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Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF) in New Zealand

Those participating on a WWOOF exchange (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) in New Zealand can only do so if they hold an ‘open’ work visa, such as a Working Holiday Visa.

Working Holiday Visas

Participating in a WWOOF exchange, or other similar arrangement, is considered paid work under Immigration Instructions because participants would be receiving something valuable (food and accommodation) in exchange for their work.

This work does not meet the minimum requirements of an acceptable job offer under Immigration Instructions because the payment participants would be receiving for their work (food and accommodation) does not meet New Zealand minimum wage legislation. Therefore, a foreign national cannot be granted a visa to undertake work in WWOOF in New Zealand.