Working Holidays

Working Holiday Visas for Canadians Going to New Zealand

Last Updated: November 2007

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Apply Online for Your New Zealand Working Holiday Visa


To be eligible you must:

  • be aged between 18 and 30 inclusive at the time of application
  • be a Canadian citizen
  • not have previously participated in this Working Holiday Program
  • meet health and character requirements
  • not be accompanied by dependents

Visa Fee

The fee costs CDN$100 payable to the New Zealand High Commission in Ottawa by personal cheque, money order or bank draft.

Proof of Funds

You must have a minimum of NZ$4,200 and be able to prove this with a current bank statement or letter from your bank.


There are 2,000 visas available each year from January 1st on a first come, first serve basis.


The visa is valid for 12 months. Successful applicants have one year to enter New Zealand after being granted the visa.

Employment Restrictions

You must not take up permanent employment (unless you apply for and are granted an ordinary Work Permit while you are in New Zealand).


You may leave and re-enter multiple times but the time allowed for your visa will not be paused while you are away.

How to Apply

You can apply online at the Immigration New Zealand website or print off the application form and send it to the New Zealand High Commission in Ottawa with the required documents and your passport.

To simplify the whole process you can apply online using Visa First.

General Comments

You can enrol in one training or study course of up to 3 months in length. You can apply for this visa as part of the SWAP Program.

Contact Details

New Zealand High Commission
Metropolitan House
99 Bank Street, Suite 727
Ottawa, ON
K1P 6G3

Phone: (613) 238-5991
Fax: (613) 238-5707




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