Do you love to travel, but know you can’t afford to take months or even a couple of years off of work to go on an extended vacation? When considering a working holiday visa visiting New Zealand for an extended period is absolutely the right choice for you. Working visas will give you the best of both worlds, which allows you to keep up your income while still getting to explore a new place and learn about other parts of the world.
The following are some things that you should know about working visas if you want to come to stay in New Zealand for an extended period, while still earning an income:
Who is Eligible for a Working Holiday Visa to New Zealand?
New Zealand generally welcomes anyone from the UK or Canada who is between the ages of 18 and 30, but it can be extended to 35 in some countries under certain conditions. New Zealand does not offer work visas to accept a permanent job within the country. All jobs must be temporary and work visas granted last usually from 12 to 23 months in length. You can also use a working holiday visa to take one or more courses at a school or university within the country for up to 6 months of your stay. There is also a Study Abroad program that allows you to study in New Zealand on a visa for up to 6 months, or complete a short learning course within New Zealand.
Are There Any COVID-19 Restrictions Left?
New Zealand has essentially dropped all of its COVID-19 restrictions related to traveling in and out of the country. Travelers are still given a pack of antigen tests when they come into the country at no charge if they wish to use them to ensure they are COVID-19-free throughout their stay. There are o required or mandatory negative tests required to leave or enter New Zealand. You are free to enter and leave the country as you wish. However, if you wish to take a test to arrive in the country, you are free to do so.
New Zealand does highly encourage everyone to be vaccinated and wear masks in highly congested areas. Vaccinations are not required for travel into or from New Zealand. Generally practicing good hygiene habits is encouraged, including frequent handwashing and proper bathing, and showering regularly.
What Should I Do While I’m in New Zealand?
There are a plethora of things that tourists can do in New Zealand. New Zealand is a beautiful island nation with more than 5.123 million residents. This island nation has a lot of cultures and natural beauty to show, as well as great pride that is taken in the heritage of those who live there. Whether you wish to learn more about Maori culture, explore new foods/drinks, visit the home of Middle Earth, or attend other Events, everyone will find something to do when visiting New Zealand.
The following are some of the most renowned things that New Zealand is known for that you will want to explore for yourself on a working vacation:
Explore Nature & Wildlife:
You can enjoy much of New Zealand’s uninterrupted wildlife whether you want to explore the surrounding ocean life (New Zealand is a bunch of islands after all) or see the island’s native Kiwi bird for the first time. You can get up close to a variety of different animals such as whale watching, dolphin sightseeing, visiting the caves of glow-worms, riding horses, bird watching, and much more.
Try Snow Sports:
From June to October, New Zealand’s highest alpines are covered with snow and transformed into a winter wonderland of sorts. You can experience a whole variety of different snow sports including skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tobogganing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and dog-sledding a few sports that are available throughout your stay.
Try New Food & Drink:
Throughout your stay in New Zealand, you can try fresh foods from throughout New Zealand including many foods that are Kiwi made with traditional fresh ingredients. Whether you like fresh seafood, traditional Maori foods, or fresh produce that is grown right here on the island, you will find something sure to make your mouth water. You can even try the latest craft beer and breweries throughout New Zealand to find your new favourite, locally made beer or ale. Don’t forget to stop by some of the top wine or beer festivals throughout New Zealand as the best place to try more new and different things all in one central place.
These are just a small sampling of the different activities that you can try throughout your stay in New Zealand. Whether you love sightseeing, and sports, or are a foodie for life, you will find something that meets your needs and tastes throughout your stay in New Zealand.