WHY DO A NEW ZEALAND WORKING HOLIDAY VISA?
THE GRASS IS GREENER
Reasons to think about moving to New Zealand from Ireland. Well, they say the grass isn’t always greener. (And in Ireland, we know a lot about green grass). But that horticulturalist-come-philosopher has clearly never experienced the joys of the perfect post-work New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on a sunny rooftop in Auckland. Or skiing the perfect dry powder before work in Queenstown. Or basically living in an outdoor filmset for a year while earning one of the highest minimum wages in the world. (Or being in a NZ pub during an Ireland v New Zealand international and beating the All Blacks).
THE WAGES ARE HIGHER
Home to magical landscapes, coolly creative cities and a laid-back attitude enticingly similar to our own, New Zealand is one of the safest and most liveable countries in the world. The NZD $20 minimum wage (New Zealand Dollar to Euro is currently 0.62) makes it possible to earn decent money by working in bars and restaurants, or by doing seasonal work in vineyards or ski resorts. Or, as you’re able to work for one employer for the full 12 months of your visa, to find higher-paying career-related jobs in Auckland, Christchurch or in the capital of New Zealand Wellington.
About The Visa
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You must be 18-30 (inclusive) for Irish and most other passport holders, or 18-35 (inclusive) for UK, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Uruguay passport holders.
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You must be able to prove you have NZD $4,200 in support funds when you enter New Zealand.
You must hold one of the following passports: Ireland, United Kingdom, USA, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, Vietnam. See the New Zealand Immigration website for the most up-to-date eligibility.
Most nationalities including Irish passport holders, will be granted a 12-month New Zealand working holiday visa. USIT apply for your New Zealand visa on your behalf, and once granted, you have 12 months to enter the country. If you work for three months doing ‘seasonal work’ in the fruit, vegetable or wine industry (sold to the Cab Sav fan in the corner), you may be eligible to extend your visa for a further three months while you’re away.
OVER 30 OR ALREADY DONE YOUR NZ WHV?
Your new New Zealand life (that sounded better in our heads) doesn’t have to stop when you hit 30-something. If you’re no longer eligible for a working holiday visa or have already used your visa, then we may still be able to secure you a New Zealand visa. The skilled visa for New Zealand has no age limit, is contingent on a professional job offer and allows you to work for up to five years. Find out more here.
About our packages
OPTION 1: ESSENTIALS (start anywhere)
New Zealand working holiday visa, 12 months’ travel insurance + working holiday essentials including bank account and IRD (tax) number set up.
OPTION 2: ALL IN (starts Auckland)
All the above + airport pick-up, 3 nights’ hostel accommodation, 12 months’ job support, detailed job workshop, Rangitoto Island trip, and more.
OPTION 3: COMPLETE (starts Auckland)
All the above + 6 nights’ accommodation, 3-day guided Bay of Islands tour, waterfalls, hikes, and nights out with 20+ of your soon-to-be best friends.
WHY YOU NEED IT
Like Ireland, New Zealand has a population of around 5 million people. (Unlike Ireland, it also has 26 million sheep. Not relevant, we just really enjoyed that fact). Our point is, while there are plenty of jobs in New Zealand, with such a small population, it pays to get ahead of the game. Our working holiday packages set you up with everything you need to hit the ground running. We take care of the adulting by applying for your visa and sorting the essentials such as your bank account and IRD (tax) number. Plus, our 4-day ALL IN and 7-day COMPLETE itineraries include accommodation and comprehensive job support in your first week to help you find a job, a place and a bunch of new friends.