Working Holiday visa holders

New Zealand has reciprocal agreements with more than 35 countries allowing people aged 18 to 30 years, and for some countries 18 to 35 years, to work temporarily while on holiday in New Zealand. Working holidaymakers from most participating countries can stay in New Zealand for up to a year. Citizens of the United Kingdom can stay for 23 months.

ALERT

Working Holiday schemes that were scheduled to open have been postponed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19

Working Holiday visas do not require a job offer, so they can work in almost any job. The conditions to work vary according to the country they come from.

Generally, a Working Holiday visa holder can work for between 3-12 months. However they can’t take up permanent employment. While you must not offer a permanent contract, a Working Holiday visa holder can have several jobs with different employers.

You can check a specific migrant’s conditions using VisaView.

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