Cricket: Play the mini season in New Zealand


Get a taste of Kiwi life with our Mini Season cricket programme.  Spend a part season with a local cricket club, enjoying our shared accommodation at the heart of the action. As with all Sport Lived programmes, you’ll also make friends for life along the way.

Recommended for:

  • 4 - 13 weeks playing cricket overseas
  • Working on your game in a Kiwi club
  • A taste of Kiwi lifestyle for half a season
  • Boosting your CV with work experience

At a glance:

  • Hand picked Kiwi cricket club
  • Regular matches, training & social events
  • Shared accommodation
  • Staff support throughout your stay

Sporting adventures

The Mini Season gives you the freedom to combine playing cricket overseas with a more flexible duration. Our links with clubs ensure you’ll be matched with a team that suits your ability and your personality.

We also know how much you’re looking forward to life in New Zealand – so we give you everything you need to settle in and enjoy your freedom.

With centrally located accommodation and our friendly local advisors on hand, you can make the most of every minute. Add excellent training facilities and a thriving social scene - life doesn’t get much better than this!

Playing cricket in New Zealand

We have links with a very wide range of good cricket clubs in New Zealand. They all offer a warm welcome and great facilities, so whether you’re a top class cricketer or just want to have some fun, you’ll fit in perfectly!

Club structure

Cricket clubs in New Zealand tend to have lots of teams for men and women plus active junior sections. The top teams at each club play in the highest provincial leagues, whereas lower level teams are more focused on social cricket. Many of our clubs are home to international and provincial players giving you the chance to play (or at least have a beer) with some famous names.

Matches and training

You’ll train 2-3 times per week with matches played at the weekends. Competitions include a number of formats meaning you’ll play a combination of two day and one day matches plus Twenty20 cricket. The season takes a 2-3 week break over the Christmas period, giving you a great chance to enjoy the festivities or perhaps go off and do some travelling.

Off the pitch

With so many members, your club will be a hive of social activity.  There’ll be drinks after training and matches, plus social events throughout the season.  Many clubs also arrange tours, a great chance to get to know your teammates whilst exploring a new part of New Zealand.

Cricket development

Our clubs are selected for their high quality coaching and facilities, helping you to return home as a much improved player.

...and finally

New Zealand’s such a beautiful country especially in the summer. Leave the UK winter behind and come and play some cricket.

Working Overseas

Sport Lived will help you attain part time work to enhance your CV and boosting your bank balance. Working overseas will help you meet new people and provide more structure to your time away.

Top tips for getting work:

  • Plan the type of work you'd like to obtain
  • Gain relevant work experience
  • Prepare a CV and have two references
  • Be proactive 

Employment options:

  • Café/bar work: sociable environment
  • Office work: good rates of pay
  • Coaching: fulfilling and well paid
  • Work experience: boost your CV

Working in New Zealand

You’ll be living close to lots of employment options like offices, shops, bars and restaurants. Your sport club may also help you to find coaching work, whilst your mentor will provide guidance on working in New Zealand

Career Enhancing Experiences

Your Sport Lived adventure is the perfect time to get work experience and demonstrate the skills that universities and future employers look for - your Sport Lived work experience will help set you apart.

Independence & initiative

Sport Lived will provide loads of help when you're looking for part-time work but ultimately it's down to you to get out there and make it happen. Showing a prospective employer that you've managed to find, secure and maintain a job in an overseas country is highly impressive.


Teamwork is at the heart of the Sport Lived experience. Living, playing and training alongside a new group of friends is a great way to develop strong social skills and show that you're a real team player.

Personal development

Joining a new sports club, living in an overseas city and securing a job are exciting challenges that will enable you to grow as an individual, leaving you ready to tackle whatever lies ahead after your Sport Lived experience.

Work experience

Living overseas is a great time to think about gaining invaluable work experience in a field you're considering as a career. Sport Lived participants have volunteered in hospitals, law firms and newspaper offices. Such work demonstrates commitment and initiative.

Social Life

Making the most of your time away

Travelling to the other side of the world to play sport is a truly once in a lifetime experience. So all Sport Lived programmes are designed to make sure that both your sporting life, and your social life, are as action packed and exciting as possible. That’s why you’ll always get…

Social events with Sport Lived

The cities you can visit with Sport Lived are some of the most exciting and welcoming on the planet, and there always seems to be something interesting going on. So to help you make the most of your time away, our local staff organise social events like trips to top sporting occasions, surfing lessons, welcome dinners and loads more besides. They’ll also try to assist you get tickets to events you want to watch while you're away, and give you expert advice on the best things to see and do in the city.

