The #1 SG New Zealand Working Holiday Visa Guide
If you think it’s difficult for Singaporeans to travel long-term or work abroad, nothing could be further from the truth. Under New Zealand’s Work Exchange Programme, up to 300 Singaporeans between the ages of 18 and 30 may work and stay in the country for 12 months on a New Zealand Working Holiday visa. Unlike other schemes that you may have seen, you can arrange it yourself without going through an agency or being tied to one employer.
You could do worse than go on a New Zealand working holiday. It’s perfect if you have just graduated from the polytechnic or university or need a career break. Get a change of scenery, live independently, discover your resourcefulness, deal with a foreign culture and see a bit of the world – there won’t be any lack of moments to share with everyone. I speak from personal experience (and I paid for everything – this post isn’t sponsored in any way).
In this guide, I’ve put together a few things that my friends and I learnt to make your journey smoother. Interested? Then read on.
Note: Applications for 2022 opened on 5 May. They will close when the quota is reached.
Before you go on your New Zealand Working Holiday
Applying for the NZ Working Holiday Visa
That’s easy, actually:
- Set up an account with Immigration NZ (preferably before the applications open);
- Fill in and submit the New Zealand Working Holiday application form;
- Pay the fee (NZD455 in 2022). No visit to the embassy is required.
The approval takes up to ten days, but it’s often much quicker than that, so keep checking! The deadline to apply is whenever places run out. In more recent years before the pandemic, that was within a few hours of the opening of applications.
When your visa is approved, you have up to 12 months to get to NZ. Your New Zealand working holiday begins the moment you first step foot in the country within that period, and the visa expires 12 months after that.
Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand fly from Singapore to Auckland (and Christchurch for SIA) in 10 – 11 hours. Other carriers such as Jetstar, Emirates and Qantas have flights with a connection in Australia. A ticket for onward travel is not necessary if you hold a working holiday visa. Book a one-way fare if you want to go to Australia or somewhere else before returning home. (Hint: you’re already halfway to Chile)
You’re all set once you’ve packed your bags, your passport and your visa. Perhaps you’d like to read the other post on The Yellow Underpants to minimise the culture shock. Be mindful of what you pack in your bags; New Zealand is nearly as strict as Australia when it comes to soil, food and other things of plant and animal origin.
Where to go in NZ
Like Singapore, New Zealand is an island nation, but the similarities end there. NZ has four seasons, and it’s five hours ahead of us (four in the winter). Unlike Europe, Japan and North America, winter is in the middle of the year. Christmas is ideal for an outdoor barbeque, though!
The North Island is where you’ll find Auckland (the largest city), Wellington (the capital), Hawkes Bay (for the wine lovers), Matamata (“Hobbiton”) and Tongariro (“Mordor”). The South Island’s biggest city is Christchurch. It also boasts the spectacular peaks and glaciers of the Southern Alps, Marlborough’s mussels and vineyards, the world-famous Milford Sound and the adventure tourism capital Queenstown (on the north shore of Lake Wakatipu in the map below).
While most of the people are of European descent, the indigenous Maori make up nearly 15% of the population. There are also significant numbers of Asians and Pacific Islanders. Did I mention the tourists, the cattle and the sheep?
English is used everywhere, though public agencies and museums may also display their Maori names. The accent may take a little getting used to, and no, it’s not the same as the Australian accent. To get an idea of what it sounds like, watch Flight of the Conchords videos on YouTube.
Where to stay
From Singapore, you can fly non-stop to Auckland and Christchurch, directly to Wellington (via Melbourne), or change planes in Australia to get to Queenstown. When you arrive, you may want to a week or two to settle administrative stuff and get used to the environment, so you may stay in an Airbnb, a hostel, a shared house or even in a campervan. All four cities are good places to start; your pick ultimately depends on how you want to travel around the country, where you want to start working and the season. More on that below.
When you arrive in NZ for your working holiday
Before you start work: Your IRD number
If you plan to work and get an income, you will need a tax number too. When you arrive, go to a New Zealand PostShop with a completed IR595 form (available from the counter), your passport, visa and either
- your driving license (the temporary one doesn’t work as you need a photo on it), or
- a Kiwi Access (formerly Hospitality 18+) card, which can also be applied for at PostShops, or
- an employment offer from a local employer on their company letterhead – this is a bit tricky as most companies ask for an IRD number with their application, creating a Catch-22 situation.
It takes two to three weeks to deliver a card to your address. You only need the number, so call the IRD services hotline anywhere in the country to get it. The tax rate starts at 11%; your employer deducts it from your pay automatically. You can get a refund when you leave the country, but it’s a lengthy process. Whether it’s worth your while depends on how much you earn while you’re there.
April 2016 Update: In Auckland, you can also go to the IRD offices in Manukau and Takapuna. Bring your passport, A4-sized bank statement (with at least one deposit and one withdrawal over multiple days) and your visa. Thanks to Daniella Ng and Yong Zi Xian for this info!
Setting up a bank account
When you get there, find a bank that lets you set up a starter account. That does not charge fees for every transaction for the first six months. Again, you’ll need your passport and a ‘proof of residence’ letter such as a utility bill, but you can use the address of the hostel or hotel that you’re staying at, and they will print one for you. The bank will send a letter. Pick it up and take it back on your next visit.
I used ASB when I was there, and I was satisfied with their services. Electronic transfers between my account and my bank back in Singapore were fast (they took just a day). Kiwibank also comes recommended as it’s very convenient. You’ll find one wherever there is a PostShop. ANZ Bank also seems popular among the working holidaymakers from Singapore.
You’ll rarely need to use cash other than at farmers markets and some small hostels – many places accept payment by EFTPOS, the equivalent of NETS. If you need to change money, the Travel Money bureaus at Flight Centres in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown offer the best rates.
April 2016 update
You can open a Go Account with ANZ Bank online before your trip using your Singapore address and a local bank statement from the last three months. You can deposit money from home but can only withdraw it in NZ after they have verified your identity. Thanks to Daniella Ng for this!
Get a SIM card from one of the four major carriers: 2Degrees, One NZ (formerly Vodafone), Spark (formerly Telecom) and Skinny (available at departmental stores). All of them have similarly-priced plans. You can use the stored value to purchase the cheapest prepaid option – it’s between NZD 16 and NZD19 a month (excluding the cost of the SIM card) and comes with 500MB of data. The barrier of entry to a data plan may be lower than in Singapore, but a 2GB/month plan costs much more.
To add value to the card the manual way, go to a dairy (a grocery store) to purchase a code and follow the instructions on the receipt. Chances are you won’t be spending a lot of time on Stewart Island, but if you end up there, you’ll won’t get a signal from 2Degrees.
How to find work in NZ
Most working holidaymakers work on farms, in places of accommodation and tourist attractions, for construction firms and in factories. Office jobs are harder to come by for those on a short stay, but if you look around you may get short-term projects. Go to Seek, Trademe (the Kiwi equivalent of eBay), Backpackerboard, BBH, or pick up the papers on a Wednesday or Saturday.
