Working Holiday Australia vs New Zealand

Working Holiday Australia vs New Zealand

Which working holiday should you choose? New Zealand or Australia? We compare the two countries’ working holiday options to help you decide!

New Zealand and Australia Working Holiday Comparison

New ZealandAustralia
Can work for a single employer for up to 12 months. Can work for a single employer for up to 6 months.
The visa costs $245 NZD and is free for US citizens. The visa costs $485 AUD.
Some countries (including the USA) can’t extend their working holiday past 12 months. You can extend to 24 months if you do 3 months farm work in your first year.
Living costs are slightly lower than Australia. Wages are higher than in New Zealand.
Easier to find work in a specific field due to longer contract allowance. Can be difficult to find specialist work due to 6 month employment limit.
Perfect for outdoor types who love hiking, skiing, mountain biking and extreme sports. Great for people who are looking for an urban lifestyle and who love the beach.
Buying and running a car is extremely affordable and straight forward. Buying and running a car is complicated and expensive (though do-able).
Public transport is pretty unreliable everywhere – you need a car. Public transport in the big cities is great, a car isn’t crucial within the cities.
Plenty of great eateries, bars, micro-breweries in the main cities. Alcohol generally is cheaper than Australia. Plenty of great eateries, bars, micro-breweries in the main cities. Alcohol is expensive and it’s hard to find a pint.
The weather is pretty good throughout summer, but not as good as Australia. The weather in summer is incredible (although Melbourne can be variable).
No dangerous animals (but lots of birds). Deadly animals (though really not a worry in the big cities.)

The above comparison is formed from our own experiences doing working holidays in both Australia and New Zealand. Things like living costs, weather, public transport, etc. are going to vary within both countries depending on where you are located.