Work in New Zealand

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Greenheart Travel’s Work in New Zealand program offers a working holiday visa for travelers who would like the opportunity to fund their travels while earning a paycheck. As a Work in New Zealand participant you have the opportunity to find a job in a variety of industries from agriculture and tourism, to retail and ski resorts. Greenheart Travel’s partner has professional relationships with trusted employers around New Zealand making our participants first in line for job opportunities. Packed into an area about the size of the state of Colorado, New Zealand has spectacular landscapes, lively cities and a peaceful countryside.  

Program Fee


Arrival Orientation

Upon arrival in Auckland, participants are met by Greenheart Travel’s in-country partner who will provide a comprehensive orientation, job placement assistance as well as a friendly face. A virtual tour of New Zealand and personal insights from in-country staff are the highlights of the arrival orientation. You will also learn how to: 

  • Find a job and format your resume into a CV (curriculum vitae)
  • Open a bank account
  • Travel around New Zealand
  • Buy a car
  • Find short or long term accommodation
  • Apply for an IRD (New Zealand tax number) 

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen (holding a U.S. passport) or Canadian citizen
  • Aged 18-30
  • Must be physically present in the U.S. for the visa application process
  • Have a minimum amount of available funds for your maintenance during the period of stay (approx $3,000-$4,000USD, depending on your planned length of stay)

work new zealand-3What's Included:

  • Job assistance service, support and advice
  • Airport transfer upon arrival
  • 2 nights hostel accommodation (shared room) and 2 breakfasts
  • Organized social events and activities
  • Resources and support for finding permanent housing
  • Arrival orientation
  • Work New Zealand Handbook
  • Rechargeable calling card
  • 24-hour emergency support and service

What's Not Included:

  • International airfare
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Work & Holiday Visa fees (about $200)
  • Lunch and dinner at hostel
  • Housing costs and living expenses
  • Return transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Medical, accident and trip insurance (may be purchased separately from CCI for $49 USD/month or $12 USD/week)

Employment Services

With the support of our in-country partner, Greenheart Travel participants will have a variety of ways to search and secure a position in New Zealand. Services include:

Introduction to finding work: an overview of the basic types of jobs that are available around the country, required skills, resources to find a job and listings of current jobs available for immediate start around the country.

Job board: Available in the Auckland office of the in-country partner, the board is updated weekly by staff that scans the job market each week for jobs that would be suitable for working holiday participants. All listings on the board are also listed online so participants can access this wherever they are in the country.

Weekly newsletters: Unique and exciting job opportunities that come from local knowledge are emailed to participants weekly.

Dates and Deadlines

  • You can choose your own arrival date and how long you want to work, up to a maximum of 12 months. You can even change jobs as you move from one location to the next, giving you the chance to experience different parts of the country.
  • Applications are due at least 4 weeks before your desired program start date. Late applications can be considered on a case-by-case basis.

How to Apply

Please visit our Application Materials page for information on applying. Contact Greenheart Travel at or call 1-888-ABROAD1 for more information!

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