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Working holidays in New Zealand

‘If they’d only stop searching for that darn ring, they’d realise that JENZA makes getting your working holiday visa, moving to New Zealand and finding a job simple,’ muttered Gandalf.

Work and travel in New Zealand with IENA and JENZA for 12 months.

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Why do a working holiday visa New Zealand?

Backpacker-friendly employers, a high minimum wage and spellbinding scenery – New Zealand is working holiday magic. A New Zealand working holiday visa allows you to do casual or career jobs – giving you the flexibility to fund your adventures with ski season, vineyard or hospitality jobs, or grow your career or trade in Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington. Plus, Brits can now apply until they’re 35 and extend their visa for up to three years. (Millennials rejoice!)


Roadtested arrival week

We use our roadtesters’ experience to shape yours. Which is how we know your first week sets you up with everything you need to live and work in New Zealand.

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Unlimited Job Hub access

The worst part of job hunting? All of it. Which is why we source and vet hundreds of jobs. Interview before you go, when you land and for your whole visa.

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Yes to no stress

From applying for your New Zealand working holiday visa to included essentials like your tax number and New Zealand bank account – we work out the details.

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Work New Zealand | £1,159

We provide the working holiday visa, pre-arranged job and arrival support you need to live and work in New Zealand.

Starting in Auckland, spend the first week of your working holiday with travellers like you. With seven nights’ hostel accommodation, job workshops, day trips, nights out and a three-day Bay of Islands trip included – it's everything you need to start working in New Zealand. Plus, meet your future flatmate/vanmate/life partner (possibly).

You can then head off to start your working holiday job. Or, hit the road to explore, picking up vetted jobs on our Job Hub as you travel. (Oh yeah, we also include a car and camper buying workshop in your first week. Thought. Of. Everything).

To be eligible for a working holiday visa in New Zealand, you must be aged 18-30 or 18-35 (nationality dependent). Which means you must submit your application before your 31st or 36th birthday. Most European passport holders will be issued with either a 12 or 24 month visa. For the full list of eligible passport holders and duration, check here.

JENZA will issue your visa for you. Visas are issued electronically and typically take 2-3 weeks. Once approved, you have 12 months to enter New Zealand. You can apply year-round.

You don’t need to have a job lined up to apply for your visa, but you must be able to prove you have NZD $4,200 in support funds when you enter New Zealand.

Good times for working holidaymakers, New Zealand has one of the highest minimum wages in the world (NZD $22.70 an hour) and post-pandemic, jobs to fill.

Your visa allows you to work anywhere in the country and pretty much do any type of job – from casual to career work.
Typical working holiday jobs include working in hospitality, tourism, sales, retail and seasonal work such as fruit picking and working in vineyards (quietly does a responsible drinking ‘yay’). Hospitality and farm work often include discounted staff accommodation – making them a great option for saving money, making friends and living in epic locations.

You can also work in industries related to your career, education or trade – such as construction, finance, marketing, nursing, beauty and everything between. Here your earning potential will be higher – especially with up to three years with the same or multiple employers to build up your experience and skills.

Our seven-night welcome week starts in Auckland and is run by our JENZA HQ. You'll then head up to the Bay of Islands with our legendary sidekicks, Kiwi Experience. For the full itinerary, head to the In-country inclusions tab below. If you're arriving early and need extra bed nights, just let us know.

2024 dates 21 Apr | 19 May | 23 Jun | 21 Jul | 11 Aug | 15 Sep | 22 Sep | 13 Oct | 24 Nov | 01 Dec | 15 Dec

Our welcome weeks get booked out, so we'd recommend booking Work New Zealand with a deposit to secure your spot.

  • New Zealand working holiday visa + application support
  • Bank account, IRD (tax) number set up, New Zealand SIM card
  • 1-on-1 help finding a job when you land + CV assistance
  • 12 months’ job, travel planning and accommodation support
  • Airport transfer
  • 7 nights’ hostel accommodation in Auckland and Paihia
  • 3-day Bay of Islands trip with beaches, waterfalls and bush walks
  • Optional sailing trips, scuba diving, sea fishing and more
  • Some meals and drinks included

Flights We don’t recommend booking flights until your visa is approved.

Support funds (NZD $) You are required to show proof that you can access NZD $4,200 on entering New Zealand.

Travel insurance To cover against cancellation, we recommend taking out comprehensive travel insurance as soon as you book.

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What our New Zealand roadtester had to say

Before you’re even let loose on one of our JENZA experiences, it’s trialled by either a JENZA roadtester or member of our Youth Advisory Panel. Because if it didn’t fly with them, it’s sure as heck not going to fly with you. Meet Henry, one of our Youth Advisory Panellists and Work New Zealand roadtester.

Upcoming Events

Virtual travel talk | Tue 30 Apr '24 @ 19:00 (GMT)

Working holidays with JENZA - Everything you need to know

Want to go travelling or planning a gap year, but don't know where to go and what you can do? Our escape artists (otherwise known as the JENZA Support Squad) are here to give you the rundown on all our work overseas opportunities.

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Virtual travel talk | Thu 2 May '24 @ 17:30 (GMT)

Intern UK with JENZA - Everything you need to know

What do you get if you cross career goals + travel goals? Whether you're a current student looking to get ahead this summer, need academic credit as part of your degree, or you're a recent grad needing professional work experience - Intern UK is a slam dunk for your resume. Find out more, meet the JENZA team, and ask all your questions at our virtual travel talk.

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Free virtual info event - Wed 22 May '24 @ 19:00

Summer Camp USA - Everything you need to know

Spend your summer living, earning and having the time of your life as an Activity Specialist or Camp Counsellor in the USA. Job placement and new BFFs included. Join our travel talk for the need to know on visas and how JENZA helps you land a job before you go.

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Let's talk New Zealand

Get some facetime with our amazing JENZA Support Squad. When they’re not posing for pool pics, they’re making your work aboard adventures happen with their endless enthusiasm and mad traveller skills. These include: parent whispering, visa geekery and the ability to pack a backpack in 30 seconds flat.


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