Working Holiday Visas

New Zealand has working holiday scheme agreements with many countries, allowing you to work in and explore our great country.

Every year hundreds of young people apply for New Zealand working holiday visas, and spend a year or two working in New Zealand.

Eligibility and criteria for working holiday visas

Working holiday visas are available to young people, usually aged 18 to 30, but 18 to 35 in a select few countries. They let you travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months, or 23 months if you are from the UK or Canada. If you apply for a 23-month visa, you must provide a General Medical Certificate.

Employment conditions

You cannot accept a permanent job offer while on a New Zealand working holiday visa. Employment conditions vary between the different countries. Check the details for your country’s working holiday visa scheme. 

Studying and training courses

With your working holiday visa you can study one or more courses for up to 6 months in New Zealand. For example, you could study English for up to 6 months, do a Study Abroad programme for up to 6 months, or a short training course in New Zealand.

Note

You need to:

  • have enough money to pay for a return ticket, and
  • be coming mainly to holiday, with both work or a short amount of study your secondary intentions.

Changes to working holiday schemes for 2022

On 21 August 2022, the New Zealand Government announced changes to help increase access to working holiday makers who want to travel to New Zealand. This means that more people can come to visit and work in New Zealand.

As part of these changes the caps for the capped working holiday schemes will double for 2022. Capped schemes which have not yet filled for the year had their cap doubled on 8 September 2022 and remain open. Other schemes have a specific re-opening date which can be found below.

Reopening dates for capped working holiday schemes

The below table has information about the re-opening dates and extra places for capped working holiday schemes that have already filled and closed, or are close to being filled for 2022.

Country Re-opening date Extra places to be added on re-opening
Malaysia 8 September 2022 1150
Uruguay 13 September 2022 200
Argentina 15 September 2022 1000
Chile 22 September 2022 940
Taiwan 29 September 2022 600
China 11 October 2022 1000
Hong Kong 18 October 2022 400
Brazil 20 October 2022 300
Vietnam 25 October 2022 100
Mexico 27 October 2022 200
Philippines 1 November 2022 100
Hungary 3 November 2022 100
Slovakia 8 November 2022 100
Austria 10 November 2022 100
Poland 15 November 2022 100
Lithuania 17 November 2022 100
Peru 22 November 2022 100
Turkey 24 November 2022 100
Portugal 1 December 2022 50

More information about the re-opening of the Spain Working Holiday Scheme will be available on this page later this year.

Capped schemes with open spaces that doubled on 8 September 2022

The below table has information about capped working holiday schemes that still have open spaces. The cap for these schemes doubled on 8 September 2022.

Country Extra places added on 8 September 2022
Korea 3000
Czech 1200
Singapore 300
Israel 200
Estonia 100
Slovenia 100
Latvia 100
Thailand 100
Croatia 100
Luxembourg 50
Malta 50

This page is only a summary. Read more about working holiday schemes for the following countries and territories:

Working Holiday Visa Schemes

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

 

Other visa options

If you are looking to work or stay longer, or come to New Zealand for a purpose other than a working holiday, there may be a more relevant visa you should consider:

Explore other visit visas

Explore work visas

Explore study visas

Start planning your trip

Once you have applied for your working holiday visa, it is time to start planning your trip. Explore these two useful Government websites to learn more about visiting, working and living in New Zealand.

100% Pure New Zealand — the official travel website

Live and Work New Zealand — a guide to living and working in New Zealand