It’s not advisable to apply for a position before you arrive as employers often ask for a local bank account and an IRD number. It doesn’t tie you to a single employer for the duration of your stay, so work in a few places if you want to.
Read: 60 ‘Made in NZ’ Memories
Working in exchange for accommodation and other benefits is common especially in hostels. That was the route I took. Some people combine cleaning duties in the morning with an evening job at another workplace. HelpX and WWOOF are the sites where you can find similar opportunities on small farms and in private homes.
Work on orchards and vineyards depends on the season and the crop involved. (Check PickNZ for more details) Employers may pay by the hour or by contract, i.e. you get paid $X for each kg or barrel of fruit harvested, each vine pole set up, etc.). Each has its advantages and drawbacks, and neither is easier than the other.
A few things to note
Doing a New Zealand working holiday is not the best way to learn animal husbandry because farmers prefer experienced hands. Farms are rarely near the major cities or even the hostels where workers stay. Having a car or someone to share a ride with is a plus for such jobs. In the winter, there are fewer opportunities on farms and some attractions shut their doors, so the competition for work at ski resorts, kiwifruit packing factories, mussel-shucking facilities and the other remaining places will be intense.
New Zealand has a minimum wage of NZD21.20 per hour as of April 2022 (NZD22.70 from April 2023), which applies even if one is paid by contract, and rules governing working hours and breaks are in place. There have been cases of unscrupulous employers who withheld payment from backpacking workers, and some hostels make it difficult to get a deposit back. Do a little research, keep a paper, email and text trail as if your life depended on it, and in the event of a dispute, get help from the Department of Labour.
How to get around New Zealand
If you possess a Singapore driving license, you can use it on your New Zealand working holiday for up to a year. Second-hand cars and camper vans are cheap and former can be purchased from NZD1000 onwards on Trademe, BBH and Backpackerboard. Caveat emptor, of course, if you choose a car that cheap. Another option is to enter a buy-back agreement with a dealership when you buy a car from them.
You can sell your vehicle at the end of a trip and recoup at least part of the costs. However, the insurance, registration fee, warrant of fitness and fuel costs can add up. It’s not the cheapest way to get around, but it’s sometimes the only way to get to hard-to-reach farms and attractions.
For more on road trips, read my other posts, Pacenotes: Driving in New Zealand and Alternative New Zealand Road Trips
Buses, ferries and planes
Intercity and Atomic Travel (South Island) are just a couple of the bus companies you can use to get from one town to another during your New Zealand working holiday. Bear in mind that the driver may not take the most direct route to your destination. That would explain the disparity between Google’s driving times and your actual trip time. It’s a shame that Nakedbus and ManaBus ceased operations in July 2018.
Ferries run by Interislander and Bluebridge ply the Cook Strait between Wellington and Picton on the South Island. The above companies will get you to the piers to make the 3-hour cruise. Tickets get snapped up very quickly especially in the peak season so book ahead, especially if you’re taking your vehicle across with you.
Grabaseat is a good place to look for cheap domestic airfares on Air New Zealand. Its network connects even the smaller airports in places like Taupo, Napier and Invercargill. The website tends to favour those who can book in advance, but it’s useful for those who are in a rush.
Your New Zealand working holiday visa is a multiple-entry visa. You can fly to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and other neighbouring territories for a well-earned break, then resume working in NZ on your return. You can also use Grabaseat to book fares to these destinations.
- Cook! Shop at a Pak n Save – the cheapest of the supermarket chains – or at a farmers market. Other backpackers with no skills usually cook rice or pasta. When they leave the hostel, you can use their leftovers.
- Join a hostel network such as BBH or YHA. Both will get you better daily and long-term rates if you stay in their affiliated hostels during your New Zealand working holiday. Sometimes free wifi is thrown in as well.
- If you’re 26 years old or younger, get an ISIC Youth Card. It’s good for discounts and offers on dining, shopping, admission and accommodation. You can use it in many places at home and around the world too!
- For tips on saving money at attractions and on a road trip, see my Yellow Underpants and Pacenotes posts.
Updates to the New Zealand Working Holiday Visa 2022
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and New Zealand closing its borders to international visitors in 2020, the scheme was limited to 200 Singaporean applicants and valid for 6 months. Changes to the New Zealand Working Holiday were announced on 5 May 2022, and now it is open to 100 more applicants and valid for a year. The latter puts us on par with working holidaymakers from the rest of the world. No need to choose between summer or winter–you can experience both! It remains to be seen whether this can be extended by engaging in paid farm work, as was the case previously.
If you have any questions you can’t find answers to here, check out Isabel’s comprehensive New Zealand Working Holiday FAQ.
This post was first published on Rambling Feet on 14 December 2014.
22/02/2015 @ 3:01 PM
Hi! I’ve applied for the working holiday visa and it’s expiry date is in dec. But my friends and I are only going to travel to NZ during November. So does it mean we need to leave NZ by Dec?
Oh and great blog post btw! It’s very useful!! (;
23/02/2015 @ 1:38 AM
Hi Karen! I’m glad that you found it useful.
The expiry date indicated is the last day you can enter NZ to start the working holiday. You only need to leave 6 months from the day you first arrive. It’s one of the terms and conditions stated at the bottom of the e-visa, but I’ll update that part of the post.
Thanks for reading! Feel free to ask any other questions that you might have any time.
22/03/2015 @ 1:54 AM
Your article seems to be very helpful and informative indeed. I am interested to embark this journey in August. Do u happen to know the riding requirements for Singapore licence? And do u think it is necessary to get an insurance for the entire duration of the trip?
22/03/2015 @ 6:06 PM
Hi Feez, thanks for reading! You can ride for up to 12 months on a Singapore license. Just beware of the strong crosswinds.
Travel insurance and 3rd party vehicle insurance aren’t compulsory but it’s still a very good idea to get them. Do note that if you get injured in NZ, even if you’re a visitor, the ACC covers your treatment and rehab costs.
01/04/2015 @ 8:16 PM
Hi Nicholas, according to the embassy website, it’s only work exchange programme for Singaporeans. Did you apply as part of a school? or can you go unaffiliated to any poly/uni?
03/04/2015 @ 8:06 PM
Hi Marcus, thanks for reading. I went on my own after I graduated (one can still do so within three years of graduating from poly or university).
If you’re still studying, check if your school has an arrangement to place students with NZ employers. If it doesn’t you’re still allowed to go on your own.
21/02/2020 @ 10:36 AM
Does it matter if you graduate from a full-time degree program or a part-time degree program?
25/02/2020 @ 12:47 PM
Hi Tina, they’re not clear on that. You have to be registered with a Singapore university or polytechnic, and should be able to provide proof from them that you are either still studying or have graduated in the last 3 years.
