Capital City Wellington
Population: 4,500,000
Currency: New Zealand dollar (NZ$)
Language: English
Calling Code: +64

Backpacking in New Zealand: life really doesn’t get much better! Whether you are going on a gap year in New Zealand as part of a round the world trip, or simply as a trip on its own, you will be beguiled by the beauty, atmosphere and excitement of this amazing country. So, why not dust off your passport, pack your bags and head to the land of Maoris, bungees and Hobbits?

It’s the adrenaline that brings most backpackers to this corner of the world, and for good reason. A gap year in New Zealand allows the most adventurous travellers to bungee jump in the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown — as well as white water rafting, skydiving and quad biking! If you can’t get to Queenstown though – and you really should try to – you’ll find adventure in every corner of this country, from the North Island all the way down to the tip of the South Island.

Still need more convincing? Well, okay then: there’s absolutely loads of different things to do in New Zealand. Are you a water lover? If so, you’ll find some amazing surf and SCUBA spots around the coast, as well as some great whale-watching experiences. Perhaps you are more of a fan of scenery? Well, you won’t be short of awe-inspiring views in New Zealand, ranging from the stunning coastline through to the towering peaks of the Southern Alps. City lovers will also love exploring every nook and cranny of places like Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.

Working in New Zealand

Many backpackers also choose to base themselves in New Zealand for a while in order to work and just have a break from the hustle and bustle of travelling. Jobs are generally easy to come by for travellers, and working holiday visas are generally simple to get. You can work in bars, pick fruit or find work and accommodation on a farm, amongst many other options. Just try not to spend everything you earn, otherwise you won’t be able to continue your travels!

Where Next?

When it comes to combining your gap year in New Zealand with other adventures, New Zealand has a plethora of options to consider. If you’re in New Zealand, you absolutely have to cross the water and visit Australia, while you can also get flights to Chile and other South American countries too. You could even hop on a plane and head to a Pacific paradise, such as Fiji, or perhaps do something different and head over to Africa – that’s if you ever want to leave!

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