IEP Work New Zealand
94% Rating
(30 Reviews)

IEP Work New Zealand

The Work New Zealand program is designed to help you settle into New Zealand quickly, leaving you more time to enjoy experiencing and exploring this beautiful country.

We'll help you get all the important stuff sorted, from organising your bank account and tax number, to helping you find a job and somewhere to live.

We basically take care of all the difficult and confusing stuff allowing you to have a great working holiday in New Zealand.

New Zealand
Program Tags
Adventure Travel
Au Pair
1-3 Months
3-6 Months
6-12 Months
1 Year+
Host Family
Primary Language

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Program Reviews

based on 30 reviews
  • Housing 8.1
  • Support 9
  • Fun 9.3
  • Value 8.7
  • Safety 9
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My work and travel experience in Oceania

I personally always wanted to go overseas to make this special experience of living on one`s own in a different country after graduating from High School.

In the American Institute for Foreign Study I found an absolutely reliable and professional travel agency which supported me a lot in my intentions of working and travelling abroad.

After a reasonable time of preparation I finally started my journey on July 27 in 2015 when I left Germany to fly to Auckland, New Zealand. (To be honest I actually do not know why I chose New Zealand to go to but in hindsight I definitely do not regret my decision!)

On the first days abroad the IEP Team Auckland welcomed and introduced us to life in New Zealand which was a great launch. Within my first three months I took part in an Internship program organized by AIFS and New Zealand Internships.

While I was working at a hostel and the tourism office Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua I had the possibility to get an insight in such tourism companies and how they work. It also gave me the chance to get used to New Zealand life style pretty quick and therefore made it a very good first time.

Afterwards I was offered a job at a Marketing company in Auckland where I acquired a great deal of speaking and listening skills due to continuous contact to all kind of English speaking costumers.

During the end of summer and autumn I also worked on the unbelievable strawberry farm in a suburb of Auckland. I had such an amazing time working and living there and alongside the tourism office Tamaki it was the best job I have ever done.

However, even the best times have to end and I left the farm to finally start travelling New Zealand for a month. I explored the whole country with Kiwi Experience, met some more amazing people and experienced this country`s pure beauty day by day.

At the end of May I arrived in Christchurch where my journey through New Zealand finished. It had already been 10 months since I left Germany but even though this was kind of a farewell it was not time to say good bye yet. Because straight after I went to Australia where I spent some of the best weeks in my entire life.

Surfing at the Gold Coast, sailing through the Withsunday Islands, driving on the world`s largest sand island, diving at the Great Barrier Reef, camping in the outback and exploring the Great Ocean Road with friends from all over the world. These are memories for life.

To make a few closing remarks I strongly believe that going abroad is a lesson and an experience for life which is definitely worth doing! Furthermore I would also like to thank Peter Pans Adventure Travel. These guys absolutely know how to have an amazing time and give you the chance to experience a different culture really easily; means no worries at all mate ;)

How can this program be improved?

I think there is only one point which could be improved: If a traveller does not find a job IEP could have some work available so that the programm`s participant can afford his living and does not get desperate. E.g. farms or hostels they work with

Yes, I recommend
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Skydiving in Taupo

Skydiving in Taupo was a real highlight for me. I met so many cool people on the Kiwi Experience bus, and made a pact with one girls to skydive with her. That was in Paihia. By the time we got to Taupo, our emotions had already felt like a roller coaster ride. It was exhilarating, scary, fun, and a real triumph. I can't believe I did it, and I can't imagine doing it anywhere else for the first time. Being in this unique time of my life, meeting new people, and having new adventures was what I set out to do, but actually skydiving was something else and really encapsulated my time there. I just went for it, and had the time of my life!

Yes, I recommend

The life of travelling

My name is Darwin, I'm 21 and I live in Germany,

Two of my friends told me lots of stories about the beautiful New Zealand and the peaceful people. I decided to leave my home to find out more about my true self by travelling. Just two weeks after I finished school I began travelling in New Zealand. My adventure began. I made heaps of experiences which trained my mind and soon I realized how easy life can be. The start is usually always not really easy whatever you plan to do. The same applies logically for travelling. But do not see just the problems. When you take the first step you will find out that you are not alone on your way. There will always be helpful people. During my journey I wasn't a big fan of working in the industry like fruit quality control, packing, vineyard work ... blablabla these are important experiences, yes, and especially when you want to and have to earn money it's important too, but I just can say try also WWOOFing. It's up to you what you want, but when you work as a WWOOFer you will get in contact with real kiwis and are able to learn so much from then. On my journey I lived together with artists, engineers and farmers. They taught me heaps about New Zealands history, lifestyle, about nature and life and more. I learned new things like do pottery and how an airplane is constructed.

