New Zealand Working Holiday

With exhilarating adventure activities, breathtaking landscapes, and easy-going vibes, New Zealand is a remarkable place to call home. Discover it all through our New Zealand Working Holiday Programs.

Why do a Working Holiday in New Zealand

Breathtaking landscapes, an easy-going lifestyle, endless opportunity for adventure and high quality of life makes New Zealand an ideal place to do a working holiday. As an English-speaking country with warm and welcoming locals, it’s easy to get settled in your new laid-back life in Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud.

Choose to live in Auckland, a short drive from the extraordinary West Coast beaches, or Wellington, New Zealand’s mini-San Francisco, or perhaps you’ll settle somewhere spectacular on the South Island. With so much densely packed beauty, you will always find incredible places nearby to explore. Let our team help you get started with your new life in paradise!


The New Zealand government charges $280 NZD to apply for the New Zealand Working Holiday Visa. They have a number of requirements you must meet in order for your application to be approved. Your personal Stepabroad Travel Advisor will walk you through the application steps in more detail and ensure you provide the correct documentation. The requirements are as follows:

  • Hold a valid Canadian passport
  • Between 18 and 35 years old at the time of application
  • Can prove the Canadian equivalent of $4,200 NZD or more to support your trip
  • Are in good health & eligible for travel insurance
  • A clean criminal record
  • Planning a trip of up to 12 months which can be extended to 23 months
  • Have never previously held a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa

New Zealand Working Holiday Programs


1 - 24 months


New Zealand Send-Off Package

This is our most affordable support package helping Canadians get started on their New Zealand Working Holiday. Your personal advisor will guide you through your visa application and provide real assistance with getting your working holiday off to an epic start!


1 - 24 months


New Zealand Discovery Experience

Start your New Zealand Working Holiday with support from our team in Auckland on our New Zealand Discovery Experience. Kick-off your first few days meeting other travellers and getting set up to travel, live, and work in New Zealand.


1 - 24 months


New Zealand Adventure Experience

Start your New Zealand Working Holiday the best way possible – with the trip of a lifetime to see some of New Zealand’s most amazing sights! This eight-day experience is based in the capital city of Auckland and promises a new adventure every day!


How much money should I save up before starting my working holiday?

The government requires you to have at least $4,200 NZD in savings when you arrive in New Zealand to support yourself until you secure a job and gain steady income. However, if you plan to travel and explore immediately after arrival, the more you can save the better! New Zealand is full of adventure activities, and if you arrive with as much funds as possible, you can use your first few weeks to experience the country before deciding which part you’d like to settle in and begin looking for work.

What does 'Kia Ora' mean?

The literal translation is ‘Have Life’ or ‘Be Healthy’, but Kiwis use the phrase to say hello – or on occasion, goodbye. This is a traditional Te Reo term that comes from the native Māori people of New Zealand. The frequent use of this term in modern culture is a beautiful acknowledgment of the island’s ancestors.

Do I need a car in New Zealand?

While there are many options for getting around New Zealand, purchasing your own vehicle will give you more flexibility to control your own timeline and route. Most Canadians with a full license will be allowed to drive in New Zealand, although getting used to the other side of the road can be intimidating. We will discuss the various options for exploring both islands thoroughly in your pre-departure orientation so that you can choose the best option for you.

Do I really need to declare my hiking boots?

As an isolated island, New Zealand has developed its own unique ecosystem with the minimum threat from pests. The lack of large predators has led to birdlife flourishing, and their antique forests have been kept pristine by preventing the spread of invasive plant species. As a result, New Zealand takes the health of their ecosystem seriously, so you should take care to clean any outdoor equipment thoroughly before your flight. You may need to declare any hiking gear at customs, but if your cleaning is not up to scratch the border agents will help to sterilize your gear before returning it to you. This helps to prevent non-native parasites or plant seeds from accidentally sneaking into New Zealand through the grips in your shoes.