Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand

About this visa

This visa helps young people come to New Zealand to either study for up to 6 months, work up to 12 months or travel non stop for 12 months. 


Participating countries

New Zealand has made Working Holiday visa agreements with the following 45 participating countries:

If you are a Citizen of New Zealand and are considering a Working Holiday experience in one of the participating countries above see where your Passport can take you!


With this visa you can

This visa allows you to:

  • Live in New Zealand for up to one year (For UK and Canada you can live in New Zealand for up to 23 months)
  • Work while traveling through New Zealand
  • After you arrive in New Zealand, you can come and go from New Zealand as many times as you like before your visa expires.

Things to note

  • You can only apply for a Working Holiday Visa online.
  • You can’t accept a permanent job.
  • You can’t bring children with you on a working holiday. If you have a partner who wants to come to New Zealand, they’ll need to apply for their own visa.
  • You must come to New Zealand within 12 months of the date your visa is granted.

Conditions

  • You must provide proof of your identity (Your passport must be valid for at least 15 months after you first arrive in New Zealand)
  • You must be in good health (You may need to do a chest X-ray test if you are from a country that do not have a low incidence of tuberculosis (TB))
  • You must be a good character
  • You must be between 18-35 years old (35 including)
  • You must have a flight ticket home or enough money for a ticket home
  • You must have at least $4,200 for your stay (A bank statement must be provided)
  • You must not have had approval for a New Zealand Working Holiday visa before
  • You must have full medical insurance for the length of your stay

Note: The visa conditions outlined above are subject to change without notice.


How to apply

  • Normal processing time: Up to 30 days (Closed due to COVID-19)
  • Visa fee: 280 NZD
  1. Gather documents (See above visa requirements)
  2. You apply online here
  3. New Zealand Authorities may ask for evidence to support your application
  4. New Zealand Authorities make a decision about your application

The immigration authority in New Zealand for processing Working Holiday visa's is New Zealand Immigration.

Go to: New Zealand Immigration


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If you are seeking advice about Working Holiday visa's drop a comment below and we will be happy to answer any Working Holiday & Youth Mobility visa question you have! We are travellers too! 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand”

  1. Hi i’m Mexican 29 and want to know some more details about the new Zealand visa as it seems quite vague

  2. Hi! me and my partner are looking to apply for a working holiday visa in New Zeland. We are from Argentina and were wondering if there is any chance we can apply together and both get it, since there are few vacancies.

  3. Hello
    I’m in New Zealand and currently I’m doing an English course. I intended to stay here for 90 days (=no visa). However, I would like to stay a bit longer and get a Backpacker job on a farm.
    Please let me if there is any typ of visa that allows me to do that.
    Many thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Maui, thanks for asking. What country are you from? I’d be happy to prepare a guide/walk-through on how to submit an application. 🙂

    2. Hello!
      Hope you are doing well. I am from Mexico and I just found out about this working holiday visa opportunity, but Im 33, so I cant apply anymore. Do you know if there is any other kind of visa?
      Thank you so much!! 🙂

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