I had how we call it "good times" and "bad times" and I knew next to my journey I had always a helpful community from IEP which gave me support in difficult situations.

At last I just want to give you a profound advice which I got on my journey. Try not to get in rush like you have to see all the "famous attractions" and have to do all the "exciting activities". That's not important. You will get enough exciting moments. You don't have to see everything. That's not the point of travelling. The point is that you be open enough for that what your journey is going to give you. Realize that you are not alone on your path. You will get new friendships, new skills, new perspectives and more. Just try to enjoy it and follow your feelings.
I wish you a great journey!
Your Darwin

Yes, I recommend
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What an experience

Going through IEP to New Zealand was a great decision. I made good friends and once we had all settled in different parts of the country it was so nice to have people you knew dotted around the island.
Once finishing my job in Hawkes Bay, I had decided to move onto Christchurch area and start to explore the South Island.
I lived with the family I worked for and just decided to spent my last night packing and relaxing as the family were out and about.
I heard the door go and went into the kitchen to my surprise it was filled with food and wine. They had cancelled their evenings to have a going away party for me.
The fire was lit out on the deck and I was given such thoughtful and lovely presents to say farewell. It was a top evening, laughing and talking and just enjoying ourselves.
I had only lived with them 2 months and I was so touched. The reason I decided to share this story, although it is short is that New Zealand people are some of the kindest people I have ever met. I thought I had a lucky experience but most other backpackers had similar ones to me.
They really got me involved in their lives and I felt like a member of the family.
They came to visit me in Christchurch when I was there and we keep in touch through Facebook.
I cant wait for them to come and visit me in the UK, living with them really made my trip!

Yes, I recommend
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Where to find adventures, stories, fun, friends and peace!

Lots of stuff happened in New Zealand with me. I made wonderful experiences, met new friends, had adventures experiences, moment in which I cried and laughed. I never ever wonna have missed the time.
I visited the Waitomo caves, flew around with a plane, drove boat, went fishing and so much more. I will keep all that in my memory, but one memory is burned especially into my mind.
This one moment when I climbed up the mountain, so tired and exhausted and turned around. I turned around to see this wonderful scenery, to have this wonderful view and it was breath taking. I just set down and enjoyed the moment. I listened to my own body, I listened to the nature and tried to absorb all the surroundings. I calmed totally down and just felt peaceful. At one with my body, soul and the nature, as if everything finally fit together. I can't really describe it better, you just have to climb up there by yourself and live the experience...

Yes, I recommend
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in love with NZ

I spent half a year in New Zealand for a Work&Travel Holiday and it was the best time in my life!
It started with a german organisation and IEP in Auckland and I was quite happy with the support.
The people from IEP were so friendly and lovely and they helped with everything.
It was good to have some helpful people for the beginning and it's also good to know you can call or text them if you have a problem while travelling.
Everything was perfect with IEP and I have nothing to criticise.
I just enjoyed my time in New Zealand and i fell in love with the beautiful nature and the lovely people.
Everything was awesome!

Yes, I recommend

Amazing Experience

I had a great time in New Zealand and couldn't have done it so effortlessly without the help of IEP. Why struggle when you can have a bit of help from the lovely ladies at IEP?
The orientation really helps you decided what you want to do with your time and opens you up to ideas and opportunities you may not have thought of on your own. They even help you set up your bank, tax number and phone. Throughout my time around New Zealand and when I had to leave, IEP was there. For job hunting, it was great to be able to use their office, especially for printing CVs and using their internet/phone. During the summer they always had some really interesting random jobs on their job board. I didn't do any of them, but they were funny to read and I'm sure were a blast for whoever took them. IEP runs fun social outings in the main cities, and have a message board for people travelling around who want friends or a ride or want to sell/buy things like a car or tent. It would be a bit better if they were available at least to call/e-mail on weekends and outside of 9-5, but between that 9-5 they are dedicated!
I could talk forever about the amazing trips (Hang-gliding Abel Tasmin), adventures (Getting lost in Franz Josephs woodlands), Festivals (Holi colour festival), friends I made (IEP outings at Cassette9), but I'll resist. There's something about New Zealand that can not be explained in words or pictures. There's a feeling you get when you arrive and breathe in the pure air of mountains, oceans, wild forests, and salty hot springs. It's such an amazing Country and the people you meet there, Kiwis or other travelers, will be so friendly and become some of the best friends you'll ever have. It's a very friendly and very safe Country (except maybe K-road in Auckland after dark lol).

