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Working Holiday Program

in New Zealand


What is the Working Holiday Program in New Zealand?

With the New Zealand Working Holiday Program you can spend up to 12 months in New Zealand while working in the Tourism industry. Whether you have just finished your degree or you are taking a gap year, it doesn't matter! In cooperation with our partners in New Zealand we assist you with the arrangement of your paid placement, housing, travel discounts, 24/7 assistance while you're in New Zealand and much more.

New Zealand is a beautiful country with stunning nature and exciting cities. The Tourism industry in New Zealand is renowned for organizing great activities for its guests and the tourism industry is vibrant and an important industry for the New Zealand economy.

  • Live and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months.

  • Paid placements in the Tourism industry. Placements are in Food & Beverage, Chef roles, Customer Service, Events etc.

  • Learn about New Zealand's culture and experience an international workplace.

  • Add international work experience to your CV/resume to stand out from the crowd.

  • Accommodation is arranged before you depart to New Zealand. Accommodation is either included with the placement or is arranged separately.

  • The New Zealand Working Holiday package includes pre-departure assistance, airport pickup, orientation upon arrival, New Zealand Simcard, invites to weekend trips and networking events, luggage storage (if necessary) and more!


Candidates for this program need to meet the requirements for the New Zealand Working Holiday Visa. You need to be between 18-30 years old and be a passport holder of one of the following countries:

  • Canada

  • United States

  • United Kingdom

  • France

  • Germany

  • Sweden

  • Norway

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • Denmark

  • Belgium

  • Finland

  • Ireland

  • Netherlands

Candidates also need to possess excellent English language skills and have secure finances. You must also have NZ$4,200 in savings to qualify for the visa.


Training 4 Hospitality is very transparant about our program fees. All fees are listed here and are in U.S. dollars:​

  • Program Fees 6 months: $2,695

  • Program Fees 12 months: $3,295

A $200 deposit will be charged after the screening interview with us. The remainder of the fees is paid after a placement has been secured.

Costs that are not included:

  • SEVIS fee: $220

  • Embassy appointment fee: $160

  • Airfare


All training positions are hourly paid. The hourly pay depends on the state you train in and on your previous Hospitality work experience. 

Your hourly pay covers your living expenses and gives you the opportunity to save some money to travel after your Training program ends. The hourly pay for Front Office/Rooms Training positions is between $10 and $13 per hour.

You have to pay taxes on your pay, which will be withheld automatically by your Host Employer. After your training program ends, you can claim part of these taxes back with the help of Training 4 Hospitality.


We keep the application process as simple as possible for your convenience.​ The average application takes around 3 months to complete, from the moment you apply to the moment your visa is approved. Please find the application steps here:

  1. Submit your application using the online application form or our paper application form.

  2. Have a Skype interview with us. You'll receive an invitation through email within 2 days after submitting your application.

  3. Pay your $200 program deposit and start collecting your J-1 visa documentation.

  4. Review the offer for the Hospitality training position we send you and prepare for your hotel interview.

  5. After a successful hotel interview, sign your hotel offer letter, which explains the position, hourly pay and other important details and pay your remaining program fees.

  6. Send Training 4 Hospitality your J-1 visa documentation so you can be sent the J-1 visa documentation (these are called DS forms).

  7. Prepare for your embassy appointment at your local U.S. embassy to apply for the J-1 visa. We help you prepare for a successful appointment.

  8. Receive proof of your insurance and arrange housing with the help of Training 4 Hospitality. 

  9. Visit the U.S. embassy. After a successful appointment you receive your J-1 visa within a couple of days.

  10. Book your flight and start an amazing adventure in the United States!

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