03/04/2015 @ 10:41 PM
I have applied for the Working Holiday Visa and I will be travelling to New Zealand at the end of the year! Do you mind sharing your itinerary during your stay at New Zealand? :)
05/04/2015 @ 1:45 PM
Hi Sandra! I was there for 6 months and this was what it looked like:
Auckland (3 weeks getting settled in) – Rotorua (1 month of work) – 1 week around the Far North (Whangarei, Paihia, Cape Reinga, Kaitaia and back to Auckland) – Hamilton – Taupo – Napier – Wellington (5 days) – Kaikoura – Christchurch (2.5 months of work) – 3 weeks around South Island (Oamaru, Dunedin, Curio Bay, Stewart Island, Invercargill, Queenstown, Wanaka, Fox and Franz Josef, Punakaiki and back to Christchurch)
I bought a car in Rotorua, and on this trip I left out Mount Cook and Tekapo (I’d been there before), Golden Bay and Taranaki. I hope this helps!
09/04/2015 @ 7:01 PM
Hi! I’m just wondering do I need to apply for international driving permit in order to drive there?
10/04/2015 @ 10:26 PM
Hi Qihui. ‘If you possess a Singapore driving license, you can use it in New Zealand for up to a year.’ No International Driving Permit needed either.
12/04/2015 @ 2:41 PM
Hi Nicholas, I notice the criteria stated ‘Singapore university or polytechnic’. Will Singapore students who graduated from private universities (eg. SIM-UB) be eligible for this?
13/04/2015 @ 9:24 PM
Hi Jeslyn, from what I understand SIM graduates don’t have any issues obtaining the visa. Cheers and thanks for reading!
12/04/2015 @ 9:31 PM
I’m interested in going to NZ for working holiday after leaving my current position. Am thinking of signing up for the November 2015’s intake. However, just want to ask if there is any Facebook group(s) for Singaporeans going on working holiday to NZ?
On a separate note, your post is really very detailed and easy to follow! Thanks for posting this blog post! :)
13/04/2015 @ 9:26 PM
Hi Winnie! Thanks for the compliments. You can try searching Facebook for the ‘Yang Meh Meh Club’ where I’ve also shamelessly shared this post!
21/04/2015 @ 7:59 PM
Hey Nicholas! Thanks for replying. Actually, I do have a lot of questions to ask you! Hopefully if you do allow, can I whatsapp or email you or something? Anyway I was just wondering in your opinion, do you think if it is easy to get into the NZ-SG Work Exchange? I actually graduated last year, thus it’s still within the 3-year period. Wondering if a fresh graduate would make it easier to be selected/balloted.
21/04/2015 @ 9:46 PM
Sure, I’ll drop you an e-mail in a minute. As long as there are spaces you’re likely to get the visa. I applied nearly 2 years after I graduated so it doesn’t seem to matter.
17/11/2017 @ 12:10 PM
where u all stay, couple looking for rental here. im singaporean & i just gotten my visa ! YAY
15/05/2018 @ 4:43 PM
Hi I am mohidur rahman in singapor construction working, but I want go nz for working but how to go please you can help me
17/04/2015 @ 3:49 AM
Hi. I am curious how much did you spend overall for this whole trip (rough breakdown if possible?) and how much you earn all from your work, thus the overall nett is?
Thanks for sharing your experience.
19/04/2015 @ 10:12 PM
Hi CM, cheers and thanks for reading. I spent around S$10K; that includes the fuel needed to drive 8000km around NZ, a couple of expensive experiences and two weeks in Australia on the way home. You may end up spending more or less depending on how much sightseeing and YOLOing you do, and you may be able to make part of it back, of course.
19/04/2015 @ 2:20 PM
Thanks for sharing your experience! May I know if you have any recommendations for insurance to sign up for NZ working holiday? Thank you. :)
19/04/2015 @ 10:24 PM
Hi JM, you’re welcome! I didn’t purchase insurance for the WH as I’d already bought a year-long policy (it covers trips of up to 3 months though so I was taking a risk for half of my stay!). Thus I don’t really have any recommendations.
Insurance companies in Singapore aren’t your only option though. You can also purchase travel insurance from BBH.co.nz which will also cover your journey to NZ and back.
10/05/2015 @ 3:53 PM
Thanks for this informative blog! I have sign up for the NZ account in order to apply the working holiday visa. However, the quota only open on Nov 3. So for now it is not available to apply the visa? So sorry as I am really confused about the application process.
Thanks and look forward to your reply!
10/05/2015 @ 3:59 PM
Thanks for reading, Kimberley! You can still apply now, and if last year’s quota isn’t fully taken you’ll get a visa. I applied for mine around this time. :)
10/05/2015 @ 4:15 PM
Oh ok! So I don’t necessary have to wait for the quota to be made available?
10/05/2015 @ 4:19 PM
No, you don’t have to.
18/05/2015 @ 1:04 AM
Dont mind me asking, i think some of us are interested to know how much did you earn per month on your jobs?
23/05/2015 @ 9:47 PM
Hi there! I worked in exchange for accommodation and I was paid minimum wage for the extra shifts I took on at the hostel.
24/05/2015 @ 11:25 PM
I’m book-marking this page as my dummy guide – thank you so much for sharing!
I’ve actually gotten in touch with NZ Immi and they told me a return ticket is necessary and that if I don’t posses one on arriving I may be asked to purhase one on the spot. Do you reckon that’s just a by-right answer and they usually aren’t that strict?
Also, what are the things they actually check for upon arrival?
27/05/2015 @ 11:01 PM
When you get your visa, look for a line that says, ‘Proof of onward not required’ or something to that effect. That should have you covered. At immigration they were more concerned about the sort of food items we had on us. We weren’t asked about our qualifications and bank balances.
Hope that helps, and thanks for reading.
26/05/2015 @ 12:10 AM
Hey Nicholas, Nicholas here!
Love your blog, really informative. I’m thinking of going in early december. Just a few questions though…
1) Since dec is right about summer, does that mean that work is easier to come by rather than in winter? I’ve heard horror stories of people who can’t find work and hence had to cut short their trip. Also whereabout do you go around to look for jobs?
2) If i were to stay until June, and maybe even extend by 3 months, it would be winter. From what u know, do u think its cheaper getting winter wear here, e.g., north face or any related brands, or in the big cities like Auckland?
3) is there a ‘safe’ period to apply by? e.g., if the website says the 2015 quota opens on 3rd nov at 10am, does that mean i have to camp at my comp around that timing?
I understand u may not have the answers to all my questions, but thanks in advance! :)
27/05/2015 @ 11:31 PM
There will be more openings but there will also be more working holidaymakers. For the jobs where no experience is required (and are thus the most competitive), how soon you can start when a vacancy opens up is key to securing a spot.
As I mentioned, go to Seek, Trademe, Backpackerboard, BBH, or pick up the papers on a Wednesday or Saturday. There will also be postings on the bulletin boards of hostels where workers often stay. A buddy with a lobang helps too.
I didn’t try looking for winter wear but I imagine it’ll be easier to take advantage of off-season sales. There are factory outlets near the cities too.
Visas won’t run out so fast, it’s not like Xiaomi’s flash sale. :D When I applied in May two years ago there were still spaces left over from the previous year’s allotment. I doubt the situation has changed drastically and there may still be spaces left over from last year. If you plan to go in December, why not try now and give yourself time to look for cheap airfares?
03/07/2015 @ 5:32 PM
Thanks for the informative post, I believe it has helped a lot of us in understanding the knick-knacks of surviving our working holidays!
