New Zealand
2-23 months
Working Holiday Visa

Working Holiday in New Zealand

It's time to travel to the land of Kiwis!


Whether you plan on becoming a city slicker in Auckland, a ski instructor on the powder slopes of Mount Olympus or a fruit picker on the South Island, however, let us help you get a running start on your Working Holiday adventure in New Zealand!

Even though people often compare New Zealand to Canada due to its similarly breathtaking nature and the friendliness of its people (affectionately called Kiwis), things are not quite the same in New Zealand.

This is your chance to explore New Zealand like a local while living and working abroad with GO International!

Great news: Our partner’s offices are now in Auckland and Queenstown! You can choose either of them to start your adventure!


You will be given step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a Working Holiday Visa (Furthermore, why spend hours trying to figure out how to apply when we’ve already done it for you?)

You will be provided with emergency support (so your parents won’t have to lie awake at night worrying about you)

You will be provided with assistance for the whole duration of your stay from your GO International travel experts and a local partner organization. Imagine having a tour guide/program advisor at your disposal! (“When do I need to file my taxes? Where is the best place to eat sushi? How do I buy a car here?”)

You will get a JOB FAST – we give you one-year access to hundreds of job leads and offer personal job assistance from friendly and experienced staff members.

You will be invited to join a detailed orientation on arrival and fun social activities with other backpackers. (Why search for your future roommate or travel buddy when you can meet them during your first week abroad?)

Get special discounts on travel and fun things to do (Whether you’re the type that likes to fly by the seat of your pants or plan ahead – you can get great prices with us).

Working holiday in Zealand


Typical Jobs Available on a Working Holiday:

  • Hospitality (Restaurant, kitchen, bar, catering)
  • Retail
  • Farm Work (Wwoofing, fruit picking, harvest)
  • General Labour (Building, construction, landscaping, warehouse work, cleaning)
  • Delivery jobs
  • Child Care (Au Pair, tutoring)
  • Office Administration
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* The Working Holiday visa is an open work permit and allows you to apply for any job you are interested in and qualified for. Nevertheless, some employers might be reluctant to hire staff on a limited visa.

Assistance from GO International travel experts pre-departure, while on the program and after return to Canada

 Instructions on how to apply for the New Zealand Working Holiday visa

Access to Online Members Portal and Online Job Board 21 days before arrival

2 nights in a central hostel in Auckland (incl. breakfast and priority check-in)

Airport transfer to hostel

Detailed welcome orientation/information session

Free Auckland City Tour

NZ SIM Card and NZ Phone number included (Number sent out pre-departure)

23 months of job assistance and access to Online Job Board

23 months of multilingual assistance and office resources in Auckland

23 months full access to Auckland Travel Centre.

Toll-free 24/7 emergency hotline

FREE fax, photocopying and scanning

Registration for New Zealand IRD Number

Private mailbox in Auckland

Free internet access at office in Auckland

Assistance with opening a bank account

Access to discounted travel and hotel offers

What’s not included:

Working Holiday Visa fee

Airfare and transport

Travel Insurance

Personal expenses


  • You are a Canadian citizen residing in Canada
  • You have a valid Canadian passport
  • You must be between the ages of 18 and 35 (and must not turn 36 before New Zealand issues you your working holiday visa)
  • A clean police record
  • Intermediate or better working knowledge of English
  • Have never previously entered New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa
  • A bank statement that certifies you have access to at least $4,200 NZD (ca. $3,700 CAD) in available funds
  • Medical insurance for the duration of your entire trip
  • Meet health and personal character requirements
  • You must not have any dependent children

Note: With the Working Holiday Visa, you are allowed to stay in New Zealand for either up to 12 months or 23 months. This package includes services for up to 23 months. If you apply for the visa for up to 23 months, you will have to provide a medical exam/x-ray during your visa application.

6 Unique Things to Experience in New Zealand:


Ka Mate Ka Mate Ka Ora Ka Ora! Enjoy a wonderful evening of Hangi, History and Haka on this great night time tour of a traditional Maori village. You’ll have the Haka in your head for ages afterwards!


Tandem Skydive from 15000, 12000 or 9000 feet and freefall at 124kph over New Zealand’s most scenic resort – Queenstown. Once the chute opens, you’ll have time to marvel at the stunning mountain landscapes as you glide peacefully to the ground.


Where the bungy phenomenon all began and with the people who started it. Bungy options are available for every level of adrenaline junkie from the original 141ft Kawarau Bridge leap to the massive 439ft Nevis Highwire.


Milford Sound is a must see as it’s tagged as the “most beautiful place in New Zealand” and the “eighth wonder of  the world.” The Sound is actually a fjord surrounded by high rainforest-covered cliffs. Rainfall is some of the highest in the world and temporary waterfalls cascade up to 328 feet into the water. Watch out for seals, penguins and dolphins, who are regular visitors to the area.


World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, these caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list. The glow worm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light while experts guide you through and inform you of their significance.


Rangitoto is Auckland’s most iconic island, with its distinctive symmetrical cone and superb location just off the coast. Only a short scenic ferry ride across the harbour from downtown Auckland, the island is a favourite destination for hikers and day-trippers. Emerging unexpectedly from the sea some 600 years ago, it is the youngest and largest volcano in the Auckland volcanic field.

If you’re travelling for the first time and would like more support, you’ll never feel alone in a new country with our program. Whether it’s a list of all the things you need to do at tax time or simply a friendly face… Our program is ideal for Canadian travelers moving to New Zealand for the first time, just like the well-traveled explorer.

If you’re looking for a memorable travel experience that connects you with employment opportunities and provides 24/7 support, then choose Go International’s Working Holiday Program in New Zealand.

This depends on your own preferences and timeline. Both our packages include the service and assistance from GO International before your departure and our New Zealand partner in Auckland.

Silver Package: 12 months services
Gold Package: 23 months services

We can’t guarantee you a job, however GO International and our team in New Zealand will do everything to assist you with finding one as soon as possible!

The three magic words for finding a job in New Zealand are: Flexibility, openness and initiative. As long as you are open to making small compromises, potentially move to a different place for your dream job and put yourself out there, your chances of getting a job quickly are very high!

We have a database of reputable employers in the New Zealand travel and hospitality industry who have a great reputation for providing travelers with rewarding work experiences.

The Working Holiday visa is an open work permit, which means that you can apply for any job you are interested in and qualified for.

Employers are usually a little bit reluctant to hire staff for a limited amount of time. But New Zealand has the advantage of offering the work permit for up to 23 months, which gives you more time to work for one employer if you are interested in this experience.

We recommend to keep you expectations low and apply for entry level / lower than your Canadian qualification jobs to start off with.

New Zealand is a great working holiday destination to make friends easily! You will meet fellow backpackers at every corner, potentially already on your flight – just keep your eyes open for the wanderlust in their eyes.

Also at work, you will develop close bonds with many of your workmates— friendships that will last for a lifetime. This is your time for an adventure, to invent yourself new and to determine the path of your next 12 months. Just try to be open and you will have new friends before you realize it!

As a Canadian citizen, you can apply either for a 12 months or 23 months work permit in New Zealand. If you apply for a 23-month visa, you must provide a General Medical Certificate. Just remember that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and make sure that you have enough time to explore the beauty that is New Zealand!

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