Working Holiday New Zealand

How to prepare and apply for Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand?

October 17, 2018

Prepare for the application

So you have decided you want to apply for the Working Holiday in New Zealand? If you have already checked and you meet the requirements for the visa, you are one step closer to the adventure in New Zealand.

Preparation will differ depending on your origin country: some countries have an application open all year round with unlimited quota, while others have limited spots which are usually filled within minutes of application opening (like it was for us – Lithuanians). However, some steps remain the same no matter what.

  1. Grab your passport and make sure it is valid at least for 15 months, since your intended entry to New Zealand date.
  2. Have a second valid ID – National ID card, Driver License or Birth Certificate.
  3. Have a valid Visa or Mastercard credit card ready with sufficient funds for the processing fee.

In case your country has an unlimited quota, you are lucky as filling in the application will be pretty easy. However, in case you, just like us, come from a country with a very limited quota, sign up for our newsletter and get the special insider tips & tricks for securing your visa for New Zealand!


How to fill in the New Zealand Working Holiday Visa application?

The application form is really easy to fill in, just follow step by step instructions on the website and you’ll be done with it in no time. However, below are our detailed instructions to guide you through the process.


  1. Create an account with Immigration New Zealand.Login or create account wit NZ Immigration

Login - registers for working holiday visaNew user account

  1. After registering and logging in to your account, under Working Holiday Visa press Click here to apply. Select your origin country from the list. The list will show the status of application either Open or Closed for each country. In case application for your country is currently closed, check the date and time when the application opens and come back when it is available. If all good, choose Apply Now to agree with Terms and Conditions and start your application.New Zealand Working Holiday Visa applicationNZ WHV application selection country list


You can check the date and time of opening here by simply typing in your country name and the drop-down for visa suggestion will come up. Select it, press View details & Apply.New Zealand Working Holiday Visa scheme Lithuania

You’ll be taken to page with all the details about this visa, including the date when it opens.


  1. If the visa application is open, start your application. First, fill in the Personal section:
  • Complete Personal details Make sure to fill in all mandatory fields marked by exclamation mark and press Next at the bottom or choose the Identification tab at the top.
  • Complete all details in the Identification section, adding your passport and second ID details and move on to the next tab by pressing Next at the bottom or choosing the tab on the top of the application.
  • Occupation details tab is optional, so if you are from a country with limited visa quota, don’t waste your time and go straight to the Health Otherwise you can include your occupational information.


Note: If you wish to finish later but do not wish to lose the progress, you can press Save at the bottom to save the progress and Complete Later at any time. Though progress usually is saved just by pressing next or on the other tab as well, so no need to waste time on pressing Save each time moving between tabs.  Still, keep in mind, if you come from a country with a limited quota of visas, there is no time to waste and you should complete the application ASAP trying to secure your spot.


  1. Fill in the Health section. Make sure to select correct answers from the drop-downs relating to your health and only after confirming your answers are correct to move on to Character section.


  1. Complete the Character section selecting Yes or No from the drop-downs in relation to your criminal records and past offences against immigration in any country. In a rare occasion, before granting a visa or upon your arrival to New Zealand you may be asked for documentation to prove it. If all answers are correct, move on to WHS Specific.


  1. Answer all the questions specifically related to Working Holiday Visa and your intentions for New Zealand.


  1. Make sure your answers are correct and check the application header to ensure all the sections are completed: there should be check marks next to all the sections, however, if there is any information missing in any of them, you will see a red X mark instead.Working Holiday Visa application form

If needed, get back to the incomplete section and fill in all the mandatory fields and press Save.

Once check marks are next to all of the sections, instead of Save, a button to Submit will appear at the bottom.


  1. After clicking Submit, you’ll be taken to the legal confirmation page, where you will have to read and tick every statement to confirm your agreement. Once completed, press Submit.


  1. If you were successful and managed to fill in the application within the quota, you will be taken to the page for payment, where you’ll have the option to Pay Now or Pay Later. Otherwise, you will be directed to the page stating the quota is already filled.

If applicable, to complete your application, you will have to pay the application processing fee (NZ$208 for most countries, though it may vary, as there is no fee at all for applicants from the USA). Therefore, your spot is not secured until your payment is received.

The amount to be paid will be displayed and in order to proceed, you will have to select Secure Payment Site. You will be asked to provide the payer name, so in case of using someone else’s credit card, make sure to indicate the name on the card instead of yours. On the next page select the card you use between Visa and Mastercard and provide the credit card details to Pay Now.


  1. Congrats! Now you are done with the application part. If no additional details, such as medical examination, chest x-ray and police certificates are required, you should receive your visa within 30 days (period depends from country to country), though usually, it takes way less. However, should such additional details be required based on your application data, you will receive an email with further instructions from an assigned immigration officer within a few days.

Stay tuned for more information on how to complete a medical certificate and chest x-ray part to get your visa!

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    November 7, 2018

    That’s very useful! When can we expect a follow-up post? 🙂

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      November 26, 2018

      Today 🙂 Been very busy travelling last few weeks, so haven’t had any time and internet access to write and post. But today will add information on the medical check up.


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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