How to apply for a New Zealand working holiday visa Conditions and medical examination to hospital (2024)

On May 16, 2024, you can finally apply for a New Zealand working holiday visa. If you're thinking of coming to New Zealand as a workaholic, here's everything you need to know about how to apply for a New Zealand working holiday visa, the conditions, and which hospitals in New Zealand are authorized by Immigration New Zealand to take your medical exam.

New Zealand Working Holiday Visa 2024

Almost once a year, Immigration New Zealand opens applications for New Zealand working holiday visas for young people from countries that have an agreement with New Zealand to come to New Zealand to travel, work, and study.

Every year around May, Immigration New Zealand allows me to apply for a working holiday visa, which this year was on May 16th.

New Zealand working holiday visa applications are on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you've always wanted to live abroad for a while, New Zealand could be a great opportunity for you.

What to prepare before applying for a New Zealand working holiday visa

If you apply for a visa and are approved, your visa period starts from the moment you step foot on New Zealand soil, which means you have one year to stay. In special circumstances, you may be able to get a three-month extension, but it's rare and it's best to think of it as a year.

To help you out, here are some things you need to do before you apply for a working holiday in New Zealand, that is, while you're still in the country. We're not talking about preparing documents for a visa.

  • Crazy English: We want you to be as crazy as possible when you come to study English.
  • Available assets (money): We want you to save as much as you can before Warhol comes.
  • Driver's license: required (but optional) if most of your plans involve traveling to New Zealand during Warhol

I think if you have these three things, you can really enjoy your working holiday in New Zealand and make it your own. I didn't come to New Zealand as a warhol, but I remember struggling with English and money.

1) New Zealand Working Holiday Requirements

To apply for a New Zealand working holiday visa, you must first meet the eligibility requirements, which you can find below.

  • Make sure your passport has plenty of validity (at least 3 months beyond your planned departure date).
  • My age is between 18 and 30 years old
  • You must not have previously come to New Zealand on a working holiday visa or been approved for one.
  • Minimum expenses to stay in New Zealand NZD $4200 (approximately $340)
  • You must not have any physical examination disqualifications as determined by USCIS.

For your information, in 2024, the number of people from my country who can apply for a working holiday in New Zealand is 3,000, and the duration of stay is 1 year. If the purpose is to study (education), you can only do it for a maximum of 6 months.

They also say that if you apply online, about 80% of applicants will get their results in up to three weeks.

2) How to apply for a working holiday in New Zealand

To apply for a working holiday in New Zealand, you need to follow the steps in the photo above. Apply online for a Korea Working Holiday VISA at the New Zealand Immigration websiteto apply. The visa application fee is NZD $420 (approximately $340).

To apply for a visa, we recommend that you register with Immigration New Zealand in advance.

3) Documents to prepare for your New Zealand Working Holiday Visa application

  • Passport (the more validity left, the better)
  • Passport-sized photo (no more than 6 months old)
  • Bank Statement (minimum NZD $4200, must be in English)
  • Proof of health insurance for the duration of your stay (in English)
  • Physical examination (hospital notifies USCIS of results)

Since you're applying online, you'll likely need to create and upload most of your files as PDFs (or JPGs). For the bank statement, you can go to your bank and ask them to give you an English version.

In addition, it is recommended that you prepare a certificate of medical insurance in English to prove that you have domestic and international travel insurance for the duration of your stay.

4) Physical examination hospital for New Zealand working holiday application

For visas, New Zealand Immigration usually requires a physical examination. It is recommended to have it done in advance in your home country. The following hospitals are designated by Immigration New Zealand.

I remember going to Haeundae Baek Hospital because I lived in a rural area. If you have decided on a hospital for your physical examination, please follow the link above to prepare the documents for the physical examination.

For your information, you can have a physical exam before applying for a Warhol visa. This is because the medical exam is valid for three months, so you can apply for your visa before then. However, some hospitals may not allow you to have a medical exam until after you apply, so it's best to check beforehand.

By scheduling your physical ahead of time, you won't have to deal with the rush of people later in the visa application process.

After the physical exam, the hospital will automatically send the results to Immigration New Zealand, and you will also receive a document called an e-medical, which you can keep and use when you apply online.

5) The reality of working holidays in New Zealand

When you arrive in New Zealand on a New Zealand working holiday visa, it's the start of a new life. Your first few days will probably feel like a trip.

And as you live more, you'll realize how fast and convenient our country is, so think of it as an adjustment period to living in New Zealand.

A year's Warhol is not that long. It's best to have a clear purpose for coming to Korea, whether it's to travel, study a language, or make money.

1. food, even expensive, is too expensive

In 2024, the minimum wage in New Zealand is $23.15 ($18,520) per hour. Compared to Korea, the minimum hourly wage is high, but the cost of living is quite high, including rent and food. With the exception of sushi, it's hard to find food for less than $20 per meal.

Rent is so expensive that even if you're working, there's not much left over after rent, so sushi is probably the most common way to save money on food.

That's why I told you at the beginning to save a lot of money when you're in Korea. You can make money as a Warhol, but you have to be really strict with yourself to do that, and I'm actually against that.

2. the life you have to live with others

When you come to Warhol, New Zealand, the first thing you have to do is find a place to live, and I'm guessing you're probably looking for a cheap flat.

A flat means you have your own room, but you share a kitchen, bathroom, living room, etc. with other people, so being in the same place with people you don't know may feel uncomfortable at first.

However, it's a great opportunity to learn about other cultures and exchange languages, so it's a positive thing to think about.


Whether you're traveling, studying English, or working, you're bound to come across situations where you'll need to hear and use a lot of English. I assumed that by stepping foot on New Zealand soil, meeting people and talking to them, my English would naturally improve. Well, it didn't.

Whether you're in Korea or New Zealand, you need to study English really hard and personally. Traveling, studying, and working are environments where you use what you've learned, and you won't improve just by being there.

Living in New Zealand, it's easy to find yourself working harder on your English than you did back home, because you need to, and you'll do more if you have to.

4. work and home

It's not like you don't have to work because there's plenty of money in Korea, so most of the time you're going to come to Warhol and find work, and you're going to do it. And then you're going to experience a life of work and home and home and work.

Sure, you'll be making international friends and going places on vacation, but the rest of the time you'll be going back and forth between work and home, and I think it's important to reward yourself for your hard work every once in a while.

Otherwise, you might find yourself thinking, "Me, why am I in New Zealand?

If you think you've worked hard, you deserve a short trip to New Zealand, or the experience of eating that expensive food you've been dying to try. Aren't you here to enjoy New Zealand?


Today we're looking at applying for a New Zealand working holiday visa for 2024. Once you've been approved, you'll have one year to use your visa, and it will be valid from the moment you enter New Zealand, allowing you to stay for one year.

I was unable to take advantage of a working holiday visa due to my age, and I would recommend anyone who wants to experience living abroad to try a working holiday in New Zealand.

A year is a short time, but it can add so much to your life. It is also possible that the New Zealand working holiday information above is incorrect. We'll update it as soon as we find out.

[Good reads for those on a working holiday in New Zealand].

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