Work and travel in New Zealand: International Experience Canada

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For all essential travel, check travel advisories and requirements before you leave Canada.

Follow all additional local public health measures while travelling.

Stay informed when you return to Canada.

Fun facts about New Zealand

  • The first ever bungee jump took place in New Zealand.
  • New Zealand’s national symbol is the kiwi, a nocturnal flightless bird with nostrils on the end of its large beak.
  • The legendary scenery from Lord of the Rings was filmed in New Zealand.

What New Zealand offers

New Zealand is home to some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, including spectacular glaciers, rugged mountains, glittering waterfalls, beautiful subtropical forests and miles of coastline with gorgeous sandy beaches. New Zealand offers several United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage sites to visit.

If you’re into the outdoors, go cycling on the New Zealand Cycle Trail where you can cross into national parks and enjoy the constantly changing scenery. If you prefer being in the water, go surfing on the beautiful beaches or snorkel along the reef.

New Zealand is a culturally diverse nation with a strong indigenous Maori presence and the people are known to be down to earth, friendly and welcoming. English, Maori and New Zealand sign language are the official languages.

Who can apply?

To work in New Zealand through the Canada Working Holiday Visa you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen
  • be 18-35 years old (inclusive), and
  • have a valid Canadian passport

Other requirements may apply, check New Zealand’s website for more details.

What type of work visa do I need?

You need to apply for a Canada Working Holiday visa.

You can apply for a 12 or 23 month visa.

While in New Zealand on the Working Holiday Visa, you can also study or train for up to six months in total.

Do I need a formal job or internship offer?

No, you do not need a formal job offer (pre-arranged contract of employment) or a formal internship offer.

You cannot accept a permanent job.

How long can I stay and work?

You can stay and work in New Zealand for up to 23 months.

You can participate in New Zealand’s Working Holiday program once.

How do I apply?

You can apply online through the New Zealand immigration website.

Plan your trip

The best way to make sure your trip is the experience of a lifetime is to plan. Review our travel checklist to find out what you should know or do before travelling to and working in a foreign country.

Need help planning? One of IEC’s recognized organizations (ROs) might be able to help you find a job, transportation, and provide travel advice.

Most ROs charge a fee for their services.

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