Teacher travel agencies are set to offer free student travel to Auckland, with a number of new deals announced.
The company that manages teacher travel will be opening a website in the New Zealand capital on Friday to showcase its services, which will include flights, train and accommodation.
It has previously said it was considering opening more centres in Auckland and Wellington, but would need to review how it managed the number of students it was currently taking on and the cost of travelling.
The New Zealand Teachers’ Union said the announcement came after a survey revealed a significant increase in demand for teacher travel.
Teacher travel agencies in New Zealand are also in talks with other travel agencies about expanding their services to Auckland and New Zealand, the union said.
Teacher Travel is also looking to open a centre in Wellington, it said.
Teachers have long struggled to find places to study in New England and in recent years there has been a number new places available, such as Sydney and Melbourne.
Teaching jobs have been at the heart of a housing crisis and a number are now leaving.
The Auckland Central Local Government Area has seen a rise in vacancies in the past three years.
Last year the Auckland Council’s Minister for Education, David Parker, said the Auckland area was “not in the same situation as other cities around the country” and was looking to recruit more teachers.
Teach Auckland has a number schools in the Auckland and Wanaka regions and the agency said it would be a “positive step” for students in the area.