It turns out the fantasy world of hobbits, dragons, dwarves, and wizards exists in a very real place! You may recognize New Zealand’s spectacular landscapes from a starring role in a famous trilogy. If you were blown away by those stunning mountains, enchanted forests, turquoise lakes, rolling hills, and tranquil rivers on screen, this is your chance to experience the magic in person, bro! With a population of 4.5 million people (and over 30 million sheep), in a landmass equivalent to that of the UK, most of the time you can see the beauty of New Zealand without the hordes of tourists. But New Zealand is not just geared for outdoorsy types – lively (and sheep-free) cities like Auckland, New Zealand’s capital, have enough pubs, museums, and shops to keep you entertained!


  • Eligibility: Canadians aged 18-35
  • Registration Deadline: Apply at least four weeks prior to intended arrival
  • Repeat Participation: Yes, exclusively through SWAP.
  • Visa Duration: Any period up to one year
  • Support Funds: You must have the amount of $4,200 NZD saved in your account as of the day you submit your application. These are called support funds and are a requirement of the New Zealand government.

Local Support in New Zealand:

  • • Arrival orientation in Auckland. The orientation you will get is vital since you will receive tips on securing work, finding accommodation, information on red tape issues, and more!
  • • Fast-track service to open a bank account in Auckland
  • • Fast-track service to obtain a tax number
  • • Online access to an exclusive online member's lounge before you depart Canada. This site provides recent job listings, events and tips that will help while in Auckland and throughout the country
  • • Airport transfer to your hostel in Auckland
  • • The hosting centre located in Auckland is equipped with phones, fax machine, Wi-Fi and computer access for your convenience
  • • Ongoing guidance and support services in Auckland for the full duration of your stay
  • • After-hours emergency line
  • • Mail-drop and mail-forwarding services in Auckland
  • • Hospitality courses through New Zealand Management Academies are offered at discounted prices
  • • Social events (e.g. movie nights, rugby games, bungee jumping, brewery tours, and much more!)

SWAP Support & Resources:

  • • We'll represent you in the visa application process and make sure your New Zealand working holiday visa is approved
  • • Your GO SWAP Kit, which has valuable information on your visa, as well as pre-departure preparation
  • • A "Work in New Zealand" handbook will be given to you at your orientation. This essential guide will prepare you for living and working in New Zealand
  • • Travel map and tourist materials


• One-year working holiday visa that allows for multiple entries into the country
• Accommodation upon arrival: Two nights in Auckland

Level of support:


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Up to 1 Year

Price Range: $$$$$

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