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New Zealand Working Holiday Visa Information

New Zealand has working holiday agreements with:

Argentina, Austria , Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile (under negotiation), China, Croatia (under negotiation), Cyprus (under negotiation), Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, United Kingdom, United States of America

Working Holiday Schemes are generally reciprocal arrangements that in most cases allow people aged 18 to 30 years, to spend up to 12 months on holiday in the host country.

In general, each country enables you to:

  • stay for 12 months
  • work for a period of time 
  • study for a limited time

To be eligible you are required to:

  • show enough funds for your first few weeks in the country
  • have a return ticket or enough money to pay a return ticket or onward fare
  • be between 18 and 30 years of age at the time you apply
  • not be accompanied by dependent children
  • meet character and health requirements
  • hold a New Zealand passport


You can find more details on Working Holiday Schemes on the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Simply search their website for your home country to find the relevant information.

With a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa, you can do one or more courses of study as long as their total duration does not exceed six months.

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The International Wanderer aims to provide you with up to date and accurate information. However, content is submitted by writers/wanderers from all over the globe. Sometimes we will get it wrong. Furthermore, working holiday and other visa opportunities and requirements (or numbers allocated) may change. New working holiday agreements are constantly being negotiated between countries. We suggest that you contact the nearest consulate or embassy of the country you wish to visit to ensure you have the most recent and accurate information. For further information about this website see our Terms & Conditions.