Gap Year

New Zealand


Paid Gap Year in
New Zealand


Experience all the thrills and adventures of a New Zealand Gap Year with a paid position in a leading school.  

With bustling cities, stunning scenery and endless adventures, it’s no surprise New Zealand is a popular gap year destination. Filled with mountains, lakes and glaciers, New Zealand has everything to offer. Whether you want to spend your time bungy jumping over the Waikato River, exploring the Māori culture with a trip up Mount Hikurangi or relaxing on the 15,000 kilometres of coastline, New Zealand has it all.

Our New Zealand gap year programs are designed for individuals between 18 and 25 years old who want to explore the Middle Earth. It’s the perfect opportunity to take an organised adventure after graduating from high school or before entering the workforce. Immerse yourself in the local environment, explore Maori culture and discover over 15,000 kilometres of breath-taking coastline throughout your gap year.

How Letz Live Prepares You for Your Gap Year

New Zealand is one of the most popular gap year destinations. Its stunning scenery and bustling cities have something to offer whether you prefer fast-paced adventures or laidback exploration. We’re partners with renowned schools across the North and South Islands, making your gap year preparation easier.

Our gap year program includes the following:

  • Complimentary food and accommodation
  • NZ$150 to NZ$250 weekly allowance
  • Visa application assistance
  • In-country orientation
  • Ongoing support

Our partner schools may organise tours and excursions for their students. As a gap assistant, you may be invited to join these adventures. You also have the freedom to explore the country during weekends and holidays. You can meet up with many other Letz Live gap assistants and tour the country.

Explore the Land of the Long White Cloud

‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ paints an image of endless adventures. It’s a suitable nickname for New Zealand, where different types of adventurers never run out of things to do.

Water lovers can go snorkelling with turtles in Byron Bay and white-water rafting on the Kaituna River. Nature lovers can go mountain biking in Rotorua and take a backpacking trip on Kahurangi National Park. City lovers can check out the arts and culture scene in Wellington.

Your paid time off also gives you the opportunity to discover Maori culture — read their stories carved out into wood and stone, dance the haka in different occasions and learn the idea of whānau (family) and become part of the tribe.

Of course, New Zealand is also a go-to destination for Tolkien enthusiasts. Step into Hobbiton, the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movie set, in Matamata. Climb Edoras and prove that the valley and snow-capped mountains are not CGI. Go kayaking on the Pelorus River and get Bilbo’s perspective on escaping from the wood elves in the second “Hobbit” movie.

Experience all of this and more on your gap year in New Zealand.

Why spend on a tourist vacation when you can take a paid Gap Year?

Sometimes, you just need to get away from your everyday life to figure out what you want to do. The people at Letz Live get it. Our founder, Nick Hare, opened our company in 2004 when he realised the life-changing effect of a gap year. He spent a year in the UK and, upon returning to Oz, decided that he wanted other young people to have the same experience. Our gap year programs let you explore another country while still being productive.

Explore the best that New Zealand has to offer beyond the confines of a two-week vacation or a one-month trip. Spend a whole year in the Land of the Long White Cloud working in a local school and immersing in the country’s true culture.

Fill out an application form for our gap year programs today.

Applications for January 2021 are still open! Make a good decision, take a gap year.


Opportunities Still Available!

Lucky you! New Zealand Gap Year applications are still open. Due to the recent world events, we made the decision to extend our usual March deadline to those who are genuinely interested in a life-changing, resume boosting, jaw-dropping gap year to New Zealand! This picturesque destination is now COVID-FREE and we are  expecting an increase in applications. The sooner you apply the better. Letz get going!


Placements for our New Zealand Gap Year Program commence late January and mid July.


Our New Zealand Gap Year Program typically requires a commitment of 11 months. From time to time, some schools may require placements to be shorter than 6 months.


In addition to complimentary food and accommodation, participants can expect to receive between NZ$150 and NZ$250 per week as an allowance throughout the school term.

Lewis B review

"I’ve had no regrets on my gap year and would certainly recommended it for anyone in decision whether to go ahead with it. I’ve made lifelong friends with many people I’ve met here, from all over the world- some Kiwi, English, Australian and South African. I have also learnt many important life skills – interacting with adults and learning how to conduct myself in a professional workplace. Some may feel also a bit daunted at the fact you are going away for a year- one year is a long time but the school holidays break up the year and it just flies by. I’ve never felt homesick and you just get used to living here! Letz Live have been great in organising this opportunity for me."

