Why I Got A Working Holiday Visa In New Zealand

Why I Got A Working Holiday Visa In New Zealand

Bryan thinks that New Zealand is one of the best places to go to on a working holiday. It is beautiful, has good work opportunities to fund your travels, is safe, and is great for backpacking!

I will be moving to New Zealand soon. Excited? Scared? Probably a little bit of every known feeling. It will be one thing off my travel list. I am delighted that I am heading to New Zealand this summer. It’ll be winter in New Zealand since it is located in the Southern Hemisphere.


How often do you sit down and watch the sunset?

So what is so exciting about New Zealand? Any search on Google will reveal that New Zealand is one of the top backpacking destinations on the planet. The working holiday visas to New Zealand are becoming popular all over the world, but there are better, more well-known destinations such as USA, Canada and Australia that claim the top spots. So why should you go on a working holiday to New Zealand? Here are five reasons from me.

1. Loads of hiking trails and endless landscape

For adventure and photography lovers, this is a must-go country. The landscapes are breathtaking! Remember those amazing landscape photos on Flickr and the National Geographic magazine? They can be found in New Zealand! Time to put your lenses and hiking boots into action!

2. Helps to finance your travels

Feel that your pocket is taking some hits from travelling and your bank account might go dry soon? Take up some jobs to fund yourself. The visa enables you to find any kind of jobs except permanent ones. Some examples of jobs that working holiday makers work are kiwi plucking and vineyard workers. The minimum wage in New Zealand right now is NZD 13.75 (SGD 14.86). If you work 40 hours a week, you’d get roughly NZD 550 (SGD 594.52) a week. I think it’s a pretty good deal.

3. Huge network of backpackers

New Zealand has a huge network of backpackers, and you will always find someone doing the same hiking trails, selling cars or offering jobs as you. Pretty much everywhere you go, you will have some news friends. That’s good news! You can actually go on a working holiday to New Zealand alone and make friends on the go. You can try couch-surfing or offering some working hours in return for accommodation if you want to save some money. Everyone is doing it in New Zealand.


Enjoy what the world has got to offer.

4. Safety

Being in the top 5 safest countries in the world, you will have less to worry about your own safety. I don’t mean that you can just leave your stuff anywhere you want, but your family and friends will have an easier time knowing that you are in a safe country.

5. Give yourself a break

Whether you are a student on a GAP year or an officer worker, give yourself the opportunity to go to a new country and experience the culture. The working holiday visa is mainly for people aged 18-30, but this varies between countries. We all live once, so work can wait and sleep can wait. Get out of your comfort zone and prove yourself. I have never come across people who have regretted doing a working holiday in New Zealand, so it might be a good place to start.

Remember, YOLO.


I love viewing sunset from planes.


Contributed by The More I Travel.

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Bryan Lim
Bryan Lim

Bryan is the author of The More I Travel . He shares his travel writings and photography with individuals from all over the world. He travels for food, culture and view of the world. His favourite travel philosophy is 'Travel for the Journey, not the Destination'.


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