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New Zealand travel guide

New Zealand has it all. Whether it's taking to the open road in a campervan, hiking past soaring mountains or channeling your inner adventurer in epic watersports, chilling next to an active volcano, to living in an Insta-heaven, you're guaranteed to have the time of your life. There's no country that screams freedom quite like this little slice of land! 

New Zealand: Living the Kiwi Dream

New Zealand's not just about the sheep, it's about hopping into your campervan, turning up the music and letting the open road guide you to the heart of the ancient Maori nation. Journey to Middle-earth and come face to face with towering mountains, natural beauty and thrill seeking activities. While we can't promise you'll bump into Frodo and his mates, we can definitely guarantee you a jam-packed vacation with plenty of things to see and do.
A high bridge extending from a green mountian with people preparing to bungee jump at the AJ Hackett Kawarau Bungy Centre
Two campervans with interior lights parked on a beach at night

Campervan Rental

Without a doubt, the best way to get around New Zealand is on the road. As scenic as it gets, one could think that the two islands were purposely built for those legendary road trips. Grab yourself some friends, dust off the usb’s for your soundtrack, put them together with a campervan and you’ll come out with feelings of nostalgia, years later.
A group of three friends clinking wine glasses and sitting in large chairs in a green field with a lake in the background

Work Abroad in Auckland

Landing in New Zealand on a working holiday doesn't have to be scary. You can nab all sorts of jobs, from ski instructor to to kiwi harvester, from sales person to grape picker - and you get to make new friends along the way!
A group of friends walking on a beach by mountains, one on the shoulder of another, with another couple in the background

New Zealand Bus Pass

The Kiwi Experience hop-on hop-off bus network is a spectacular way to travel both islands of this great country. Get flexibility, make friends and soak in all the amazing sights of New Zealand with our New Zealand bus passes. 
Three friends taking a selfie next to rolling mountains and trees

New Zealand day trips and city tours

Take on New Zealand's scenic landscapes and adrenaline filled activities with short day trips, tours and excursions. Explore the mountains by helicopter, learn to surf, discover NZ's best wineries and so much more.

Do US citizens need a visa for New Zealand?

Vacation visa

If you’re a US passport holder, you can currently travel New Zealand as a tourist for up to 90 days without a visa. However, if you're travelling after 1st October 2019, you'll need to apply for a ETA (Electronic Travel Authority). This ETA is basically a visa waiver, which costs between $9 and $12 NZDYour passport must not expire for at least 90 days beyond the date you depart from New Zealand.


New Zealand Working Holiday visa

Soak up the true culture of New Zealand by working there! Americans can apply for a Working Holiday Visa, which allows you stay for up to 12 months working and traveling around the country. You will usually get a response within a few days of applying asking for more information or letting you know the decision.  Once approved, you have 12 months to arrive in New Zealand and can work for up to 12 months once you get there.

Visa and entry requirements are subject to change at any time. Please always check the current status with your applicable embassy prior to travel.

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