Gap Year in New Zealand

If you are a thrill seeker looking for a perfect gap year destination that would combine the best of volunteering, traveling and adventure activities, then surely New Zealand is the place to be! The diverse islands of the Southern Hemisphere are full of vibrant cities, gorgeous landscapes, warm people, and amazing ambiance to spend a considerable period of your life while discovering the world beyond your comfort zone. Considering nearly 600 small islands, New Zealand is a pretty big country to be explored. Hence, the best idea would be to venture across the Northern Islands and the Southern Islands, separately. Go Discover Abroad has affordable gap year tours in the country and you can choose which part you wish to explore, or maybe you can just club both of them together and experience the best that it has to offer!

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General Questions

Can I know a little more about the Visa requirements?

All travelers need a valid passport and Visa to gain entry and travel all through Australia. You can get in touch with the local embassy or your consulate for most up-to-date Visa requirements also. Citizens or passport holders of Australia, UK, and countries operating under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) do not need a Visa to visit New Zealand. If you didn’t come across the name of the country in VWP list, then you will need to apply for a Visitor Visa online which will allow you to holiday in New Zealand for up to Nine months.
 

Can I join the program as a solo traveler or do I have to be in a group?

Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, or have a romantic getaway with your partner- our programs will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.

I am a single traveler. Will I be charged a single-supplement?

Most of our adventure tours do not have a single supplement. This means that accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis, and if you are traveling alone, you’ll be sharing a room with another one of GDA’s traveler of the same sex. What could be better than bonding with your new travel mates and making amazing new friends along the way of your journey? 

Some tours have optional single supplement for couples and solo travelers and a private room can be availed at an extra cost. The cost and details vary by trip so we suggest you to get in touch with your coordinators regarding the same beforehand. 
 

Will I get to know others in my group before I travel?

If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to the New Zealand, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
 

Can I get some help with buying a Medical and Travel Insurance?

You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
 

Do I need to book extra nights of Hotel Accommodation before or after the tour?

Yes! We always advise our travelers to get some pre-nights and post-nights booking done if they want to explore more upon arrival or continue with their travels after the tour ends. In most cases, we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels, excluding European tours. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.

Are Airport transfers included?

Most of our adventures, apart from the volunteering programs do not include Airport transfers. We advise our travelers to arrange for a Taxi on Arrival as it is the most economical and efficient way to go about this. If you would prefer a pre-arranged transfer, we can provide the same for you at an additional cost from your point of Arrival. Do get in touch with your coordinators for more information. 

What are the vaccinations I need to take for traveling in New Zealand?

We advise our participants to get in touch with their physicians regarding vaccination requirements and get the ones as instructed. Though there are no mandatory shots required for traveling in New Zealand, it is best to be sure that you are up to date with the routine vaccines like Tetanus, Diphtheria, Mumps etc. The Centre for Disease Control also suggests that travelers get immunizations against Hepatitis A and B depending on your activities, duration of stay in NZ and country you’re traveling from. 

How much extra money will I need to carry?

You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling in New Zealand. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 60-70 USD per week is more than sufficient barring the extra costs of add-on activities. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in the New Zealand, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity. We also advise all our participants to keep an emergency fund of 200 USD only to be used in case of an emergency, if one arises.

What should I pack for my travels to New Zealand?

You will be on the move a lot so our advice for you is to pack light. Casual wear is generally the way to go when you’re traveling in New Zealand. In summers of New Zealand sun glares back hard, so it is advised to pack in cool, breezy lightweight clothes in breathable fabrics during the summer months of December-February. Nights might get a bit chilly for some people coming from tropical countries, so it’s better to pack in a light outerwear. During winter temperatures vary in the different regions and in many places it takes quite a dip in the mountainous areas. Lightweight winter jackets and scarves are a must to pack in for winter time (June-August) and if your itinerary takes you to the hilly areas of NZ in the South, do pack in a good woolen sweater and windcheater jackets.