Membership of a local sports club

One of the best things about travelling with Sport Lived is that we arrange for you to join a local sports club. We handpick clubs with lots of members and different teams - some of whom have regular social events. Some clubs may offer preseason tours, and in the past some clubs have organised welcome events for new players. Trust us, you’ll feel like an old hand within a few days and the other members will make sure there’s never a dull moment!

A great place to stay

We offer programmes in some fantastic cities, and we know that to make the most of your time away, you need to be right in the centre of the action. So we make sure that your accommodation is centrally situated - and easy to get to all the best cafes, restaurants, bars, shops and pretty much anything else you’ll ever need.

Like minded sports mates

Having a few friends to share your experiences with is a huge part of any foreign trip – they make the whole experience loads easier and loads more fun. So you’ll always be near other Sport Lived participants - that way you’ll have a ready-made group of friends from the minute you step off the plane!


1. What type of visa do I need?

New Zealand Working Holiday Visa

If you would like to obtain paid work during your programme you will need to obtain a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa. UK citizens aged 18-30 are eligible for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa which enables holders to live and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months.  It costs around £150 and can take up to 4 weeks to process so we recommend getting the paperwork sorted well in advance of your departure.

Visitor’s Permit

If you don’t plan to find paid employment in New Zealand and have a British passport, you will need to obtain a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA)  This is available for citizens of 60 visa-exempt countries and is valid for 90 days or 6 months if you hold a British passport. For more information see the Travel & Visa section in the About Us area of our site.

2. What is the standard like?

Sport Lived offer programmes for players and athletes of all abilities. Therefore, whether you play at a high standard or not, a Sport Lived programme is perfect for you. A desire to play the sport you love in a spectacular new country is all you will need!

Homestay Accommodation

We arrange for all Christchurch players to stay with a welcoming host family in Christchurch. You’ll live close to your sports club and the city making it easy for you to travel around. Breakfast and an evening meal are provided leaving you with plenty of time to work hard on your game and enjoy all that Christchurch has to offer!

At a glance:

  • Quality homestay accommodation
  • Located close to your sports club
  • Daily breakfast and evening meal provided

Home from home...

You’ll have your own room in a beautiful house where you’ll live with a host family. Free Internet and two meals a day are also included in the price of the programme. 


Situated on New Zealand’s picturesque South Island, Christchurch is home
 to all our programmes in the country and blends all the ingredients for an amazing adventure. Despite being the largest city on the island, Christchurch has a compact centre and laid-back atmosphere. It’s packed with green parks, the River Avon meanders right through the centre and you’ll find plenty of pubs, clubs and restaurants in which to unwind.

Christchurch is a gateway to all the attractions this part of the world is famous for, including long sandy beaches, ski resorts and world-class vineyards.

As for sport, there’s an abundance of heritage here with Super Rugby champions the Canterbury Crusaders being the most successful union team in the country. Not to be overshadowed, Christchurch’s hockey and cricket teams also excel. 

Top things to do in Christchurch

1. Watch the Canterbury Crusaders
2. Do a jump in Queenstown
3. Visit Hanmer Springs

What’s included?

Sports Club
Membership to a quality sports club in Christchurch
✓ The opportunity to play and train with top New Zealand sports players

Homestay accommodation
Breakfast and evening meals (Monday- Friday)
✓ Free internet

Overseas Staff Support
✓ Airport collection upon arrival
✓ Staff support
✓ Transport to the airport for your departure

Trip Essentials
✓ Sport Lived clothing
Information pack upon arrival
✓ Introductory travel pass
✓ Sport Lived New Zealand handbook

Social Events
✓ Regular overseas social events e.g. surfing trips and tickets to great sporting events*
✓ Social events with your sports club
*The social events arranged for our participants are dependent upon the length and time of their programme. Our participants are informed of these social events during their programme. ​

And finally…
✓ The sports experience of a lifetime!

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Prices and Dates...
Location Duration From To Accommodation Price
Christchurch 12 weeks 28/09/2020 20/12/2020 Homestay £ 5055 Book Now
Christchurch 12 weeks 04/01/2021 28/03/2021 Homestay £ 5055 Book Now

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