My friend and I will be traveling to NZ for our working holiday, and we are also starting in Auckland. Just curious about the place you stayed in Auckland while settling the admin stuff, as well as the type of accommodation/ pricing.
05/07/2015 @ 11:32 PM
Hi Xin Yi! I started out at K Road City Travellers (from $26ppn with BBH card) for a week. The walls were thin but there was free bread in the morning and free wifi. Thereafter I moved to BK Hostel down the street, which had cheaper rates (from $22ppn with BBH card) but paid wifi. I liked the location as K Road has a PostShop, ANZ and ASB banks, a number of inexpensive places to eat and a cheap grocery store. The city centre is also a 20-minute walk away, albeit via a steep slope.
Hope this helps! Thanks for reading.
05/07/2015 @ 10:05 PM
Thanks for the informative post, believe it’s been (and will be) a great help to (potential) travellers! Have a couple of questions: would you recommend people to secure a job in NZ before landing in the foreign land and why? Is it advisable to apply for the programme and travel alone? or would you encourage travelling in a group? Look forward to hearing your advices!
05/07/2015 @ 11:49 PM
Hi! I did the majority of my working holiday solo, and I think it turned out fine. The decision really depends on your personality and what you want out of your time there. As a group, you may be able to pool and share costs, but if your plans differ, going along with everyone for the entire trip may not be the best option.
If you’re looking for a job that pays wages, you won’t be able to get one before applying for your IRD number in the country. It may be possible to arrange a WWOOF or HelpX stint before you arrive, but I haven’t tried that out.
One piece of advice worth heeding is this: Keep your mind and your options open!
06/07/2015 @ 1:30 PM
Is it possible for part time undergraduate from Unisim to apply for this program?
08/07/2015 @ 8:58 PM
Hi Lexi, from what I understand it’s for people who have completed or are doing full-time studies. If you graduated from a polytechnic recently then I don’t think it will be an issue.
09/07/2015 @ 2:04 PM
Thank you for your really thorough and helpful post! I feel more comfortable about landing in NZ next month.
25/07/2015 @ 11:45 AM
Cheers! I’m glad it’s helped!
23/07/2015 @ 6:36 PM
Hi:) Thanks a lot for ur informative blog and perfect guideline for us who wanna go for Working hols in NZ. hehe. Btw, i found the latest wages charge in NZ which increased adults wages to 14.75 and training to 11+. So if for ppl like us holding a working hols visa wil get the wages based on adults or training usually? And u live in BBH backpacker style hostel throughout the whole trip?isit convenient?
25/07/2015 @ 11:47 AM
Hi Tracy, thanks for reading. You’ll be paid adult wages. The hostels were convenient, but I also stayed with a few Couchsurfing hosts. :)
02/08/2015 @ 10:41 AM
Could you apply for this visa if you are a graduate from an australian university?
02/08/2015 @ 1:34 PM
Hi Brian – the short answer is ‘no’. It’s only for graduates of Singapore polytechnics and universities. If you’re still below 30 and don’t mind the fee however, you can try.
18/08/2015 @ 2:20 PM
Thanks for the informative post. Do you think I will still be able to apply for the working holiday visa if I have already graduated from uni for more than 3 years? I’m thinking of giving it a try but I can only make it there after January, do you think I can still apply when it opens in Nov?
19/08/2015 @ 6:48 AM
Hi Sha! I can’t give a definite and official answer for this, but it cannot hurt to try filling in the forms. I have no way of recalling if they actually require you to list your qualifications. If you’re still under 30 and willing to put the fee up, why not?
18/11/2015 @ 7:09 PM
Hi Nicholas, Hi Sha, just to share, I have applied for the working holiday visa and my application is approved. I have graduated for more than 3 years. The online application form does not ask you for your graduation details, just your age. Hope that helps! :)
22/04/2016 @ 9:46 AM
Hi Jess!can I ask you.as stated at your comment the form no need to fill up the graduation detail.got any qualification part??
22/08/2015 @ 6:06 PM
May I ask other that the application fee of $165 are there any more charges? Like for example Visa? etc etc
The reason why I asked its because I am comparing signing up on NZ embassy website itself and going through STA agency.
22/08/2015 @ 10:05 PM
Hi! There are no other charges apart from the NZD165 fee.
01/09/2015 @ 8:35 AM
I have to agree that this post is really resourceful for NZ work-holiday enthusiast. *thumbs up*
A few questions to pop:
1. Do you think it’s necessary or better to have your own transport there?
2. Will it be safe for a lady to go alone?
3. Do you need to have a permanent address in NZ in order to apply for a IRD number?
4. Any difficulties you’ve encountered while in NZ?
I have been working for 7 years and thought I should get out of the concrete jungle for a while before I turn 30 soon..
Thanks for your time in answering our questions. :)
02/09/2015 @ 10:18 AM
Hi Weiling, thanks for reading!
1. It’s better if you are able to afford it as it gives more options for work, but it’s not a must.
2. There are a few rough parts and precautions worth taking but it is safe overall.
3. Nope, you can use your hostel address when you apply and they will send the card there. However you can find out your number over the phone.
4. I found it easy to adapt to life there, though one’s susceptibility to homesickness is a personal thing.
05/09/2015 @ 10:29 PM
Hi Nicholas, would you think its possible for me to get a visa if I graduate from a singapore jc but not university? In addition, it has been more than 3 years since I’ve graduated =/
06/09/2015 @ 4:21 PM
Hi – I don’t think so, but if you don’t mind the fee you can try.
07/09/2015 @ 1:04 AM
Hi, i am working full time and graduated around 10years ago but is 29years old this year. Do you know whether i am eligble?
08/09/2015 @ 11:44 PM
Hi Kim, you aren’t eligible and you’d need to declare that in your application.
09/09/2015 @ 8:49 PM
I’m so happy I found your post about the WH program. (: Thanks for writing such a lengthy post to explain about it.
I just have a few questions though.
1) Do you think I’m eligible for this program if I just graduated from SIM-RMIT? It’s quite confusing as I graduated from Australian university but they are in partnership with local university.
2) I’ll apply for visa soon and hopefully, if it approves, I will go in Nov-Dec. I’ll probably be arriving in Auckland if I intend to go. Do you think it will be easy to get a fruit picking job during this season? I’ve heard stories about people getting no jobs and flew back in just 2 months. =/
3) I’m quite confused about the IRD number registration process. So I have to head to a shop called New Zealand PostShop to register a number and it will be send to the hostel I will be staying at a few weeks later? Are there lots of PostShop around Auckland?
Sorry for the lengthy questions too! Thanks!
11/09/2015 @ 1:46 PM
Hi Marianne, from what I understand UniSIM students have no issues applying.
November and December are rather early, but there is other work to do, such as setting up poles for kiwi vines, in the Bay of Plenty and Kerikeri. Sometimes the farms are 40km or more from the nearest town. You may need to make your own transport arrangements to get to these farms for work, or form a car pool with others. Perhaps that’s why those people couldn’t take up the opportunities.
The PostShop is basically a post office branch. There are four in downtown Auckland, one in Ponsonby, one on K-Road, another near the Domain and more in the suburbs. You don’t have to get the card to find out your number, you can simply make a call to do so.
