Volunteer Opportunities in New Zealand

About Destination and Volunteer Opportunities


New Zealand is an island country consisting of two main islands, as well as some smaller ones, in the South Pacific Ocean, a part of Polynesia. It has a stunning natural environment, beautiful mountains, lakes, fjords, forests and coastline. Notable features include Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Mount Cook, and the Bay of Islands.

Some fun facts about New Zealand are that many scenes of “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movies were filmed there and that it is actually a snake-free country!

Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand. English and Maori are the official languages of New Zealand and the New Zealand Dollar (NZD) is the official currency.

New Zealand offers an exceptional range of activities that attract more and more young people. This altogether makes New Zealand an ideal country for adventure and nature lovers. This country is also famous for its commitment to environmental conservation and sustainability!

Advice before volunteering in New Zealand

It is essential to check the visa requirements for volunteering in New Zealand from your country as it may be different depending on your nationality.

It is also important to always respect Maori culture, the indigenous people of New Zealand. Learning about their culture and customs will help you connect with the local people as well.

New Zealand has diverse climates, so make sure to research the weather conditions in the area where you’ll be volunteering.

Remember to embrace new challenges and be open-minded and adaptable to new cultures and unexpected situations. This will help you to make the most out of your experience.

Is it safe to volunteer in New Zealand?

New Zealand is considered to be a safe volunteer destination as it is known for its low crime rates and friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Nevertheless, you should still exercise caution when in an unfamiliar area.

Requirements to volunteer in New Zealand

In order to volunteer in New Zealand, you must be 18+, have at least proficient English, have a valid passport and have travel insurance. Be sure to check visa requirements as well.


Volunteer programs in New Zealand are mostly focused on eco-volunteering and sports volunteering. It is an especially interesting destination for humanitarian trips for youth. Eco volunteering is important especially because New Zealand is home to many unique species of birds and plants.

Join a Freepacker’s project and go on a humanitarian trip to New Zealand!

infos pratiques


All visa applications should be made at https://nzeta.immigration.govt.nz/


Please check with your doctor or travel clinic in regards to the vaccinations you need for your project destination. You can also check the pasteur institute for the up-to-date health recommendation per destination at


Travel insurance is compulsory to study or volunteer abroad. Please contact a specialised insurance company or your bank to contract a travel insurance before you go.