Working Holiday Visa

New Zealand has working holiday scheme agreements with many countries, allowing you work in and explore our great country.

Living the dream

Japanese snowboard enthusiast Kenji Fukushim loved his working holiday in Queenstown. 

Diaries Down Under

There are many reasons why New Zealand is favourite destination for young travellers. The landscape is beautiful, our urban centers are generally safe and the Kiwi people are friendly and welcoming. We’re travellers ourselves so know what it’s like to immerse yourself in a new country and culture.

Every year hundreds of young people apply for New Zealand working holiday visas, and spend a year or two working in New Zealand.

Clean & Beautiful

A warm welcome

Eligibility and requirements

Working holiday visas are available to young people, usually aged 18-30, but 18-35 in a select few countries. They let you travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months, or 23 months if you’re from the UK. You need to have a return ticket, or enough money to pay for one, and be coming mainly to holiday, with work being a secondary intention.

Available schemes

New Zealand has working holiday schemes with the following countries

More information

This page is only a summary. Read more about working holidays on Immigration New Zealand's website.

If you're looking to work or stay longer, or come to New Zealand for a purpose other than a working holiday, there may be a more relevant visa you should consider.

Apply for a working holiday visa | Immigration New Zealand

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Interested in coming to New Zealand?

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Page last updated: 15/06/2016

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