What is a New Zealand Working Holiday visa?


Many countries, including New Zealand, have Working Holiday visas. Young people from certain countries who are in a specific age range can come to New Zealand for 12 months under this permission. This way, they can enjoy their vacation and work in New Zealand to cover some of their expenses.  Note that it is not currently possible to apply for this visa from outside New Zealand.

We will explain the definition of a New Zealand Working Holiday Visas visa, its requirements, application process, list of the allowed countries, and more.


What is a New Zealand Working Holiday visa?

New Zealand has a working holiday scheme agreements with many countries, and many young people can apply for it.

This visa allows people aged 18 to 30 who live in some countries (in some countries 18 to 35) to stay in this country for up to 12 months and work while spending their holiday. However, citizens of the United Kingdom and Canada can stay in New Zealand for up to 23 months under this visa. Note that those planning to stay in New Zealand for 23 months on this visa will need a General Medical Certificate.

To be eligible for the New Zealand visa, you must:

Have enough money to pay for your return ticket.

Your main goal is to spend the holidays, and working should be the next priority.

A very important point to note is that since August 2020, the application for working holiday visas within New Zealand has been temporarily closed.

Young individuals in the countries listed below can apply for a New Zealand Working Holiday visa:


Argentina Austria Belgium Brazil Canada
Chile China Croatia Czech Denmark
Estonia Finland France Germany Hungary
Hong Kong Ireland Israel Italy Japan
Korea Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Malaysia
Malta Mexico Netherlands Norway Peru
Philippines Poland Portugal Singapore Slovakia
Slovenia Spain Sweden Taiwan Thailand
Turkey United Kingdom


USA Uruguay Vietnam


People who want to apply for this visa should pay attention to the following:

  • You can only apply for this visa online.
  • You can work under this visa, but you cannot accept permanent job offers.
  • Your job offer must be legal.
  • You will not be allowed to invest in New Zealand under this visa.
  • You cannot bring your child to New Zealand under this visa. Your partner must also apply for a separate visa.
  • You have 12 months to enter New Zealand from the time your visa is issued.
  • In New Zealand, you can travel in or out of New Zealand as long as your visa is valid.
  • You can participate in training courses that are less than six months.
  • You must have full medical insurance while you are in New Zealand.

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