New Zealand Send-Off Package

Arrive in New Zealand stress-free having received everything to get your working holiday off to an epic start; from visa support to finding working holiday jobs, a place to live, opening your bank, tax account and meeting new friends!

Start Dates



1 - 23 months



Program Overview

Our New Zealand Working Holiday Send-Off Package ensures you arrive in New Zealand fully prepared to start your working holiday. You will be personally assisted by your work and travel advisor with all of the documents and processes needed to live and work in New Zealand. You will receive one-on-one assistance on your visa application, a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, and a guide for finding New Zealand working holiday jobs.

You will also receive help with setting up all of the essentials needed to live in New Zealand – including a bank account, phone plan, health insurance, and IRD number. Your work and travel advisor will not only support you leading up to your departure but throughout your entire working holiday!

What’s Included


  • Step-by-step support on applying for you Working Holiday Visa so you are able to live and work in New Zealand
  • Personal Work & Travel Advisor
  • Land your dream New Zealand working holiday job after receiving professional resume reviews and revisions
  • Comprehensive one-on-one orientation before your departure
  • Detailed info pack on everything you need to know for living and working in New Zealand

In Country

  • Support with New Zealand bank account set-up and assistance transferring money overseas
  • Assistance finding short and long-term accommodation
  • Information guide and resources to help you find a working holiday job in New Zealand in your desired industry
  • On-going support from our team for the duration of your trip
  • Tax filing assistance for your New Zealand and Canadian tax returns

The Fun Stuff!

  • Experience living and traveling throughout picturesque New Zealand!
  • Invitation to join Stepabroad’s Stepmates Facebook group to connect with other participants

What’s Not Included:

Flights, medical insurance, visa and/or work permit application fees, local transportation, food & rent.

What Will I Do?

With your visa you can apply for all kinds of working holiday jobs in New Zealand – from casual work to a full-time position in your career field. A working holiday will allow you to experience life in New Zealand while earning an income – a win, win! Our team will sharpen your resume so that you stand out to hiring managers and provide you with industry resources so you can find a job sooner and start making money abroad.

Possible Working Holiday Jobs

  • Food & Beverage
  • Administration
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Events & Promotions
  • Retail & Customer Service
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • Landscaping & Gardening
  • Construction

Want to Learn More?

Interested to chat with us to learn which program is right for you?

Let’s Get Started!

You can start at any time! New Zealand working holiday jobs are available throughout the year so you will always be able to start working as soon as you land. If you’re timing your trip for sunny climes, bear in mind that New Zealand enjoys four seasons, with the summer months landing between December and March – aka, Canada’s freezer time.

We typically ask for three month’s notice before you plan to leave Canada so you can make the most of our support preparing you for your adventure to New Zealand.

Want More?

New Zealand Discovery Experience

Get all the support of our Send-Off Package and two full days of fun social activities in Auckland and Rangitoto Island, as well as extra in-country support to get set up for life in New Zealand.

New Zealand Adventure Experience

This eight-day program across New Zealand's North Island has one adventure after another. Hike volcanoes and set foot on secret white beaches, soak in natural jacuzzis and more...

Travel Insurance

We know that travelling with a peace of mind is important to you. That’s why it’s a good idea to have travel insurance in case something unexpectedly goes wrong while you’re abroad.


What is the best time of year to visit New Zealand?

It really depends on what you would like to see! Although it is colder, the glaciers in the South Island are most impressive in winter (July and August). There are also some amazing ski resorts for ski bunnies and shredders on both the North and South Islands. Plus there is less competition for car hires and accommodation at this time of year. December and January are the warmest months, with beautiful weather for hiking and surfing. However, competition for resources is fierce and prices tend to increase significantly due to increased demand. At this time of year, you should plan ahead to ensure you don’t miss out.

How do I extend my visa?

The additional 11-month extension can be done online at any time before your initial visa expires. There is no need to undertake farm work in New Zealand and all Canadians are eligible. If you’d like help with this, speak to your Travel Coordinator for more information.

Do I need to have a return booked before I leave home?

You don’t need to have a return flight booked on a working holiday visa. If you do not have a return flight booked, you will need to show an additional $1000 in proof of funds to demonstrate that you will be able to purchase your flight home when the time comes. However, you do need to have a return flight booked if you plan to arrive on a visitor visa, so make sure to tell any friends or family who would like to come to visit for a week or two once you settle in.

What is Fergberger? I keep being told to go there

Almost every tourist who has ever been to New Zealand will have visited Fergberger, and everyone likes to recommend it! Fergberger is a hole-in-the-wall gourmet burger joint in Queenstown that offers legendary dining options. With a massive variety of unusual options to suit all dietary requirements (including vegetarian and gluten-free), this spot has previously been awarded the title of Best Burger in the World by CNN. With wait times of up to an hour and a half for takeout, it is best to call ahead with your order. Fergberger has become more of an experience for tourists than a meal, and almost everybody who visits Queenstown will form an opinion on this little shop.