16/09/2015 @ 12:12 PM
Thanks so much for replying! (:
I’ve got a clearer picture now!
So basically, getting to farms will be easier if we have our own transport. Do you know if the roads are safe? Cause I might only be travelling around with another female friend only.
16/09/2015 @ 2:16 PM
I’ve driven those roads and they’re okay if you drive defensively and have good car control. Things you will encounter there but not in Singapore:
– Narrow and winding highways outside the cities.
– Zones where people are allowed to overtake you using the lane for oncoming traffic.
– Frequent speeding.
– Crosswinds in mountainous and open areas.
– Livestock on the road.
13/09/2015 @ 5:21 PM
Lucky i came across your blog since i’m so confused about the whole working holiday scheme. I’ve got a few questions, is it possible for us to contact through email so i do not spam this page?
14/09/2015 @ 8:44 AM
Hi! I’ve dropped you an e-mail.
22/09/2015 @ 11:37 AM
Hi! I’ve an enquiry regarding the traveling part in New Zealand. I saw from your post that you recommended Nakedbus etc. But I’ve also saw in other places about the Backpacker bus like Kiwi Experience and Stray. May I know which will you recommend more in this case? Thank you! (:
23/09/2015 @ 1:54 PM
Hi Karen. I haven’t tried Kiwi Experience and Stray so I’m unable to comment. I understand though that they are more like tours, with drivers who provide commentary and activities along the way, except that you can hop off and rejoin the route with another group.
25/09/2015 @ 3:18 PM
Hi Nicholas, Do you know about STA Travel? I have been trying to find reviews online but could not find anything! Odd. I was trying to find out the benefits of signing up through them.
26/09/2015 @ 10:03 PM
Hi Kerrin. A few readers have asked me about STA Travel too. If you purchase their starter pack, they will do most of the initial legwork for you. The price is much more than the sum of the individual items and processing fees, although they also provide job advice and organise social events.
In my opinion, you can do most of the work yourself. Go for the starter pack only if you cannot spare the time to research and make the arrangements yourself.
28/09/2015 @ 12:40 AM
Thank you very much for your reply. It helps a lot! :))
07/10/2015 @ 8:35 PM
Just checking if you were required to submit a police certificate during application?
What about health reports and insurance?
08/10/2015 @ 7:49 PM
Hi Lexi, the answer is ‘no’. You won’t need to show all these for such a short stay. :)
09/10/2015 @ 2:39 PM
Thank you so much for your reply Nicholas! :)
20/10/2015 @ 12:52 PM
Hi there Nic,
1) I read that it is possible to get a work permit and continue living and working there during and after the work holiday visa ends, care to comment on that?
2) is it easy to obtain the visa? (Don’t wanna pay 200 sgd and possibly not be able to get the visa)
3) any other alternatives you know of if I want to work and live in NZ for a middle to long term period?
4) possible to get a professional job there? I’m working in a bank in Singapore.
Great article mate, thanks for your sharing. Hope to hear from you soon. Perhaps you could email me and we could keep in touch!
With my warmest regards,
20/10/2015 @ 1:17 PM
Lastly, can I use the tourist visa of 3 months to live there and find a job within that 3 months and get a work permit?
20/10/2015 @ 11:19 PM
Hi! I’ll answer the first two questions. It’s easy to get the visa as long as you fulfil the criteria and the quota (which opens next month) hasn’t been met. Your employer may sponsor your work visa if they want you around a little longer, as was the case with my friend at Pink Tangent, but they have to justify the decision to the Department of Labour.
I’m afraid I’m not in the best position to answer the remaining questions; it’s best that you check the immigration website to find the visa that suits your situation best. Cheers and thanks for reading!
21/10/2015 @ 9:49 PM
I’ve asked you a few questions before and I’m here for another question. Sorry to bother you!
Did you provide any medical and hospitalization insurance when you apply for the visa? Because I’m applying for the visa when the new quota opens in Nov. I was reading through the eligibility on the immigration website itself and it states that to be eligible, we have to ‘hold medical and comprehensive hospitalisation insurance for the length of your stay’. Does this means we have to purchase a insurance which covers hospitalisation when we are overseas during our stay in NZ?
Sorry to bother! (:
22/10/2015 @ 7:06 PM
Hi again Marianne. I bought insurance but I wasn’t asked to show it at immigration. It’s still a good idea to get it though and it wouldn’t be nice to be caught out.
Not many companies here will cover you for more than three months; while I didn’t try BBH out, it does offer insurance for the length of your stay as well as your in- and outbound journeys.
23/10/2015 @ 9:51 PM
I’ve got that! Thanks so much for your advice, Nicholas! (:
28/10/2015 @ 9:50 AM
Hi Nicholas, I’m planning to apply the WHV this coming November too. May I know if the application is on a first come first serve basis?
29/10/2015 @ 11:50 PM
Yes – do think carefully about when you want to start though, you have up to a year from the date it’s granted to arrive in NZ, and it starts from your very first visit after your application.
03/11/2015 @ 5:42 AM
I really find your post very informative and really appreciate that you take the time off to answer almost all the questions in your comments section :)
I am actually planning to head over to NZ for the working holiday end of 2016 or early 2017 after I graduate, and wondering,
1) In my case, when would be the suitable time for me to apply for the WHV? I understand that the application has just opened as of today, Nov 3rd.
2) I will be graduating from a private uni – Murdoch University under Kaplan in Singapore. Am I considered eligible to apply too?
3) What is the maximum length period of stay in NZ allowed? I read on the site it’s 6 months, but I have came across a few other blogs that mentioned they stayed up to a max of 1 year.
Do you mind emailing me? As I guess I might have more questions in time to come too!
Cheers and thanks a lot for your time to read these! :)
03/11/2015 @ 4:41 PM
Hi! Thanks for reading too. I can’t comment on your eligibility, but it should still safe to apply next March, depending on the demand. People who stay up to a year are usually those who managed to get the 12-week extension, then go on a visa run to Australia or a Pacific island, then return as a tourist. You can drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have more queries.
04/11/2015 @ 1:53 AM
I will be traveling to NZ end of Nov for my working holiday.Which part of the NZ do u think I should start from at this time of the year?
04/11/2015 @ 11:52 AM
That depends on what you want to work in. Hostel jobs could appear anywhere at any time. As for farm and vineyard work, it depends on the crop and the type of work that needs to be done. The newest job postings and the PickNZ website should be able to give you an idea.
Lee J Le
12/11/2015 @ 12:21 PM
My work holiday visa just got approved and I will be travelling to NZ on march 2016. For Woofing, will you recommend signing up with WWOOF or will PickNZ be good enough? Thank you!
13/11/2015 @ 10:28 AM
Hi – you may want to look up Help Exchange (HelpX) as well.
18/11/2015 @ 7:29 PM
I will be going on a working holiday some time in Sept 2016, and I am just starting out on my preparations and research. Just want to say thanks for taking the time and effort to create such a useful and informative blog :)
20/11/2015 @ 4:56 PM
Hi Jess – glad to hear that it was useful to you. All the best for your trip!
