BUNAC will provide you with the necessary visa forms and guidelines to help you complete them. All documents are checked by BUNAC before the visa application is submitted and we’ll be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Working Holiday Visa

This is the most popular choice for the first time visitor. You can apply for a 12 month visa (although you can stay for a shorter time if you wish). The visa is available to those between 18 and 30 years old. Perfect for working and travelling around New Zealand.

IEP Work Exchange Visa

This visa is exclusive to BUNAC and allows anyone between 18 and 35 years old to work in New Zealand for up to 12 months. You can apply to this visa even if you’ve previously had the standard Working Holiday Visa. The IEP visa is a programme visa, and as such is only available as part of BUNAC's Work New Zealand programme. It is not possible to purchase this visa separately.    

Check the visa table below for more info.

Visa Information

Working Holiday Visa

IEP Work Exchange Visa

How long can I stay?

1 - 12 months (British Passport), 1 - 12 months (Irish passport)

1 - 12 months

How long can I work for?

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

What sort of work can I do?



What are the age limits?

18 - 30 inclusive

18 - 35 inclusive

Which nationalities can apply?

British or Irish (Some other nationalities may be eligible. For a list of all eligible nationalities visit the New Zealand Immigration website.)

British or Irish

I have a criminal record, can I still apply?

Although you can still apply for the visa, please bare in mind that your criminal history may result in your visa application taking longer or getting rejected. 

Unfortunately if you have a criminal record or if you've ever been cautioned in the UK, Ireland or in New Zealand, you are unable to apply for an IEP Visa. 

Do I have to be in the UK or Ireland to apply?



Can I bring my partner/spouse or dependent?



What support funds do I need?

a) when applying for the visa? 

b) when I arrive in New 

NZ$350 for each month in NZ (NZ$4200 for 12 months)


NZ$350 for each month in NZ = NZ$4200 for 12 months

Total of NZ$4200



How much does this visa cost?

​(If you prefer to apply for the visa without the support of our Visa Service, you can do so via the New Zealand Government's website)


Included in the IEP package

Is there anything else that will help me decide?

The most popular visa, ideal for a first working holiday to New Zealand. Flexibility to stay up to 23 months (extendable in New Zealand); multiple entry allowing you to leave and return during the validity. Once in a lifetime, but if you’ve had one of these before you can still apply for the IEP Work Exchange Visa.

This is a unique visa to BUNAC/IEP. You can only have this visa once in a lifetime. Once your visa is issued you will have up to 6 months to enter New Zealand to activate your visa.

Don't want to travel alone?

Join one of our Group Flights to travel with other BUNACers and enjoy a 3 day stopover in Hong Kong.

  • June 16th 2016
  • August 11th 2016
  • September 16th 2016
  • October 30th 2016
  • November 10th 2016
  • November 17th 2016
  • More 2016 dates coming soon...

Group Flights are very popular and seats can fill up to 4 months prior to departure. Call us on 033 3999 7516 to check availability.