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.

  • Back in November we did the Tongariro Norther Circuit track and it was nothing less than glorious and felt exactly like stepping right into the #MiddleEarth. 
All those dark rocks and wastelands, steaming mountain slopes, the smell of sulfur in the air and just that feel of something bigger than you. 
Even though, we got some rain, cold winds and annoying sandfly attacks (at the first campsite by the stream), the track was mesmerizing and magical every step of the way. As beside the latter, it also offered the most beautiful night sky I've ever witnessed and the most breathtaking views. Though sadly, for all its beauty, the mountain also claimed the sacrifice of beloved #rayban sunnies. 😎

We did the track anticlockwise and if I had to choose I would do so all over again. Mostly because I prefer the solitude in our hikes and this option allowed us to enjoy it for most of the way during the 3 days on a track. Though this spot at Emerald lakes was exactly the place where we had to pass the crowds of day walkers doing the Tongariro crossing. While I have nothing against it, it is much more enjoyable wandering the mountains all by yourself (well, maybe sharing with few others) rather than walking in a crowd of hundreds  of other people (who are always always somewhere in your shot). Lucky for us, we only shared the track with others for an hour or so while passing through the crowd at the Red Crater. The crowd finally passed and we got back to our solitude of enjoying the view of Emerald Lakes, Red Crater and mountain peaks which were followed by the way down the Devil Stairs and incredible sunset with a stunning view of Taranaki at a distance. 
Anyway, I guess what I wanna say is - if you ever have a chance, go and do the Northern Circuit!
  • When I get the feeling that something's going wrong, I just take a stroll through my photos and they immediatly bring me back to those special moments when everything in the universe lined out just as it was supposed to and nothing could ever ruin it! And that's enough to just grab and hold on to that happiness that will forever be mine.
  • Well here's one more photo of this amazing lady and her heart-warming smile! I sure miss those evening strolls by the river in Hoi An where life never stops.
  • How really relative is time? 
Seems like over the past year and a half of travelling I've lived more than a decade. Yet it has been nearly 3 months since we got back home, settled in new home and started new jobs. Even though time flies by, life seems stuck at one place, like living the same day over and over again. It is hard to get over traveling and facing the steady life reality - like getting over an addiction for new exciting experiences when you itch for a new 'dose'. Yet can't deny that stability has its own perks. 
Still, funny when you think how relative time really is. Sometimes a month can fit experiences of a year and another month can fly by in an instance and you realuze that nothing really happened. Anyway, I've been gone for the past few months but I guess it was part of dealing with my post-travel blues settling in a new steady routine. 
How have you been lately?
  • Wandering those beautiful ancient streets of Hoi An, I couldn't take my eyes away from the beautiful old ladies selling water lanterns. So many stories they could tell, so many people they've met, so many troubles they've endured and yet they greet you with a wide smile from ear to ear offering to buy a wish in a form of a river lantern costing just a few cents. No matter what, every night you'll find them in their usual spot - day after day, year after year just trying to make a living. It amazes me how after all their troubles and worries, and all the rude passers by  encountered, they still manage to smile at you with all their kindness offering to buy that one lantern for a wish which eventually will help their family wishes come true, or at least will let them put a meal on a table. Even if you don't buy, don't forget to treat one another with a kindness and a smile.
  • So this one finalize my series of the camping shots I took back while doing the Tongariro Northern Circuit. 
Funny story: while I spent the night outside shooting stars, a guy came out of a nearby tent. I silently said "isn't the sky just incredible?" He got startled as appearantly didn't notice me before. Then he took a look up and said 'yeah, it really is'. After a few minutes just staring at the sky he went to the outhouse toilet and back to sleep. 
Only in the morning I heard him telling a story to his friends how he woke in the middle of the night wishing to quickly take a piss just outside the tent as was too lazy to go to the toilet. But it was when a girl out of nowhere interrupted him and made him look up at the stars. Eventually he ended up having to go to the toilet in the middle of the night but if it wasn't for me, he said he may have never seen the beauty of that incredible sky.

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