Work & Travel / WWOOFing in New Zealand

Would you like to gain work experience and still have enough time to travel around New Zealand? Not a problem with our “Auszeit Neuseeland Work & Travel” program. You decide whether you want to focus on work or on travel. Marvel at the beauty of New Zealand’s nature, dive into the local culture, improve your English, gain experience in the working world, earn money for your travels and enjoy your freedom. With a Working Holiday Visa you can take up any job you can find.

We offer you comprehensive preparation for your Working Holiday New Zealand, reliable local support throughout your stay, guidance on job search as well as cheap travel and activities in New Zealand.

A WWOOFing New Zealand / Farm Work New Zealand membership is included in our Work and Travel module. WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms) is an organisation that provides volunteer workers to organic farms. In return for farm work volunteers receive free accommodation and meals, but usually no money. A large number of agricultural farms in New Zealand are members of the WWOOFing New Zealand Organisation. WWOOFing in New Zealand is popular because you can gain both job experience in the agricultural area and receive free accommodation and board.



590,- Euro

(if you move directly to a host family booked through us on arrival in Nelson and therefore you won’t need the 3 nights in the hostel included in our Work & Travel program, we grant a 100 Euro discount on this program price)

Our services

  • Support, help and advice from an on-site team member before departure and during your stay

Before your arrival in New Zealand:

  • Preparation handbook incl. travel-checklist
  • Booking of all flights (international and domestic) with various stopover options (flight costs not included in price)
  • Assistance in applying for a Working Holiday New Zealand Visa (by our team in Germany; visa costs not included in price)
  • List of fellow travellers
  • Guidance on how to write a CV in English

After your arrival in New Zealand:

  • Free transfer from airport to hostel in Nelson
  • 3 nights at the hostel in a dorm room (staying in a double or single bedroom is also possible for extra charge)
  • Starter-Pack incl.:
    • Mobile SIM-card with credit (Mini-, Micro- or Nano-SIM possible)
    • Work and Travel New Zealand handbook
    • WWOOF-membership incl. online account with job contacts to over 2400 WWOOFing-hosts
    • YHA-membership (cheaper accommodation in all YHA-Hostels)
  • Introductory meeting in Nelson (please see set dates!) with information about:
    • Job search, benefits and obligations as an employee
    • opening a New Zealand bank account incl. EFTPOS-card
    • application for a New Zealand tax number
    • Travelling by bus
    • Finding an apartment, hostel or flat
  • Separate meeting on how to buy a car in New Zealand with info on:
    • Buying a car
    • Registration, WoF, insurance
    • Driving in New Zealand
    • Selling a car
  • Letter and parcel forwarding within New Zealand (postage not included in the price)
  • Print-, copy-, scan- and storage services for important documents at our Nelson office
  • Luggage storage at the Nelson office
  • 24-hour emergency hotline
  • Regular newsletters with info on activities and travel
  • Detailed advice for travel planning in New Zealand
  • Instructions for a tax refund
  • Work & Travel New Zealand certificate of attendance

Contact person in New Zealand

Auszeit Neuseeland Jule Kley

Jule Kley

Auszeit Neuseeland coordinator
Tel.: +64 (0)3 929 5645
Skype: auszeit_5

Requirements, visa, tips

You must qualify for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa. Most Working Holiday Visa are valid for 12 months (e.g. for Germans) or 6 months (e.g. for Austrians) after the day of your entry. It is possible to leave and re-enter New Zealand during this time. However for a Working Holiday Visa you may apply only once in a lifetime.


  • Application (online) and visa fee payment
  • German passport, which is valid 3 months after the intended date of departure from New Zealand
  • Proof of funds of NZ$4200
  • Proof of a valid and paid flight ticket including proof of leaving New Zealand

Please note: All info on visas has been compiled by our team in Germany without claim to be complete or correct. For details on New Zealand visas please visit

  • Start date: Because New Zealand lies in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are opposite to those in Europe. The best time for your Work and Travel in New Zealand is November to May when you find most jobs in hospitality and tourism, on farms and orchards.
  • Nelson – perfect place to start your Work and Travel in New Zealand:
    • Nelson is so easy to navigate: hostel, office, bank, beach – all are in walking distance to each other. This guarantees a relaxed start in New Zealand, you do not have to rush through a metropolis such as Auckland (like many other Work and Travellers).
    • You can come to our office if you have a question or problem.
    • In and around Nelson over 200 WWOOF-farms, over 100 vineyards and orchards, factories and a large tourism and hospitality sector offer plenty of job opportunities.
    • Sunny Nelson is New Zealand’s sunniest city.
    • Countless activities in the 3 surrounding national parks: hiking, kayaking, sky-diving, climbing, walks on the beach, mountain-biking, kite-surfing – experience the „real“ New Zealand straight away.
  • Route: Starting from Nelson most participants explore the South Island first and ship to the North Island around half-time of their work and travel trip to NZ (beautiful ferry ride). After travelling the North island they depart from Auckland which is the cheapest and most flexible.
  • After enrolling in our Work and Travel-Programme we register you with New Zealand’s WWOOF-organisation. You will receive the login-details to your WWOOF New Zealand online profile, through which you can apply at WWOOFing-farms after your arrival in New Zealand. As WWOOFing-placements are usually filled on short notice you should be on site to do so. During our introduction course (in Nelson) we explain how to apply at WWOOF New Zealand farms and how to organise transport to the farms. With more than 2400 farms all over New Zealand (more than 230 around Nelson) you will have no problems to find a suitable New Zealand WWOOFing placement within a few days.
  • Farmstays in New Zealand are a great opportunity to try many different kinds of jobs: New Zealand WWOOFing offers reach from small families owning a huge garden to professional farms with orchards and livestock.
  • Usually you will work between 2 to 4 weeks on a WWOOFing-farm. In exchange for 4-6 hours farm work per day you will receive free accommodation and board.
  • Through your membership profile you are always able to organise the next farm and can travel and work in all of New Zealand’s beautiful regions.

