How to plan and prepare for a working holiday in New Zealand

Munro Beach, South Island

Step-by-step guide

There's no better way to immerse yourself in the Kiwi culture, learn English, gain valuable work experience, and life experience than by doing a working holiday in New Zealand. The trip of a lifetime starts the all-important working holiday visa. If you are eligible to apply for a working holiday visa, then you can start planning your dream trip. We can help you make it a reality.

Follow our step-by-step guide below to help you plan and prepare for a working holiday in New Zealand. Don't forget to browse our website for lots of free information.

1. Get informed

4-5 months before your trip

First, you need to see if New Zealand is right for you. Do some research to answer the following questions.

2. Get applying and booking

3-4 months before your trip

Now, it is time to make this trip real!

3. Get ready to go

1-2 week before your trip

Are you excited yet? There are a few things to prepare before you jump on the plane.

  • Pack your bags. Here is some advice on what to pack.
  • Talk to us! By this point we will have talked via email and sorted out some paperwork together. We can organise a Skype meeting to go through what to expect when you arrive at Queenstown Airport and you can ask us any questions you may have. Otherwise, you can always email us. We are happy to help.

4. Get on your way

Time to fly!

We can't wait to meet you in Queenstown, New Zealand.

  • What to expect when you arrive in Auckland Airport.
  • With our Starter Pack, you will get: Airport transfer, 3 nights in our hostel, SIM card, Job workshop, Bank account, Access to Internet, IRD number, Luggage storage, New Zealand CV, Welcome pack, Introduction to NZ, Bar crawl voucher, Mailing address, Job vacancies board, and much more...
 
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