Working Holidays

Working Holiday Visas for Irish 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
  • hold an Irish passport valid for at least three months from your planned departure
  • not have previously participated in this Working Holiday Program
  • intend to primarily holiday in New Zealand
  • have a return ticket or sufficient funds to buy one
  • meet health and character requirements
  • not be accompanied by dependent children

Visa Fee

The visa costs 50 payable by cash, creditcard, personal or bank cheque (addressed to the NZ Immigration Service), bank draft or money order.

Proof of Funds

You must have a minimum of NZ$4,200 at the time of application.


There are 2,800 visas available each year from July 1st on a first come, first serve basis.


The visa is valid for a period of 12 months from the date of entry. You have 12 months from the date the visa is issued to enter the country.

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

Register and apply online at Immigration New Zealand or apply manually by following these steps.

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

General Comments

You can enter on a one way ticket but may be asked to prove you have sufficient funds for a return or onward fare. You're allowed to study for a maximum of four months.

Contact Details

New Zealand High Commission
80 Haymarket
United Kingdom

Phone: 0044-20-7930-8422
Fax: 0044-20-7839-4580




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