Work New Zealand
Work New Zealand lets you spend up to one incredible year experiencing the ultimate working holiday or gap year in New Zealand whilst stopping off at some of the most exotic spots in the world on the way there and back.
New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with an incredibly diverse natural environment.
From the giant sand dunes of Ninety Mile Beach, to the bubbling mudpools of Rotorua, the vineyards of Marlborough and the ice capped peaks and glaciers of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is a country that will never cease to amaze you.
In addition, work in New Zealand is relatively easy to find and overseas visitors are made to feel really welcome ( view our Work New Zealand finding jobs section for more). It is usually fairly easy for eligible participants to switch to the New Zealand government’s ‘Working Holiday’ visa, thus allowing the possibility of a second year in New Zealand.
How the Work New Zealand program works
There are two visas that allow you to live, work and travel in New Zealand on a flexible basis; however, both programs provide you with full support for the duration of your Work New Zealand experience.
Working Holiday visa program cost $450
The Working Holiday visa allows you to work in New Zealand for up to 12 months. You can apply for a Working Holiday Visa directly from the New Zealand Embassy online. BUNAC can offer assistance with the visa application process and you are able to take full advantage of the BUNAC support package.
IEP Work Exchange Visa program cost $587
The IEP work Exchange visa allows you to work and travel anywhere in New Zealand for up to 12 months and is available to anyone aged 18-35, even if you have previously held a Working Holiday Visa.
This special category visa for BUNAC participants is authorized by the New Zealand government and is sponsored in New Zealand by BUNAC’s subsidiary, IEP, International Exchange Programs.
Work New Zealand offers:
Free choice of arrival date in New Zealand
Eligibility - up to the age of 35
Pre-departure support from BUNAC including all visa processing with the New Zealand Embassy on your behalf
Discounted, comprehensive worldwide travel insurance
Special flight deals including (currently) a 24-month validity flight ticket
IEP New Zealand Resource Center including advice and assistance from IEP staff on job and accommodation hunting, 24-hour emergency assistance and discounted travel options
Auckland Arrivals Package and Orientation including free bus transfer, two nights' accommodation, Work New Zealand program handbook and introduction letter for opening a bank account and assistance obtaining an Inland Revenue Department (IRD) number (equivalent of a Social Security Number)
Online members’ lounge
Phone card with NZ$5 credit
Lonely Planet guidebook to living and working in New Zealand.