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1. Posted by outbackdan (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

Hey guys,

Would 'Wwoofing' allow me to qualify for the second working visa? I think Wwoofing is a great idea and me and my girlfriend are keeping our minds wide open to it.

What do you guys think?

2. Posted by ana_nz (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Hi there,
(Am assuming you're talking about woofing in NZ, ignore this if not). The international wwoof association has a website ( that may help you.

You may also want to go to the NZ Immigration website ( for more information on their working holiday schemes. If you haven't had a WH visa in NZ before there should be no problem applying for one and wwoofing if you get it (provided of course that you meet all the immigration criteria and can find a farm that will take you on). What you do while you're in NZ is entirely your business--within the boundaries set by NZ Immigration-- whether you take on paid employment or not.

However saying you want to wwoof while you're in NZ won't help you qualify for a visa (and I'm not sure what you mean by 'second working visa'-- reference to an earlier thread..?). The wwoofing association doesn't help with immigration issues, and as far as I know, neither do individual farms. If they did, it would be in a sponsor role, and you would have to be a paid employee.

You might want to confirm all this with your nearest NZ Immigration office and/or the Wwoofing association. Good luck, hope you get to do it. It's loads of fun if you get hooked up with a nice farm and although you have to work hard, it's a good way of seeing offbeat places and meeting new people.


3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4894 posts) 11y

Given the reference to second working holiday visa, he's talking about Australia, not New Zealand. (If you do season work like fruitpicking for three months in Australia, you qualify for staying for a second year.)
No idea if wwoofing qualifies though - the general description of what does sounds hopeful, and unpaid work definitely applies, but I'm not certain. I'd look around on the Australian Wwoofing website, and if you can't find the information there, contact them directly. Otherwise maybe majito knows...

4. Posted by ana_nz (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Ah gotcha.

5. Posted by outbackdan (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

Thanks sander and thanks alot to you also Ana_Nz!! I feel sorry for you, i should of stated that i meant australia and not New Zealand.. HOWEVER.. you efforts have not gone to waste as i am also thinking of woofing in new zealand also!

Thanks to the both of you!

6. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

Wwoofing counts as voluntary and therefore has no bearing whatsoever on whether you qualify for a work visa.

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

Should add that I did Wwoofing in Oz and really enjoyed it, met some great people and got to see some really interesting out-of-the-way places that I never would have done had I not.

8. Posted by gezred (Budding Member 53 posts) 11y

Along similar lines I found this site:

I have been in contact already with quite a few families who I hope to stay with.

Each host is reviewed so you can read other backpackers experiences at these places.

Lynz x

9. Posted by outbackdan (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

cheers guys! im gonna have a look at that site now gezred! :)