7 Reasons to take a Gap Year in New Zealand

A gap year in NZ, an incredibly culturally diverse country. Here are 7 reasons why you should take your gap year in New Zealand.

#1 Gain life experiences during your gap year with Kiwi Experience

How long do you plan on holding on to that bucket list? As they say, there’s no better time than the present! Travelling with Kiwi Experience is a doorway to explore some of the most stunning locations in the world.

One of our favourites, Queenstown, has been coined the adventure capital of the world. This picturesque town, deep in New Zealand’s South Island, is home to AJ Hackett Bungy, the first commercial Bungy jump in the world, as well as NZone Skydive, the world’s first tandem skydive, the Shotover Jet, named ‘The World’s Most Exciting Jet Boat Ride’ and many more adventurous and adrenaline-filled experiences.

If you’re a Lord Of The Rings fan, and travelling New Zealand’s North Island, what would be better than climbing ‘Mount Doom’? Or a visit to the Hobbiton movie set itself? Or experiencing the majestic world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves?

For those adrenaline-junkies, jumping off underground waterfalls with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. is something you don’t want to miss.

These are unique life experiences you simply can’t get anywhere else in the world, but just a taste of what you can enjoy on your Kiwi Experience.

#2 Cultural experiences you will never forget with Kiwi Experience

Another incentive a gap year provides is the opportunity to see how people and different cultures live in different parts of the world. Discover Maori culture, from visiting Tamaki Maori Village, to Hāngi feasts (hearty food cooked in traditional Maori style, underground and steamed).

So why not step out of your comfort zone and get a new perspective on life? Adapt to a different culture in a new environment, a different climate and currency.

#3 New Zealand is a great place for personal development

What we hear most frequently from our Driver Guides, and one of the most rewarding aspects of being a Kiwi Experience Driver Guide, is being witness to the 'transformation' of travellers by the end of their experience. Many, if not all, grow as a person, and the change is evident for all to see.

Confidence and wisdom builds from trying new things, finding comfort in unfamiliar surroundings, embracing the unexpected and meeting new people.

#4 Improve your language skills as you travel

If your home country is a non-English speaking nation, have you always wanted to improve your English skills or speak the language more fluently?

Spending a year in New Zealand gives you plenty of time and opportunity to practice your English. Although New Zealand is one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world, everyone speaks English. We highly encourage those who want to improve their skills to spend as much time with English speaking people, rather than spending all your time speaking your native tongue.

#5 Add value to your CV/resume with a gap year in New Zealand

Apart from the adventure aspect of a gap year in New Zealand, you also have the opportunity to gain international work experience. Whether working on a farm as a sheep shearer, fruit picking at numerous orchards across the country, or at the New Zealand embassy – you will gain invaluable international work experience.

Being the most experienced youth travel network in the country, the Kiwi Experience team can provide advice around seeking working holiday visa information in New Zealand and answer any questions you may have.

#6 A gap year might just give you an academic head start

Did you know, research has shown students who took a gap year, achieved better results at school once they return? Expanding your life experiences, being able to think about your future career and moving on with your study with a fresh start can really improve your personal growth and academic development.

#7 Make friends for a lifetime

One guarantee we can confidently make, is no matter where you will travel, or work, you’ll never be alone with Kiwi Experience. One of the true highlights of travelling is simply meeting other like-minded travellers and creating life-long friendships along the way.

Kiwi Experience is New Zealand’s leading backpacker adventure bus hosting backpacker travellers from all walks of life, and from all over the world. If you are planning to take a gap year in New Zealand, talk to the experts at Kiwi Experience – we’ll make it as easy as possible for you. The hop-on hop-off system means flexible guided travel for your gap year, which is what a gap year is all about!

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