How can this program be improved?

Although the staff at IEP are amazing, friendly and helpful, it would be better if there could be at least one person to contact via phone or E-mail after office hours and on weekends (who can respond at that time). Having the IEP office open on weekends would also be good, but if you just have one or 2 staff members available to contact, that would be great! That being said, the staff were always there for me and very quick Monday to answer any weekend questions I had.

Yes, I recommend
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Unforgettable Year of Adventure, Maturing and Memories

First something about IEP. Because clearly there is no exceptable way to say the work and travel year wasn't worth the time and money. You MUST do something similiar to this!
But this should be a review about IEP;)

-Everybody of the team was super friendly
-They responded very fast within the working days
-They had great and fun activities in the major cities like Wellington Auckland and Queenstown.
-Their presentation about working and traveling in New Zealand had a lot of information and was very interesting and fun too, but a little to fast and much to take notes while listening.
-They had some good money-off-deals with other companys
-Their help with the taxnumber-stuff was very good!
-They could help you with everything! Means of transport finding. Visa for further travelling. Bank account setting. Sightseeing. Work search.

-I couldn't contact them at all on the weekend. In my opinion it should be mandatory that they can help me all around the clock for the price i paid.
-To get serious help for work you had to be directly in Auckland.
-Their website were they put jobs from the internet on were fastly outdated and could also be found with ease by yourself. They should've listed jobs there you couldn't find normally. Otherwise i see no point in that list.

In overall: It was very nice to have a person to talk to and someone you could almost always contact and support you. You felt a little more safe. Especially when you just arrived to New Zealand and had no clue about anything. But except the very good help with the taxnumber you could basically manage everything by yourself and would save a lot of money. And i got to know a lot of people who actually did this.

In the end some of the best stories from my travels.
A lot of the Kiwis seem to be very friendly and open, help you with out you asking. I think New zealand is a very safe country to travel around. And not just because there are no dangerous animals.
One good story was when my buddy and i tramped for 400km through the bush and we got picked up by a family with kids in a campervan, with which we ended up playing cards in the back and stop for lunchbreaks together. Then when our paths went in different directions we waited in super heavy rain next to the street for another car. One actually picking us up although we were soaking wet. We drove until it was night time and he offered us to stay with him the night. We found out he's living with his grandma who cooked us a lot and even gave a friend 20$ that he would drive me and my buddy to our car in the bush. We paid everything back the next days. To feel like family with completly strangers was a amazing experience!

One cool thing was when me and my friend dicided to climb a "random" hill in the mountains we saw in the distance. We waded through icecold rushing mountainrivers, foggy-wet plains and warm cowshit. Without following any path. Such a wonderful experience! I felt like an explorer:)
Camping on 1700m with the sight to the highest mountain of New Zealand in a veery cold night and watching the sunrise above the mountain ranges the next morning, watching the sky turn form darkgrey to white, yellow, pink and bright orange; and the sun finally warming up our stiff bodys was absolutly incredible!
Apart of everything I grew independent, more open to other people and confident on my travels.
Convinced to travel to new zealand? ;)
It is for people who want to see natures best side in the most safe way. Don't expect good nightlife, except campingfires on the beach:D

No, I don't recommend
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Good for a first time abroad

IEP New Zealand provide great support and hints and great advice for preparation before you arrive into the country, especially if it's the first time you spend a long time abroad. If you are an experienced traveller who doesn't mind a little bit of adventure in figuring out things, then it's not necessary to go for IEP and their support; but if you want a bit more of peace of mind (and if you want to save a bit of time), go for it as their staff is friendly and offers a wide array of useful services.

Yes, I recommend
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This is the most beautiful place on earth !

