countless opportunities in adventure travel. Again, drill down your search further below but from diving in the Northland to skiing in the Southern Alps, not forgetting kayaking, bungee jumping, skydiving, hiking, zorbing, glacier guiding, New Zealand really does tick to outdoor pursuits box.

For more information on the most appropriate New Zealand Visa visit http://www.immigration.govt.nz


New Zealand Gap Year Companies

We found 10 companies in our database that provide New Zealand gap years. Choose one below to learn more.

Gap Provider What They Offer Learn More
Gap Provider
Lattitude Global Volunteeringbrand-logoOur mission is to educate and develop young people worldwide by providing opportunities to volunteer abroad and to make a positive difference to the lives of others through a distinctive, challenging, structured and supported overseas volunteering experience in a culture and community different from their own.Visit Site »
What They Offer: Our mission is to educate and develop young people worldwide by providing opportunities to volunteer abroad and to make a positive difference to the lives of others through a distinctive, challenging, structured and supported overseas volunteering experience in a culture and community different from their own.
Flying Fishbrand-logoSpecialist watersports training provider with over 22 years of experience. Train with experts who are passionate about what they do.Visit Site »
What They Offer: Specialist watersports training provider with over 22 years of experience. Train with experts who are passionate about what they do.
NonStop Adventurebrand-logoAward-winning ski & snowboard instructor courses, improvement courses and backcountry adventures staged in epic mountain destinations across the globe.Visit Site »
What They Offer: Award-winning ski & snowboard instructor courses, improvement courses and backcountry adventures staged in epic mountain destinations across the globe.
Frontierbrand-logoGap Years, Volunteering and Inspirational Adventures 103,000 Successful Volunteer Placements since 1989.Visit Site »
What They Offer: Gap Years, Volunteering and Inspirational Adventures 103,000 Successful Volunteer Placements since 1989.
i-to-ibrand-logoA TEFL course opens doors. Not only will you experience new cultures in a way no tourist ever could, but you'll also meet friends for life whilst sharpening your teaching skills. What's more, there's a huge demand for English teachers worldwide - and all you need is our internationally-recognised i-to-i qualification to start your adventure. Exciting times!Visit Site »
What They Offer: A TEFL course opens doors. Not only will you experience new cultures in a way no tourist ever could, but you'll also meet friends for life whilst sharpening your teaching skills. What's more, there's a huge demand for English teachers worldwide - and all you need is our internationally-recognised i-to-i qualification to start your adventure. Exciting times!
Pacific Discoverybrand-logoPacific Discovery offers experiential gap year semester and summer programs abroad to some of the most amazing places on earth. Our programs are deliberate overland journeys, blending authentic immersion in diverse cultures, meaningful service-learning projects, rewarding adventures, wilderness exploration, and personal development.Visit Site »
What They Offer: Pacific Discovery offers experiential gap year semester and summer programs abroad to some of the most amazing places on earth. Our programs are deliberate overland journeys, blending authentic immersion in diverse cultures, meaningful service-learning projects, rewarding adventures, wilderness exploration, and personal development.
Peak Leadersbrand-logoWe've been training ski instructors all over the world for over seventeen years, so when it comes to packing your skis and heading off to the mountains, we know everything there is to know. In fact we've built an experienced team at Peak Leaders who have all been on the same journey as you, so we know exactly what it's like to start a ski instructor training course.Visit Site »
What They Offer: We've been training ski instructors all over the world for over seventeen years, so when it comes to packing your skis and heading off to the mountains, we know everything there is to know. In fact we've built an experienced team at Peak Leaders who have all been on the same journey as you, so we know exactly what it's like to start a ski instructor training course.
Oyster Worldwidebrand-logoOyster Worldwide is a well-regarded gap year travel and responsible travel specialist. Many of our projects were founded in 1999 and have been nurtured and supported by us ever since. We are known for running life-changing gap year programs, giving you the opportunity to make a genuine contribution and for the first class support you receive.Visit Site »
What They Offer: Oyster Worldwide is a well-regarded gap year travel and responsible travel specialist. Many of our projects were founded in 1999 and have been nurtured and supported by us ever since. We are known for running life-changing gap year programs, giving you the opportunity to make a genuine contribution and for the first class support you receive.
Global Vision Internationalbrand-logoWe're a family-run organisation with an amazing culture and an awesome team of people across the world who are passionate experts in their chosen field and will make your experience a truly unforgettable one (in a good way).Visit Site »
What They Offer: We're a family-run organisation with an amazing culture and an awesome team of people across the world who are passionate experts in their chosen field and will make your experience a truly unforgettable one (in a good way).
Travellers Worldwidebrand-logoEnrich your life and change you and the lives of others with a volunteering holiday as a vacation, on a gap year or career break, or by gaining valuable work experience to boost your CV/ResumeVisit Site »
What They Offer: Enrich your life and change you and the lives of others with a volunteering holiday as a vacation, on a gap year or career break, or by gaining valuable work experience to boost your CV/Resume