- Citizen of one of the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, EU
- Be between the ages of 18-30 years old
- Must be outside of New Zealand for the visa application process
- Be a native English speaker or have near-native fluency
- 6 months of international medical insurance
- 6 nights’ hostel accommodation (shared room) and breakfasts
- New Zealand SIM card
- Bank account set up prior to arrival
- Group arrival orientation
- IRD tax number
- 1-on-1 job assistance service, support, and advice
The most common jobs are low-skilled, entry-level jobs. These give you the freedom and flexibility to work part-time and for short periods of time, which will allow you to travel as much as you like! If you have little job experience or are just looking for work as a way to fund your travels, this is the best option.
Hospitality, customer service, and office work are the most common of these jobs, as New Zealand companies report that the high level of service in the US and Canada tends to produce workers who are well-suited for these types of positions.
Jobs in restaurants, bars, hostels, and hotels are widely available for shorter contracts in cities and jobs on farms and WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) are also popular among Working Holiday travelers who want to experience a different type of work outside of a city.
While participants can work year-round in New Zealand, it is good to note peak hiring seasons for specific industries to help plan your start date.
Skilled Professional Jobs
Skilled laborers are in high demand in New Zealand, especially in these fields:
Please note that professional work tends to be concentrated in urban areas.