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:

Available working holiday visa schemes

At 10am (NZDT) on 14 March 2022, the following working holiday schemes will open to applications: 

Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA, Japan. 

All others will open on a rolling basis.  

When you can apply for a working holiday visa

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

New Zealand Now — a guide to living and working in New Zealand