Lewis B
Greta W review

"When one year ago I considered taking a gap year, the prospect of spending one year on the other side of the world away from family and friends seemed scary. And it is – in the beginning at least. But it is 110% worth it. I have always enjoyed traveling and meeting new people. On my Gap Year I have travelled the North and South Island of New Zealand thoroughly, visited Melbourne and Sydney and went to Samoa as well as Hong Kong. Thinking about how much I have experienced, how many amazing and inspiring people I have met whilst traveling and working and how many lessons I’ve learnt it just seems surreal. I would do it again any day.”

Greta W
Josh S review

“Without a doubt, my gap year has been the best thing I have ever experienced. I was given the opportunity to become a role model for the hundreds of children at my school. As a young man who loves his sport, I’d have to say the highlight of my working year would be the time I spent helping to coach the under 10’s rugby team to premiership victory. If you’re looking for a life-changing experience, then a gap year with Letz Live is definitely the way to go.”

Josh S
Mitch S review

“Letz Live has been a real asset for my gap year. As an (initially) inexperienced traveler, it was great to fly with a group of other ‘Gappies’ and the Letz Live team. Our accommodation and transfers were all organised for us in advance, but more importantly, Letz Live provided invaluable advice and a wealth of traveling experience. I’ve benefited the most from this ongoing support throughout the year. Its great to have Letz Live contact us regularly to help us organise our flights and tours (not to mention the discounts they have provided us with)“.

Mitch S
Sam W review

Taking a year out and travelling to New Zealand has been one of the best decisions that I've made. I've had the opportunity to live and work in a school where I was instantly welcomed and made to feel part of a community surrounded by people who are iincredibly friendly and hospitable. Sport is one of my passions and the college has provided a platform for me to develop my coaching skills. This opportunity provided me with a school-tour to Canberra (Australia) coaching the schools First XI cricket team. I have made what I hope to be lifelong friendships with people from all over the world - Kiwi's, South African's and even Australian's!


Sam W

BEST YEAR OF MY LIFE!! Even better than I could have possibly imagined. I left the UK full of uncertainty and worry. But now looking back I don’t regret a thing, perhaps not having enough time to do all I wanted, from going over the Tongariro crossing to Bungee jumping in Queenstown to traveling around the globe at Christmas. It’s near impossible to pick out an individual highlight, but the thing I will look back on most fondly is the experience of being a gap assistant especially at my school - which was fantastic. The sense of independence yet still having someone watch over you is the perfect way to begin adult life. Meeting so many new people eases the burden of leaving all your friends and family at home, and with technology makes it easier to keep your family updated of what you do. Anyone reading this who is unsure of whether to do a gap year or not, think of it as a leap of faith; if you jump you will not regret it and if you pass up the opportunity you’ll be left regretting it for the rest of your life !

Michaela  review

Exactly 353 days ago, I left my family, friends and everything else I knew behind to explore another country with people I had never met. Little did I know that this would be the greatest decision of my life. 

Not only has New Zealand shown me some of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, but it has also allowed me to grow as a person in so many different ways. The freedom of a gap year has made me more financially responsible and helped me figure out all the things I want and don’t want out of my university experience in the years to come. 

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not always easy sailing. There’s ups and downs at work, with your roommate and other gappies you spend loads of time with but all in all the pros by far outweigh the cons.

I wouldn’t change anything at all.


Just 18 days after finishing school last July I found myself on a plane to New Zealand and about to start the most incredible year of my life. I’m working at a school in Christchurch as a Gap Assistant, helping out in areas such as sport, the Learning Centre and of course in the boarding house.

I’ve had the most incredible opportunities at the school: coaching rugby alongside an ex All Black, being taught how to row by an Olympian and getting to explore some of the best countryside New Zealand has to offer. And all whilst being paid! I’ve also been travelling during the school holidays. 

 Of course, it’s not all play and requires a lot of hard work at times, but it has been so unbelievably worth it.


My time here has been amazing, not only have I learnt more things about myself, like how to be more independent but also about how to see from other peoples perspectives better. New Zealand  has been amazing and it is so beautiful, especially in the ways that you would not expect, for example how clear the stars are here or how rapidly the scenery can change over the course of a few miles.

