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On 13 September 2022 the New Zealand Government announced the lifting of all remaining travel restrictions and  travellers no longer need proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to enter. English New Zealand schools are now gearing up to welcome an increasing number of English language students looking to enjoy a study travel experience here. For many students the working holiday visa is a great option for travelling around New Zealand; they can take some English language lessons, gain work experience and explore the beautiful attractions on offer throughout the country.  

Working Holiday Visas

Working holiday visas (WHV) are available to people aged 18 to 30, and in some countries you can be aged up to 35. You can travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months, or 23 months if you are from the UK or Canada.  Some teachers even use this as a way to gain international teaching experience after they complete their TESOL qualification. 

With this visa you can study one or more courses for up to 6 months. Perfect for visitors looking to attend an English language course here. You can study as many weeks as you want within that restriction, which  leaves plenty of time to work and explore. A lot of WHV holders start their journey studying English especially if they are not from a country where English is commonly used in everyday situations. This prepares them for the English language challenges they face for the next part of their New Zealand experience, whether that be seasonal work or straight into adventure/exploring mode. Starting with an English course also has the added benefit of providing students with the chance to meet fellow travellers and forge new friendships for the escapades ahead.  

Seasonal work 

After completing their English Language course many travellers are keen to start their work experience with seasonal employment, providing income to cover the expenses associated with their travels. New Zealand offers a range of seasonal work opportunities, particularly in the horticulture sector. After all that hard work it’s time for adventure! With so many options it’s difficult to decide where to start. Here are some must visit attractions in the North Island to get you started. 

Places to visit 

Cape Reinga 
The road trip to Cape Reinga offers its own memorable experience offering scenery of beautiful beaches and harbours. Many start their round trip via state highway 12 through the majestic Waipoua Kauri Forest then connecting with Rawene Ferry across Hokianga Harbour. Arriving at Cape Reinga is a spectacular experience with its panoramic views of two oceans meeting with a swirling dance. 

Te Paki Sand Dunes 
The return journey from Cape Reinga requires a stop at the Te Paki Sand Dunes. Millions of years of sand build up resulting in a place that feels off world with its massive rolling sand dunes. Hire a sand board and spend time sliding down huge sand slopes.  


Known for its extensive underground cave systems that light up with its local population of Glow Worms. Over 30 million years ago the Waitomo region was covered in an ocean of sea. Now well above sea level and offering visitors a majestic experience. This is a must do. 

Renown for its Geothermal activity and Māori Culture. Rotorua was a town built by the government in the early 1880s for tourists visiting the “hot lakes”. Here you can not only enjoy heavenly hot pools but many adventure activities or one of the natural attractions on offer. 

Famous for its pristine beaches, picturesque forests, and vacation vibes. Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach is a must do when visiting this region. 

With so much on offer here in New Zealand the challenge can be knowing where to start with your travel plans. We suggest starting by exploring the list of schools listed here https://www.englishnewzealand.co.nz/students/english-nz-schools/. Find the school that feels right for you and start your journey of a lifetime! 

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