Working Holiday New Zealand guide
Working Holiday New Zealand

How to get a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa

October 12, 2018

Applying for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa is a rather simple and clear process once started, however, there are still some steps to be considered and completed. It is always good to be prepared in advance. Well, at least if you wish to avoid any unpleasant surprises or disappointments (comes from personal experience).

I remember myself going crazy on Google as soon as we found out that Lithuania signed a WHV agreement with New Zealand. I had developed a new obsession searching for all the possible information on the WHV scheme as well as in general for people’s blog posts on their Working Holiday adventures in New Zealand. So, for those curious ones, we’ve decided to share some guides and instructions on getting yourself to New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa! Yaayyyy!

Though, if you’re undecided yet, check out our post on why you should go for New Zealand Working Holiday Visa.Girl taking in the view of New Zealand's South Island beauty

Let’s start with those big steps and will be getting into details from there on:

1.      Check your eligibility for Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand.

I mean, before even applying, you need to find out whether the visa really suits you as there are quite a few requirements and limitations.

2.      Prepare for the application process.

If you meet all the eligibility requirements, you can start preparing for the filling of the application. This includes getting your documents, funds, and all the details ready. Also, practicing the form filling falls under this section, in case your country has a limited quota of visas.

3.      Fill in the online application on the Immigration New Zealand website and, if successful, make a payment.

I guess it is pretty self-explanatory, just follow the step by step instructions and she’ll be right (as Kiwis say).

4.      Provide medical certificate and chest x-ray, if required.

Afterward, you should receive an email from the assigned immigration officer with further details. These will probably include information whether any medical certificates/chest x-ray is required.

5.      Once you’re granted a WHV, it is time to celebrate, dance on a table, have some joyful shouts out loud and start preparing for the arrival in New Zealand!

However, if you do not fit the New Zealand Working Holiday Visa criteria or were unsuccessful in getting your visa, don’t pity yourself but start digging deeper for other options. You’d be surprised how many other options there are for coming to travel and even work in New Zealand! So, if this is news to you, below are some of the options available. Though you can always find more information about all options on the Immigration New Zealand website:

  • Visitor Visa (apply for a variation of the visa for seasonal work if a shortage is declared by the government. It allows working up to 6 weeks on a tourist visa.)
  • Supplementary Seasonal Employer Work Visa
  • Essential Skill Work Visa
  • Student Visa

I really hope one way or another, you’ll come to New Zealand and enjoy it as much as we do!

Stay tuned for more detailed guides on each of these steps in Working Holiday Visa application. You can also subscribe to our mailing list and get your exclusive insider tips & tricks for securing your visa (if you come from a country with a limited quota of visas).

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    October 15, 2018

    How exactly do you practice the form filling?


Ruta & Algirdas

We're Ruta & Algirdas - storytellers, world travelers, photography and filmmaking enthusiasts. Our best days are spent admiring planet Earth - exploring, tasting, breathing in all it has to offer. Now, after a year spent living van life in New Zealand, we're enjoying the hustle and bustle of Vietnam. Packing bags and embarking on an adventure is easier than it may seem - just have the courage.

  • How can you visit Hanoi without visiting that famous #trainstreet ?! 😅
  • Mornings like today is when I miss that cold, extreamly strong and unreasonably sweet vietnamese coffee the most! #cafesuada

And this was one of the sweetest ladies ever making it by a traditional sock method. Even there was no place, she still invited us in and suddenly two tiny little stools appeared from somewhere so just we could enjoy our coffee sitting down in the shadow, resting from the Saigon's heat!
  • Every little alley in Saigon has its' own secrets. This one actually takes you to one of few remaining apartment cafe buildings. Finding the entrance might be quite a mystery to solve but refreshing iced vietnamese coffee at each of the different cafes there will be more than a reward!
  • For me Saigon is a city that takes time to fall in love with. You may be shocked as well as excited by it on your first days but soon enough it gets tiring, annoying and overpowering with all the heat, mess, traffic and constant hustle. Spend more than a couple of days there and you may start hating it, but it is a thin line between love and hate. I found it took me a month to actually fall in love with all its beauty and its mess, all the flavours, smells, secret corners, people and a different pace of life. Saigon is stunning!
Saigon, I miss you so much!
  • That's once again the previously mentioned abandoned Franciscan Mission in #Dalat and here's the doggo that had as scared for a moment before becoming our buddy for a day! •
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  • That's one of the staircases inside the so-called #CrazyHouse in #Dalat city, Vietnam. While it sure looks like an interesting architectural and artistic object, I guess I would suggest to skip it in case you're a traveler on a tight budget. 
It sure is loved by tourists but for the same reason might not be the kind of attraction that travelers are seeking when looking for authenticity. 
You sure can make a bunch of fun photos out there and while I enjoyed it, it is still not my kind of cup of tea squeezing in with a bunch of tourists on narrow passages trying to wait in line to take a peek inside one of many rooms. By the way, you can actually book and stay inside this house as at a hotel but I don't think it is much fun having crowds of people swinging around trying to get a look of the room you're staying in. Anyway, it sure is a cheap price for an object to visit for a tourist coming just at 2 EUR per person but it can be kind of expensive if you're a backpacker on a tight daily budget of just 8 EUR for everything (like we were). Anyway, we sure enjoyed some cool photos we took out there but if I had to choose again I would probably have skipped it. 🙄 •
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