Well New Zealand is amazing ! And the Kiwis ? They are awesome. I knew before I arrived that the country was incredibly beautiful, scenic and wild. Yes, it is true. But the people, the Kiwis, are great, as great as the Mount Cook. They are so nice and friendly. I will always remember how easily I traveled and I hitchhiked in this country. I never tried hitchhiking before (too risky in Europe and people will think you are a hobo) but someone told me and convinced me. It is so easy and safe in New Zealand. The Kiwis are friendly and helpful and make your travel amazing. My travel was amazing, because of the landscape, and because of them. New Zealand has so much to give and to share, this country will remain in my mind.

Yes, I recommend
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beautiful nature

It was a rainy and cloudy day. I put my boots and jacket on and planned to look for a job. But when I saw the ocean I changed my mind and chose to walk to the famous mountain. The artist I have met a day before said to me the mountain was not as far as it seems to be. I can walk to there. It will take me just 2 hours. I think that is ok if you have great landscape to see.
So I took my map started to walk straight to the mountain. While I walked through a village it started to get warmer, the sun was shining, the clouds were disappearing more and more and I was sweating more and more. I took off as much as I could but my feet were burning as hell in these boots. I got really really tired after 20 minutes, the hostel where I slept was not too far to go back but I did not want to give up. So I walked further, did not know where I was, had no water left, my mind is on standby while the sun is walking just next to me.
After a while, I do not know what time it was and how much time had passed, a car stopped next to me.
"Hi", said the woman in the car. "I saw you an hour ago over there and now you're here... I guess you need a ride to the mountain?!"
"Yes", I whispered, because my mouth was to dry.
I jumped in and we talked about our family. Sometimes some thoughts like "Are you crazy? What are you doing in a stranger's car? this woman could be your murderer or worse someone who is going to sell you!! LEAVE THAT CAR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.!!"
But my instincts said that this woman next to me is just doing me favor. So it was. I arrived ten minutes later at the mountain.
I climbed up and had the most beautiful view I will probably ever get in my life. I started to cry. Not because of the view but of women. The first time I saw that someone is doing a favor for someone else because - yeah, just because.
The hope that there is something like humanity, trust and charity is not dashed. Nature is not dashed.

No, I don't recommend
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Sweet As!

I returned back for a longer backpacker experience. I traveled solo, thou it was daunting and scary. I met some lovely friends along the way from different countries. I worked in a variety of jobs and I gained new skills. I miss NZ lifestyle, it is soooo laid back. Working hard pays off when you reap the rewards of the social lifestyle. If you want to a limo to take you to do skydiving, I highly recommend Taupo Skydive (was the pink plane). I conquered my fear of heights and jumped out at 12,000ft :D And I wanted to do it all over again. Napier is a beautiful place, so relaxing and chilled back. Plus it is art deco :) I spent my summer months there twice during farm work. Arthur's Pass, Hanmer Springs and the Hobbiton is defo worth a visit.

Yes, I recommend
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NZ is an amazing place

My girlfriend and I had an amazing and unique experience living on the south island and I managed to get a job delivering mail on a motorcycle which was fantastic!

I missed NZ the moment we left and still do to this day. Definitely will be going back to visit in the future.

How can this program be improved?

Really no issues that I can speak of, everything went pretty smooth.

Yes, I recommend
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The kind of support you need

I joked about getting the 'job of my dreams' at Hobbiton Movie Set before I left home. My friends laughed it off, as I do have quite a nerdy streak. But, low and behold, I saw jobs advertised through the IEP facebook page and 11 months later it feels good to have, quite literally, lived the dream, had the support to sort out all of the daunting tax/bank details that my jet lagged brain struggled with, and have a base to check in with wherever I was in NZ for work/CV or travel bookings. Heaps of help!

How can this program be improved?

There could be smaller offices and drop in centres in other cities as well as Auckland. That way, people may be able to get a local insight into jobs in different areas- particularly on the South Island.

Yes, I recommend
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Kiwi Camping

Me and my friend got to know some awesome Kiwis and we decided to go camping over Christmas/New Years on their own discovered Campsite. Such a big FUN! We had BBQs , went out for fishing every day, drunk some beers with friends who came over, danced the whole night in a Pub and watched stars afterwards. That was the best way to celebrate this time of the year!
We moved into their flat. Spend there our last month before traveling. It finally ends up, that my friend and one of the guys felt in love for each other. Now after nearly a year, they are still a couple, rent a little house and giving me a great reason to come back once. :)
New Zealand is changing a life!

Yes, I recommend

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