New Zealand Working Holiday Visa – The Complete Guide

backpackers on a working holiday visa in New Zealand

New Zealand is a sought-after destination for many working holidaymakers!

Every year, countless young people travel to New Zealand to spend a year or two working and soaking in the country and its exciting culture.

The beautiful scenery, friendly people and relaxed ambience are what attracts many working holiday-makers.

In this guide you will learn more about:

 
The New Zealand Working Holiday visa is very popular among young people who come here for a working holiday!

If you are planning on travelling and working in New Zealand, we have everything you need to know about the working holiday visa explained in detail in this guide!

New Zealand is now accepting 2022 Working Holiday Visa applications. Learn more here.

What is the New Zealand Working Holiday visa?

The working holiday visa allows young people aged 18-30 (or 35, depending on their nationality) to temporarily work and travel in New Zealand and experience the lifestyle of the locals.

Residents in a number of countries can avail of this visa and travel around the country for a year or two.

New Zealand has signed working holiday agreements with many countries across the world.

You may apply for the New Zealand Working Holiday visa if you are from one of the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • UK
  • USA
  • Uruguay
  • Vietnam

 
With this visa, you can work and travel for up to 12 months or up to 23 months depending on your country of origin.

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Am I eligible for this visa?

In order to be eligible for this visa, you must fulfil a number of requirements including:

  • You must be 18-30 years of age, but if you are from a few selected countries, you may also qualify if you are 18-35
  • You must be in good health and provide a General Medical Certificate if you plan to stay for up to 23 months
  • You must be of good character- no previous criminal convictions
  • You must have medical insurance for the duration of your stay.
  • You have a return ticket or sufficient funds for the return flight.
  • You must have a passport that is valid until up to three months after you plan to leave

If you are applying for a working holiday visa, working in New Zealand should be the secondary reason for your stay in the country.

This visa is a multiple entry visa meaning while it is valid, you can leave and re-enter New Zealand as many times as you wish.

aerial view of New Zealand

What are the financial requirements for this visa?

You will need to prove that you have sufficient funds to meet living costs while you live in New Zealand.

You also need to show a return ticket to your home country or the adequate funds to purchase one. A copy of your bank statement is sufficient proof of your funds.

The funds required may vary depending on your nationality:

  • You will need NZ$ 4,200 for a 12-month stay if you’re from the UK
  • You will need a total of NZ$ 7,000 if you’re from Thailand
  • You will need a total of NZ$ 2,250 if you’re from Malaysia or Singapore
  • If you’re from any other eligible country, you will need NZ$ 4,200 total funds

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What type of job can I get in New Zealand on a working holiday?

Many people wait until they arrive in New Zealand to start their job search.

But for peace of mind, many may choose to have a job organised for when they arrive in New Zealand.

There are no restrictions on the type of job you can get in New Zealand.

However, it must be temporary and work must be your secondary reason for your visit to the country.

Depending on your occupation you might be required to have a registration or license to practice it.

How much time can I spend working in New Zealand?

The amount of time you can spend working under this visa depends on your country of origin.

You can work in New Zealand with this visa for up to 6 months if you’re from any of the following countries:

  • Spain
  • Austria
  • Malaysia

 
You can work in New Zealand with this visa for up to 12 months if you’re from any of the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Estonia
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • Belgium
  • Finland
  • Japan
  • Norway
  • Taiwan
  • Brazil
  • France
  • Korea
  • Peru
  • Thailand
  • Chile
  • Germany
  • Latvia
  • Philippines
  • Turkey
  • China
  • Hungary
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • UK
  • Croatia
  • Hong Kong
  • Luxembourg
  • Portugal
  • USA
  • Czech Republic
  • Ireland
  • Malta
  • Slovakia
  • Uruguay
  • Denmark
  • Israel
  • Mexico
  • Slovenia
  • Vietnam

 

If you’re a Canadian resident, you can work in New Zealand for up to 23 months, depending on the duration of your visa.

If you’re from Singapore, you may Work in New Zealand for up to 6 months.

You can do this by taking part in an agreed exchange between your place of study and a New Zealand university or polytechnic.

You can also do this by arranging your own employment with a New Zealand employer.

The New Zealand working holiday visa allows you to study for up to six months while in the country.

woman looking at natural surroundings in New Zealand

What do I need in order to work in New Zealand?

New Zealand IRD Number

You will need to get a New Zealand IRD (Inland Revenue Department) number in order to work in New Zealand. If not, you will pay emergency tax on your earnings at 48%.

Once you have your IRD number set up you will pay tax at the normal rate of 29%. 

Visa First can send you a New Zealand Taxsaver pack with a step-by-step guide for getting an IRD number.

Apply for your IRD number today!

New Zealand Bank Account

Visa First can help you set up a New Zealand bank account.

This means you can start working and getting paid as soon as you arrive in New Zealand.

You can also transfer money to your account before you even leave home and access it as soon as you arrive in New Zealand.

New Zealand Accommodation

We offer a Kickstart Arrival pack that includes an Airport shuttle bus transfer to your first accommodation, your accommodation and breakfast for two nights at the Auckland hostel.

You can choose between a night in a 4-bedroom, a single bed in a 2-bed room or a double room.

New Zealand animals among natural surroundings

How To Apply For A NZ Working Holiday Visa?

Easy! You can apply for your New Zealand Working Holiday visa with Visa First.

Visa First is the world’s leading provider of visa processing and immigration services.

We provide easy and convenient services for our customers all over the world.

Our visa specialists can take care of the tricky application forms and documents associated with arranging travel visas and permits.

If you are ready to apply for a New Zealand Working Holiday visa, our visa experts will take care of everything for you!

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