I recently landed in Auckland, New Zealand on a working holiday visa. New Zealand has been on my bucket list for too long, and I was so excited to be able to get a one year visa to this insanely beautiful country. Here is everything you need to know about the New Zealand Working Holiday Visa.
How to Get the new zealand working holiday visa
The first thing you’ll need to do is apply for the New Zealand working holiday visa. You can do that from the government website. The requirements to get this visa are as follows:
- You must be between 18-30 years old
- Must have a passport and be a citizen of an eligible country
- You must have no dependent children
- No criminal convictions
- You must have never obtained a working holiday visa to New Zealand before
- Must have funds for a return ticket home (though this was not checked when I arrived into the country)
- You must be in good health
That’s it! If you meet these requirements, you can apply for the New Zealand working holiday visa. There was no fee to apply, and mine was granted just a few days after I applied.
When your application is accepted and you are granted the working visa, you will have one year to enter the country. The date that you enter the country is the official start date of your visa. For example, I was granted the working holiday visa on August 30, 2017. I entered New Zealand on October 22, 2017. I have until October 22, 2018 to stay in the country.
This visa also gives you multiple entry – meaning that you can come in and out of the country as many times as you want during that year. But when you leave the country, your visa doesn’t go “on hold.” Your expiration date is always based on the date you enter the country.
When You Get to New Zealand
Starting a life in New Zealand can be easy and seamless, if you know what you’re doing. I’ve started over in other countries multiple times, so you’re in the hands of an expert here.
The first step is to find your accommodation. You can’t do much without a home address, so check out facebook groups before you arrive in New Zealand to secure a place to move in to when you get there. Upon arrival, you’ll want to get an AT HOP card to use public transport. You can get this card at most grocery stores or train stations. Check out all of the Auckland retailers.
Once you have an address, you can open a bank account. You’ll want to do this asap, as you need a bank account to file for a tax ID number. I went with the bank with ANZ Bank. If you get an online account with ANZ, they will waive the monthly fees for your account, and you’ll only get charged for manual transactions (when you go into the bank to do a transaction instead of doing it online or at the ATM).
Finding Work on the Working Holiday Visa
Next, file for an IRD (Inland Revenue Department) number, which is your tax file number. Do this as soon as possible, as you usually can’t start work until you get this number, and it can take up to two weeks to obtain.
Once you have applied for an IRD number, start the job hunt! Finding a job is relatively simple here, as there are lots of companies and not a lot of people. Most companies are open to hiring foreigners on a working holiday visa, especially if you are going for something in customer service or hospitality. Those two sectors are your best bet for finding something fast.
That’s it! Once you have a home, transport, and work, you can start planning out your day trips and holidays around the country. It’s a really good idea to rent out a van and do a road trip around the country if you have time – if you can save up enough money and plan it out before you have to leave the country, go for it!
Otherwise, stay tuned for more on New Zealand.
Let me know in the comments:
- Have you ever been to New Zealand?
- Where would you most want to visit?