Work & Travel New Zealand Program Eligibility, Jobs, Accommodation....


You must:

  • Have a valid US passport in good condition
  • Be between age 18 and 35 (inclusive)
  • Have proof of support funds in excess of NZ$4,200 on arrival to New Zealand. 
  • Not bring children or dependents with you to New Zealand on this program
  • Meet health and character requirements


On the IENA Work & Travel New Zealand Program, you can take any job you are qualified to do.  You cannot be self-employed but other than that the sky’s the limit!  The original idea behind the Working Holiday Visa was for visa holders to take casual incidental work to supplement their income while traveling around this amazing country.  However, if you would prefer to stay in one location, that is okay too!  It’s your choice!  


If you plan to use the program to travel around the country to gain a true cultural experience, you would be better off staying in hostels.  If you plan to stay in one location, then ‘flatting’- renting a shared flat (apartment), would be more cost effective. 


A room in a shared flat will cost approximately NZ$120+ per week, a two bedroom flat will cost approximately NZ$300 per week, and you will generally need to pay a bond of 4 weeks rent plus the first 2 weeks rent in advance.  On average you will also need approximately NZ$100 per week for food, etc. 


Our preferred travel provider offers the best prices on airfares to the South Pacific and can help with your travel plans or you can book your own flight - either way, you can arrive any date you choose!  Please keep in mind that orientations are only held in Auckland and you will want to be sure not to miss out on this valuable program inclusion.   We will use your confirmed flight itinerary to book your arrival accommodation in Auckland.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:   Please allow at least 6 weeks for application processing.  

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“Best work experience ever!  I got to meet and work with people from all over the world – a situation that I will never experience again!”  SG, Work & Travel New Zealand
“I loved the opportunity to take a job for as long as I wanted, and then travel before finding more work.  I earned more than expected and was able to go to Australia and Fiji which was not part of my original plan!” EF, Work & Travel New Zealand