04/01/2016 @ 11:09 PM
I’m in similar plight as you. Can I email you for ease of discussion pls?
Rachel Kristen Koh
19/11/2015 @ 1:56 AM
Hello Nic! So grateful that you’ve posted this and also created “Yang Meh Meh Club” in Facebook!
For the benefit of other folks out there reading this, I would just like to share that my working holiday visa just got approved (weeeee!) within less than a week, even though i graduated in 2010 from SIM-RMIT and have worked for about 9 years now (I’ll be hitting 30 come next May!).
I went through STA Travel for the application. The agent fee of S$200 paid to them includes services such as facilitating of bank account opening with a bank in NZ, obtaining your IRD number, hold mail (you’ll likely be moving alot), emergency helpline, job postings circulation, social events etc. Hope this info helps!
I am planning to step into NZ in Apr/May while it’s still Autumn, to get myself acclimatised before Winter sets in. Hope to meet friendly Singaporeans along the way too! :)
20/11/2015 @ 4:58 PM
No, I didn’t start that group, I discovered it like the rest of you. Thanks for the information about STA; their service sounds right for those who do not want to deal with the hassle. Good luck with your stint there!
24/11/2015 @ 11:35 PM
Hi, I really enjoyed reading your blog and thanks for sharing your invaluable experience here! I wonder if it is common to get a office job in NZ? Like some entry level marketing job or smthg which I can still put on my resume? 2) may i know if you think the monthly wages is suffice for basic housing and food?
27/11/2015 @ 2:51 PM
Hi Clare, it’s difficult to when you’re only around for 6 months, but you may be able to score a short-term project. You may spend $150 on rent and $50 on groceries a week, and there may be other expenses, so you may want to figure your living wage from there.
06/12/2015 @ 6:25 PM
Read your blog. Very interesting. I am not a grad , I do not have Singapore poly diploma. I hv noted in nursing from ITE. Ihv wsq EMT cert. Now i m in SCDF medic. Well I would like to apply for the holiday work visa New Zealand next year. Would like to would as an EMT / enrolled nurse in New Zealand. Pls advice
07/12/2015 @ 7:43 AM
Hi Alex, in my personal, unofficial opinion it won’t be easy to find a nursing or medic position on a short working holiday. Check the other visas out and see if you have enough points to qualify to live and work there.
10/12/2015 @ 3:32 PM
Hi is ite graduate able to apply?
11/12/2015 @ 12:34 PM
Hi! Here’s an unofficial reply: Technically, no. You won’t be asked during the application process though.
30/12/2015 @ 12:15 AM
I’m back for a few questions again, hope you don’t mind. (:
The NZ govt states that we have to show a proof that we have an amount of about NZ$2250 during customs. Did they ask you to show them? Did you bring the bank statement or did you bring cash over? Cause I know we have to open a bank account when we reach NZ… So do we actually transfer the amount from our local account over to the NZ bank account or is it better to deposit the whole sum by cash? I’m worried if we have to bring so much cash actually. =/
& another question! Because I know we’ll be doing the IRD numbers and bank accounts and looking for a job when we first reach NZ. I will be arriving in Auckland first. How long do you suggest I stay in the first hostel to settle all these admin stuff actually? I’m booking the stuff now but I have no idea how long to book for the accommodation for my first hostel.
Also, I’m interested in working in farms near Hawke’s Bay. But this will only be confirmed when I’ve settled the IRD numbers and all, am I right? If I really get a job there, do you think it’ll be easy to find hostel within that short period of time at the places near my workplace?
Sorry for so many questions! I’ll be flying in Feb so I’m starting to get worried. =/
Thanks so much for your wonderful blog and time! :D
30/12/2015 @ 9:03 AM
Hi again! I brought the statement but I wasn’t asked to show it, then I did a funds transfer and deposited a few hundred. You can start with a week first, you really only need to be in the city long enough to pick up the letter from the bank.
I haven’t the experience to share, but I reckon that you will be asked to provide your number if you’re successful, and that there will be a bed that someone just vacated along with the job.
08/01/2016 @ 11:02 PM
would like to check with you, is there any time limit for paying the payment? I am just worry will it suddenly disconnected while i am still filling in the credit card number?
your prompted reply will be much appreciated :)
11/01/2016 @ 3:18 AM
Hi Yuth, as mentioned I’m not aware of a time limit. I don’t think anything untoward should happen unless you confirm twice.
09/01/2016 @ 7:11 PM
Just curious if you know of anyone that landed a permanent job in NZ after their stint on this visa?
11/01/2016 @ 3:19 AM
Hi Ben, I haven’t met anyone who has been able to do so. You might want to try the groups on Facebook or Reddit instead.
09/01/2016 @ 8:47 PM
Hi Nicholas, I’m currently a A level grad awaiting for my A level results in March. I’ve applied for the working holiday visa under the polytechnic option. I’m glad I’ve gotten it. :) but would the immigration or employers or anyone else ask about it? And what would happen?
11/01/2016 @ 3:21 AM
You’re sneaky :P – I doubt it as long as you remain discreet. Neither are likely but don’t take my word for it, you’ll probably be sent home. Good luck.
21/04/2016 @ 7:37 PM
Ginne.sorry for asking.hows your application??
10/01/2016 @ 3:12 PM
Hi Nicholas, I will traveling in a group of 3 in March, there are few questions I will like to enquire:
1. Is it recommended to look for a job when We reach NZ or start looking in Sin?
2. Where will u recommend us to start our adventure?
3. Will there be a lot of farm work/ fruit picking work during March to July?
4. As for ACC insurance, can u elaborate more on this? Do I need to apply or it is given to me by default?
Thank you so much, looking forward to your reply.
11/01/2016 @ 3:31 AM
Hi Bel, here goes and hope it helps:
1. Look to get a feel closer to your departure date, but apply when you have applied for the IRD number.
2. If you want farm work, Auckland is a good place to land. It’s not far from the Bay of Plenty. Keep your options open it may take you anywhere in the country.
3. The harvesting of feijoas and kiwi fruit takes place around March and April. After that there are just packing jobs at factories and farm maintenance jobs.
4. It covers everyone and there is no need to apply for it.
17/02/2016 @ 6:02 PM
Hi Nicholas. What travel insurance did u use? Im planning to go there soon. What if i get sick. How would the clinic or hospital expenses be covered?
18/02/2016 @ 9:34 AM
Hi Tajmal, you may want to check the ACC website for more details of the no-fault coverage for anyone in NZ. For things that ACC doesn’t cover, I had annual travel insurance and third-party insurance for my car.
04/04/2016 @ 11:36 PM
I’m from Malaysia and I find your post very entertaining and helpful. Gives me an idea on what and where I should look up while doing my research before sinking my teeth into it. There are a few aspects which I hope you could advise me on;
1. What is the most suitable period/month to go on a working holiday? Looking for some time which has the least amount of tourist for higher job opportunity.
2. Is it possible for the earnings whilst working in NZ to cover my entire trip or holiday?
Thank you in advance for your time and effort. Cheers to helping more people around the world!
