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1. Posted by kevstump (Full Member 123 posts) 10y

Hi All,

I am just about to finish my year working in australia and im planning on working in NZ starting in July 2007. I know you can get 23 month visas and 12 month visas, but i heard something about only being able to actually do 12 months work while there......this isnt really feasible if i go on the 23 month visa. Is there any way around this?
Is it easy to find office and bar work in the major cities?
is there a limit to how long you can spend in one job?
Is it easy to get work on ski resorts either at ruapehu or near queenstown?
What do you need to sort out before you can work there? I.e. in australia i had to get a bank account, TFN and medicare card...

Stumpy :)

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 10y

Hi Kevin,

You can refer to the website of Immigration New Zealand for information on Working Holiday Schemes in New Zealand.

For more information related to you, you can look at the Working Holiday Scheme for UK citizens. Basically everything you need to know is in there.

And you're right about only being able to actually do 12 months work while there for citizens from the UK.


When you’re here

  • you must not take up permanent employment (unless you apply for and are granted an ordinary Work Permit while you’re here)
  • u
  • you must not work for a period exceeding 12 months
  • /u

  • you can enrol in one training or study course of up to three months duration during your visit.

They have also compiled a list of websites of work opportunities in New Zealand.

Hope that helps. :)

3. Posted by kevstump (Full Member 123 posts) 10y

Do you know if it is easy to get cash in hand work that wouldnt count?

4. Posted by sj_mb (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

At certain times of the year its possible to get seasonal work (like fruit picking) in NZ. Some places will pay you cash.

Make sure you keep track of the days you are working .. if you're on an hourly rate and not being paid for holidays etc then those days dont count towards your 12 months. The idea is that you're there on holiday and working is only to keep you solvent while you're there.

Some cities will be easier than others for finding cash work. If you're backpacking others in your hostel etc will probably know where to find work!

Good luck!

5. Posted by kevstump (Full Member 123 posts) 10y

:) does that mean that if i work for an agency and get paid an hourly rate, it doesnt count towards that twelve month limit. Does it only apply to full time work then?

Also, can you claim you tax back when you leave as with australia?


6. Posted by sj_mb (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

sorry, i didnt mean to mislead you!

i meant that if you're only working 2 days a week then its not a full week's work, so the number of weeks you can work is greater. the days you work are the days that count though. sorry!