I've seen amazing places and this year has definitely changed me for the better which I've been very grateful for, and in that aspect I'm sad to be leaving because I know how much here has made me happy but I am also looking forward to seeing my friends and family at home and starting university soon.



The New Zealand Gap Year Program includes:

  • Your placement as an assistant at a leading New Zealand school, carefully selected by our team (we visit our host placements annually to ensure their continued suitability to host our participants)
  • A dedicated ‘Country Coordinator’ and 'Program Manager' who will be your key point of contact in the lead up to and throughout the full duration of your placement with us
  • Ongoing and unlimited support from our New Zealand based team
  • In-country orientation course upon arrival, including 2 x nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast and welcome dinner
  • The opportunity to see and explore Auckland during orientation
  • Visa sponsorship (required to partake the program)
  • ‘Duty of Care’ course in conjunction with the Australian Boarding School Association as required by the Australian Boarding Standard
  • Local New Zealand mobile phone SIM card
  • Discounted travel insurance policies and tour rates throughout New Zealand, Australia, the South Pacific islands and throughout South East Asia
  • 2 x complimentary international money transfers and instructions for establishing a New Zealand bank account
  • Plus much more!


Applicants for our New Zealand Gap Year Program must:

  • Be aged between 18 and 25 years old at the time of their arrival into New Zealand
  • Have a valid passport from their home country
  • Have no serious pre-existing medical conditions
  • Have no prior convictions, with the ability to provide evidence as required
  • Have completed secondary schooling prior to arrival in New Zealand
  • Be willing to undergo a medical examination as part of the visa application (if required by New Zealand Immigration authorities)
Affordable & Inclusive


Application & Program Fees

All of our gap year programs are subject to a non-refundable application fee which is payable at the time of your online application. The application fee includes all costs associated with the processing of your application and interview.

Only applicants who are offered and subsequently accept a placement will be charged the remainder of the program fee.

 Region of OriginApplication FeeProgram Fee
Africa (inc. South Africa)R 990.00R 19,900.00
Australia & New Zealand (and everywhere else)AUD $125.00AUD $2,690.00
Europe & United Kingdom £ 50.00£ 1,250.00
Application Procedure


To apply for this program, you’ll first be required to share a bit about yourself by completing an online application form and uploading your photo. Be sure to include as much detail as possible! This will help us to secure the right placement for you.

So, you’ve completed the form. What’s next?

Once we receive your application, we’ll contact your three nominated referees and ask them to complete a confidential online evaluation form regarding your suitability for the New Zealand Gap Year Program. Once we’ve heard back from each of your referees, we’ll get in touch with you via email to arrange a time and date for your face-to-face interview.

Following your face-to-face interview, we hope to be in a position to discuss your application with the ideal school for you in New Zealand!

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Below, you will find the answers to some commonly asked questions regarding our New Zealand Gap Year Program. Can’t find the answer to your question? Get in touch with one of our friendly team today!
All destinations are served by our Country Managers in addition our our local in-country staff. Unlike other organisations, all our staff are full time - paid employees and are on hand to assist you should the need arise. The Country Manager is your point of contact prior to, during and following the completion of your gap year with Letz Live. Thunk of us as our new friend in New Zealand. We even greet you at the airport when you arrive and drop by your placement school to say hello!
The call is yours! We’re always available should the need arise and can offer you all of the support (or space!) that you may require throughout your placement. Having experienced a gap year ourselves, we understand that sometimes you need a sounding-board and other times you might like to be left alone to experience everything first hand. Either way, we're only a phone call away if you need us.
Absolutely! With access to some of the best airfare rates and travel deals available, we can even provide significant discounts on comprehensive travel insurance policies as part of your visa requirement.
Assuming that you have applied before the application closing dates stated above, we will aim to notify applicants as per the below schedule:

• January Intake: Applicants notified between June to August
• July Intake: Applicants notified between February to March
Program fees are reinvested into the organisation to facilitate ongoing participant support and promotion of our programs. Our goal is to offer opportunities to those travelling on a budget by ensuring that program fees are kept to a minimum.
During the school holiday periods, you’ll be able to explore and travel around New Zealand at your own leisure. Why not make the most of our amazing flight deals and take a quick trip to see Australia, Fiji or even South East Asia? The world is your oyster!
Unfortunately, due to the nature of school placements, we are unable to guarantee that you will be placed with a friend. But don’t let this stop you! There will be plenty of opportunities to explore and travel together during school holiday periods.