05/04/2016 @ 8:53 PM
Hi Yew Han, it is possible to cover your expenses but it requires a lot of work. I’ve seen friends make it work by cleaning the hostel they stay at in the morning before working the afternoon or night shift elsewhere. You’ll probably get less time to travel around because of the commitment the second job may require. Competition for jobs is actually higher in the off-peak season (winter months) because the demand for services and farm hands is lower.
05/04/2016 @ 12:31 PM
Hi, I have gone on a few websites but still have a question unanswered: I understand that the visa is for 6 months, with 3 months’ work and 3 months’ travel? But what if I only go for a shorter time? Say 4 months? Then do I work for 3 months and only travel for one?
Thank you for the helpful article!
05/04/2016 @ 8:54 PM
Hi ZhiYan, I’m sure where you read that but you can work as much or as little as you want to. Hope this answer helps!
18/05/2016 @ 7:37 AM
Thought i might as well update you: as of 1st april 2016, min wage has gone up to NZ$15.25 ;)
19/05/2016 @ 6:03 PM
Hi Gin, thanks for the update! I have made the necessary amendment.
09/06/2016 @ 10:20 AM
Should I make the decision to New Zealand, this page would be my bible. However, I was hoping you could help me with a couple of questions:
1) You mentioned that it isn’t advisable to try to secure a job before I arrive. But I intend to do an internship/apprenticeship during my breaks before I graduate from university. What would you suggest I do?
2) I guess upon knowing that the visa lasts for a year, it wouldn’t hurt to get one first. But will the 200 slots be quickly taken up usually?
10/06/2016 @ 10:07 AM
Hi Phyllis, thanks for reading. Why don’t you check with your university if they can arrange overseas internships that count towards your credits? I don’t know how long and how frequent your breaks are to comment whether it’s worth it – drop me an e-mail at email@example.com.
I was told that the slots were snapped up within weeks last November. I guess it’s very popular now.
04/07/2016 @ 7:33 PM
I find your information very useful and I plan to go WH in Nov. Can I ask you one question do you think it can be done if people not driving there? I have license but I don’t drive since I got the license so I quite worry about the transportation.
05/07/2016 @ 8:45 AM
Not to worry, Alice, you will probably have fewer choices or need to rely on other people’s plans, but it can be done. :)
25/07/2016 @ 2:52 PM
I was wondering, one of the criteria stated “You must have full medical insurance for the length of your stay.” on the website. May I know where do I apply for this full medical insurance? Thanks so much!
25/07/2016 @ 11:23 PM
Hi Hui Ting, it means that your travel insurance should cover any medical and hospital expenses should you fall seriously ill (NZ covers visitors’ accident injuries), and not just travel delays and losses.
23/09/2016 @ 4:15 AM
Thank you so much for this information, it is indeed imperative.
I just want to ask you about medical insurance? did you get one before you left your country?
26/09/2016 @ 8:31 AM
Hi Joyce, I was on my annual travel insurance then, which covered the first three months.
26/09/2016 @ 9:52 PM
thanks for your reply. :)
14/08/2016 @ 11:31 PM
Thanks for sharing your experience!
I am wondering how convenient is the public transport over there? Because I don’t know how to drive.
16/08/2016 @ 8:52 AM
Hi Liyi, you can get around within the major cities using public buses. In addition, trains serve the greater Auckland and Wellington areas. Neither are at the frequency you’d be used to in Singapore, especially on Sundays. In the rural areas, you’re better off getting a car pool.
16/08/2016 @ 2:40 PM
Thanks for the info! :)
15/10/2016 @ 6:30 PM
I am really glad I stumbled upon your post online. I am extremely keen on applying for this Working a Holiday visa for next year 2017.
I have a question for you if you do not mind me asking. Did you have a lot of work experience before applying for this Working Holiday visa? Since you managed to get a job there, I was wondering how easy or difficult it is to find a job for recent Polytechnic or University graduates?
Hope to hear from you soon.
17/10/2016 @ 11:37 AM
Hi Chelsea, it depends on the kind of job you’re looking for. Farm and factory work requires next to no experience and you will be trained. If you’re looking at projects, it would obviously help. I had two years of experience and it was irrelevant to the work I did.
23/10/2016 @ 10:32 AM
Just wondering do they accept private diploma holders from tertiary like nafa, laselle or shatec?
25/10/2016 @ 9:21 PM
Hi Ryan. I’m not aware of the official position but others like you have applied successfully for the visa. Good luck.
21/11/2016 @ 3:03 PM
Hi! I’m interested to sign up for next year Work & Travel NZ. Am wondering if I am still eligible if I have graduated more than 3 years?
21/11/2016 @ 8:35 PM
Hey! At the time I applied, the checks were lax, to say the least. Things have changed since then, so you might want to ask the people who applied this year on the Yang Meh Meh Facebook group what was asked for in the follow-up mail from Immigration NZ.
20/08/2017 @ 10:10 AM
Hello Nicholas, Thanks for this amazing and well-written post! Would you mind if I get your email? I have a couple of questions, thanks!
20/08/2017 @ 12:30 PM
Hi Darlene, thanks for reading. You can write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
25/08/2017 @ 8:46 AM
Hi Nicholas I am confused about whether an 18 year-old just out of junior college can apply. The working holiday visa website does not have the `university/poly graduate’ requirement but the singapore work exchange program visa website does. So which applies? Thank you!!
25/08/2017 @ 5:50 PM
Hi Margaret – go with the Work Exchange Programme website. You might want to check with more recent applicants how strict the requirements are now.
26/08/2017 @ 3:34 PM
Thank you VERY MUCH Nicholas for taking your time to help.
If RECENT APPLICANTS can share their relevant experience with me on this post, I’ll be most grateful. Thank you in advance.
08/09/2017 @ 11:41 AM
Hey, if you’re not getting responses here, you can try the Facebook and WhatsApp groups I mentioned.
25/09/2017 @ 11:39 PM
Thanks for the informative post. However, even after reading through the post and most of the comments, I still have some question in mind. Do you mind if I drop you an email?
26/09/2017 @ 8:33 AM
Hi! Certainly, please drop me a line at email@example.com.
26/10/2017 @ 6:35 PM
Thank you For post ,such good article
30/10/2017 @ 12:32 AM
hi so glad to found your article ,wonder if higher Nitec graduate can apply? will it be success ? afraid I made payment then it reject and money won’t be refund? I’m counting down the days to 14 November!
03/11/2017 @ 9:21 PM
Hi! I’m not entirely sure how strict the requirement is now. You might want to check with those on the Facebook or WhatsApp groups who applied recently.
16/11/2017 @ 11:30 PM
Just wondering if you have any idea if there’s any chance an application slot will be available for next year intake. I supposed I have missed the hot application which started 2 days ago. Now that i tried to apply, the webpage showed that it has been filled. Does that mean I have to wait until the following year. So saddening.
19/11/2017 @ 4:17 AM
Hi Angie, unfortunately, the answer is yes – unless one of the eariier applicants is rejected and their slot opens up.
20/07/2018 @ 9:23 AM
Can I ask, to apply for the visa, do I just pay the visa fee? I heard that we must pay a preplacement fee of SGD $200 too on top of the visa application fee. Is this right?
