6 May 2022

Have passport, will travel: young Kiwis head on their OE

From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 6 May 2022
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Growing numbers of young New Zealanders are heading overseas as the borders open. One trans-Tasman company helping young people book working holidays in the UK and Canada says almost as many Kiwis are packing their bags as are Australians.

The Working Holiday Club Chief Executive Natalie Broomfield says enquiries and bookings are well up on pre-Covid levels, with most intending to travel early next year.

She says the number of Kiwi travellers booked or intending to travel is almost superceding the number of Australians, and they're older - now generally between 23 and 28 years old, compared with 18 - 23 before the pandemic.

Ms Broomfield says some UK employers are paying for flights, visas and even accommodation. She speaks with Kathryn along with managing director for Flight Centre NZ, David Coombes.