Compose your own time abroad in New Zealand: You can choose from our modules Work & Travel, Internship, Language Course, Voluntary Service, Au-Pair, Demi-Pair or Study. Services such as Homestay, Travel and Insurance can be added. You choose what suits your needs and requirements – we offer flexible packages.

Your itinerary could look like this:

29.08. – Departure from your home country

31.08. – Arrival in New Zealand, pick-up at Nelson airport and transfer to your hostel

31.08. until 03.09. – Accommodation in a hostel in Nelson

03.09. until 28.02. – Work and Travel around New Zealand, Transport by Hop-on-Hop-off-Bus

28.02. – Flight to Australia

28.02. until 15.05. – Working Holdiay in Australia

15.05. – Fly home

… or else? You choose, we organise an individual trip!

Anyone starting their working holiday in Nelson will treasure and love the lifestyle it offers. The charming small town of Nelson is located in the geographic centre of New Zealand and the Mediterranean style weather provides you with a good feeling all year long.

Nelson offers everything a small city needs: long shopping streets, supermarkets, cinema, museums, sport facilities and much more. Charming pubs and vibrant cafes with pavement dining. Leisure time options are almost unlimited. There is something to see for everybody: historic streets, the Christ Church Cathedral which was built in an Art Deco style or restored houses that accommodated workers of the 19th century. One of the main attractions is the “World of Wearable Arts” gallery which was opened in 2001 and where the annual prize winner of unconventional clothing is displayed. Nelson hosts three of the most wonderful national parks in the country right on its doorstep: Nelson Lakes National Park, Abel Tasman National Park and Kahurangi National Park. The recreational possibilities are almost endless. Kayaking, walking along the beach, mountain biking or kite surfing are all part of the everyday opportunities.

Setting up a group of sponsors: By establishing a group of private sponsors, made up of friends, relatives, public figures (local politicians), local businesses and institutions (churches, clubs etc.) you can receive a monthly income to support your trip abroad. Make the group of sponsors as large as you like.


After I had finished my study and practical experience in teaching in Germany I faced the question of how to spend the next months before starting my first job as a teacher at a German high school. Rather spontaneously I decided to spend the time until the beginning of my job in New Zealand in order to get to know the country and its people.

When I started organising my trip to the other side of the world I was lucky to come across the webpage of Auszeit Neuseeland. The Team of Auszeit Neuseeland prepared me very well for my trip to New Zealand within the short amount of time by organising farmstays for my WWOOFing trip as well as everything else that had to be sorted out.

Thanks to the organisation by Auszeit Neuseeland I was able to enjoy the journey to New Zealand. But what did I have to expect from my time in New Zealand? What exactly means WWOOFing? WWOOFing is a programme in which you are working on a farm in order to experience the way in which organic farming is undertaken in New Zealand. In exchange for food and accommodation you are working and helping out on the farm for around four hours a day. Hence, there is more than enough time to get to know the family with which you are staying and to take little journeys in the surrounding area. During the eight weeks I have been in New Zealand I have spent around five weeks working on two different farms in the northern part of the South Island.

The first farm I stayed at, which is located close to Motueka, is run by a German family. The farm covers a big area including fruit and vegetable fields as well as grazing areas for chicken and cattle. During my time at this farm I was able to learn a variety of jobs ranging from cutting trees and bushes, picking fruit, cooking and helping out in the house to feeding the animals. All of that in an unique natural environment under an endless horizon and in a southerly summer breeze.

Since I had the weekends off I used the time to travel and visit some of the amazing places in New Zealand. For example I once went on a kayak tour in the Abel Tasman National Park including a night on a houseboat. During the day we paddled along the coast or walked along the beach in the remote bays. During the night we were able to see the Milky Way in the cloudless sky. A fascinating and unforgettable experience I can only recommend!

Our Auszeit-Neuseeland-participant Ferdinand has collected his best moments in New Zealand in this blog.


The introduction meeting in Nelson will be offered on these Thursdays:

09 August 2018; 23 August 2018;

06 September 2018; 20 September 2018; 11 October 2018;

25 October 2018; 08 November 2018; 22 November 2018;

06 December 2018;

10. January 2019; 24. January 2019;

14. February 2019; 07. March 2019; 28. March 2019;

06. June 2019; 27. June 2019; 18. July 2019;

08. August 2019; 22. August 2019;

05. September 2019; 19. September 2019; 10. October 2019;

24. October 2019; 07. November 2019; 21. November 2019;

05. December 2019;

Further dates on request.

We recommend to arrive in Nelson on the day before the introduction meeting!

Due to the visa application process you should apply at least 8 weeks before you plan to arrive in New Zealand.

The earlier you decide to Work and Travel in New Zealand the better! When you apply early we can offer you cheaper flight and travel options.