20/07/2018 @ 10:14 AM
Hi Sandra – there isn’t one if you apply on the Immigration NZ website. The application fee is 208 NZD.
17/10/2018 @ 8:49 PM
Hi, I’m going to apply this year New Zealand working holiday visa do you think that there is a high chance for me to get the visa?
How long would it take for me to know the results?
The period of time staying in New Zealand will only start when the day I arrive there correct?
17/10/2018 @ 10:50 PM
If you apply as soon as it opens, and you meet the criteria, there is little reason why you’ll be rejected. You’ll likely find out within a week and yes, it only starts after you arrive (within a year of the approval date).
26/11/2018 @ 11:43 AM
Hi, this is abit late compared that you have posted this on 2014. Can you share with me do they only open the applications during Nov? You have to constantly check the website during nov? Is there any specific dates or?
28/11/2018 @ 10:34 PM
The applications open in November every year. While the day within that month changes, it’s posted on the website well in advance.
29/11/2018 @ 2:15 PM
Hi Nicholas, thank you for the reply. What would you recommend for people like me that will be going there by myself as I am turning 30 next year. I am not even sure if I will be selected due to my age or application or anything else. I am gutted that I have missed this yr opportunity by a few days. If I am going there by myself, how can I look for fellow singaporeans that are doing this solo too.
29/11/2018 @ 5:20 PM
If you’re still 30 at the point of application, just go for it because you’d still qualify. It’s first-come, first-served. There is a Facebook group for Singaporean WHV holders if you want advice or company.
06/12/2018 @ 12:01 PM
Hi Nicholas, I just re read the application on the NZ immigration website. “You can apply if you’re a citizen of Singapore, and you’re either studying at a university or polytechnic, or have graduated from one in the last 3 years. ” I have graduate more than 3 years, does it means that I am not valid to join?
16/12/2018 @ 6:37 PM
I think they are a little stricter about that now. I haven’t heard back from the people who applied last month about their outcomes.
18/12/2018 @ 1:24 AM
Hi Nic, just came across your blog. I have applied during the first day opening, and so far no email from them. When I checked my application status online, it’s still shown as pending.. But. It’s been a month or so. Do u think I’m being rejected? BTW, my two other friends applied too as it’s the same pending status.
23/12/2018 @ 12:12 AM
Hi, just be patient, it’s not over until you’re officially declined. Rooting for you all!
25/12/2018 @ 6:18 PM
I was in your situation few days back butt i gotten the email saying that my visa has been approved. It took awhile to get approved and was anxious for it as the admin fee was high! (felt like a waste of money if it is rejected)
Maybe you should check your email in this coming days:)
Lee Jun Wei Bryan
09/01/2019 @ 4:54 PM
Hi Nicholas , found your website and it’s really good informative knowledge!
I’m 30 this year with a stable job in sg looking for options in residing in NZ.
My burning question would be , while on Working holiday visa , can I look for a full time job with a working visa offered to me ?
09/01/2019 @ 7:20 PM
There is a Silver Fern visa for looking for work but there doesn’t appear to be anything to stop you from looking for permanent work. Your employer needs to provide the paperwork for the employment visa though.
22/04/2019 @ 1:06 PM
Hi, the criteria for the working holiday require to graduate in polytechnic or university? Any idea if im graduated from PSB am I able to apply for it?
22/04/2019 @ 5:11 PM
Hi! For that, you may be better off asking those in the chat groups who obtained the visa more recently. Sorry that I can’t be of greater help here.
02/07/2019 @ 5:47 PM
hello! i didn’t go to uni and graduated from Poly in 2011. i applied for WHV last year and got it anyway :) so don’t worry and good luck!
23/04/2019 @ 12:19 PM
can I still apply the working holiday visa now? is it closed or i can apply any time period.
23/04/2019 @ 9:57 PM
Hey! I’m afraid it closes as soon as the quota is met. That happened the day applications opened last year. Typically it takes place in November. If you need to go somewhere urgently, the applications for Australia open every quarter – you’ll still be eligible for NZ.
20/07/2019 @ 11:25 PM
Hello, as you went for 6months and the visa is for 6months. What happens if want to work there slightly longer. For example 1 year ? Will we be able to apply for a year visa ?
22/07/2019 @ 12:33 PM
You can extend for another three months by working in certain industries and producing 12 weeks of payslips. If you want to work beyond that, you need to apply for an employment visa.
23/08/2019 @ 1:12 PM
Hey Nicholas! Excluding fees for visa + flights, approx how much did your expenses add up to over the course of 6 months?
26/08/2019 @ 9:41 AM
Hi Felicia, we can estimate that my expenses (groceries and accommodation when not working) were around $4,000. If you’re getting a vehicle and doing bucket list items, double that amount.
04/11/2019 @ 8:30 PM
Would u say New Zealand is doable without owing a personal vehicle? Also, do you remember what kind of info do we need on hand before the application of the visa to make a seamless process?
Thank u so much for your time!
05/11/2019 @ 4:45 PM
Hi Felicia. From what I know, you won’t need to scan any documents until you get a follow-up email to do so. The basic details about yourself and where and what you studied will do for now. If you don’t own a car, you’ll have fewer options but it’s still entirely doable!
03/11/2019 @ 11:58 PM
Hi Nicholas. I’m 30 as of this year and have graduated more then 5years ago. Am I still applicable for the visa if I want to apply this year?
05/11/2019 @ 4:40 PM
Hi Josh, I can’t speak for the people who applied in the last two years but the requirement is clear. You may want to check the FB and chat groups to find out if anyone else in your position succeeded recently.
04/04/2021 @ 2:52 AM
Hi Nicholas, have a look at this article about whv jobs in case you want to introduce some additional information https://travelcarsnz.com/blog/working-holiday-jobs-new-zealand/
15/04/2022 @ 3:47 PM
Hello! Great job on the post, I’ve saved it for future reference. I would like to ask if you got insurance while you were there? If yes then which would you recommend?
18/04/2022 @ 8:23 PM
Thank you! I had insurance from the usual providers in Singapore to cover the first 90 days. BBH used to have insurance, which was what I used, so you’d want to look at the local options.
23/04/2022 @ 2:18 PM
Hello! Firstly thank you for this informative article it really helps in consolidating my research on this! I wanted to ask what are some documents we should prepare in hand before the online application opens? Thank you!
25/04/2022 @ 8:22 AM
You’re welcome and thanks for reading! At the time, it wasn’t necessary to upload the supporting documents immediately. Things may have changed and you may want to join one of the chat groups to stay updated. It probably won’t hurt to keep a scanned copy of your educational certificate and your passport on standby.
08/05/2022 @ 5:35 PM
Hi there, thank you so much for your time and effort with this guide! Super helpful. I just wanted to check if anyone has been required to send a chest x ray? Since singapore isn’t on the list of countries with low incidents of TB
08/05/2022 @ 9:04 PM
Thank you too for reading! Since this is the first time they are offering a 12-month visa, we have no data yet. Immigration will let you know if you need to submit one.