What types of jobs are available?
Most jobs on a working holiday tend to be short-term and seasonal. These jobs are typically in fields of travel and tourism, hospitality and resorts, food and beverage, retail, manual labor, event set up, etc. Jobs can range from one day to a few months. That being said, it is possible to find more professional work. Just speak with our in-country partners about your work goals and they can point you in the right direction and provide resources for your search. In Australia, you can only work for the same employer for up to 6 months.
How does this program work?
With a New Zealand Work and Holiday Visa, U.S. citizens between 18 and 30 are able to take on seasonal work as a way to help fund travels in a new place. The InterExchange Work & Travel New Zealand program gives you a leg up and transitional support. It's generally not difficult to find short-term positions if you're pro-active, professional, and a bit flexible. You can read more on the concept of a working holiday or drop us a line - we're happy to guide you through the process!
How long will it take me to find a job?
If you are proactive, professional, and open to various types of jobs rather than a specific position, you can find a job quickly! There are many jobs available and most of our participants land their first position within their first or second week.
Can I get a job placement before I get to New Zealand?
Generally, employers won't hire before your arrival in New Zealand but you’re welcome to start going through some of the job search resources!
What are the dates of the program?
There is no set start or end date. You'll decide your exact program dates and you're permitted to stay in New Zealand for up to a year. Most participants purchase a one-way ticket initially. You'll appreciate the flexibility to plan one last camping trip or a stopover in Fiji before your flight home!
If you opt to add the Welcome Week and extra nights of accommodation, then please note that there are specific start dates.
How does the application process work?
Our online application is free to start; with just a few forms and your passport , it's easy to complete. We are always here if you have any questions.
What are the chances that I'll be accepted?
Our Work & Travel New Zealand program is more of an enrollment than an application. As long as you meet the general visa eligibility requirements, you're likely to be confirmed for the program.
What happens after I apply?
After you submit your application, we'll make sure your documents are in order and reach out to you about the next steps.
Once you've been accepted into our program, we'll advise you on getting your visa and set you up with our international partner, who will be there to support you on the ground throughout your adventure in New Zealand.
Can I travel with friends or family?
Absolutely! We often have friends, relatives, or couples travel together on our Work & Travel program. If you go solo, you're bound to meet other working holiday participants from around the world - this is one of the best parts of the program! Your orientation will take place in an upbeat office in the heart of Auckland, where there are many participants connecting with each other about travel plans, jobs, and apartment hunting.
Can I leave New Zealand and re-enter?
Yes. The Working Holiday Visa is a multiple-entry visa, which means you can leave the country and come back during the 12 months your visa is valid.
Do I have to stay in New Zealand for 12 months?
No. You can stay as long as 12 months, but there's no minimum stay. We recommend staying for at least six months in order to get the full experience.
Can I extend my Working Holiday Visa?
No, U.S. citizens are only eligible for the Working Holiday Visa for New Zealand one time.
Can I take classes while on a Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand?
Yes, you can study or train for up to six months.
What happens when I arrive in New Zealand?
You'll be transported from the airport to your hostel in Auckland, where you'll get two or six nights to recover from your journey and connect with your fellow travelers. You'll then choose an orientation time that best fits your schedule in those first two days. Generally, orientation sessions take place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, but the hostel desk will be able to confirm all upcoming sessions.
Can I work for the same employer the entire time of my stay?
Yes. You can work for the same employer for up to 12 months on the New Zealand Working Holiday Visa, though many jobs are very short term.