Work & Travel New Zealand

Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic and US Travel Ban, this program has been temporarily suspended. Please check back for updates.


Live and work in Aotearoa – ‘the land of the long white cloud’ for up to 12 months and you don’t have to be a student to be eligible! Any US citizen aged 18-35 can apply. On Work & Travel New Zealand you can spend up to one year living and working in New Zealand.

““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!” Outbound program to New Zealand Participant

This once-in-a-lifetime trip will also give you the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of New Zealand: drive along Ninety Mile Beach, experience the majesty of Milford Sound or swim with the dolphins off the Kaikoura coast. Picture yourself working at a ski resort on the South Island or work at a vineyard in sunny Marlborough! New Zealand is a country that will never cease to amaze you!

There are two program options to choose from:

  • Basic Working Holiday Program
  • IEP Work Exchange Program (limited visas available).

Basic Working Holiday Program

Open to US citizens aged 18-30 and includes the following:

  • Assistance obtaining a Working Holiday Visa – don’t worry we’ll provide step by step instructions to secure your visa!
  • Pre-departure assistance and guidance from our knowledgeable and experienced staff to help you prepare for your trip to New Zealand.
  • Free airport shuttle transfer from Auckland International Airport to your pre-booked hostel accommodation.
  • First two nights’ arrival accommodation with continental breakfast – don’t worry well take care of the booking!
  • Comprehensive arrival orientation session every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00am.
  • International Youth Travel Card (IYTC) valued at NZ$30 with over 4,000 discounts all over New Zealand and Australia.
  • New Zealand mobile phone number (2Degrees SIM/Micro card).
  • Free and unlimited internet access in the Auckland office.
  • Assistance opening a bank account
  • Assistance obtaining an IRD (Inland Revenue Department) registration (required to be able to work in New Zealand)
  • Mail holding and forwarding service
  • Copy and holding service of essential documents
  • 24-hour emergency assistance by IEP staff throughout your stay in New Zealand.
  • Employment support services and ongoing employment advice by IEP staff.
  • In-house travel agent with exclusive domestic and South Pacific travel products.
  • Social events such as pub meets, concerts, movie nights, comedy night, rugby and cricket matches.
  • Affordable luggage storage.

IEP Work Exchange Program

This exclusive special category visa is only open to US citizens aged 18-35 including those who have previously been to New Zealand on a Working Holiday visa.

  • Basic Working Holiday program package (see above), plus.
  • Visa sponsorship under the exclusive IEP Work Exchange Scheme.


You must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States and have a valid US passport
  • Be between age 18 and 35 (inclusive)
  • Be able to produce proof of support funds equivalent to NZ$4,200 or more on arrival to New Zealand.
  • Not bring children or dependents with you to New Zealand on this program
  • Meet health and character requirements

Apply to the Work & Travel in New Zealand