You’re never too old to start your overseas experience, but after 30 your options to get a working holiday visa do diminish. For passport holders of most countries you have to be 30 years or under to apply for a working holiday visa in New Zealand. However, it is possible to do a working holiday in New Zealand over the age of thirty depending on where you are from.
If you are a passport holder of one of the following countries, you can apply for a Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand up to the age of 35:
- Czech Republic
If you are a US, UK or Irish citizen, the easiest way to get a working holiday in New Zealand over the age of 30 is on an International Exchange Programme (IEP) through BUNAC. The IEP gives you a one year work visa in New Zealand up to the age of 35 for US, UK and Irish passport holders.
We’ve tried-and-tested the IEP for New Zealand, and can confirm it is legit! The great thing about the IEP is that you don’t have the same work limitations that you do on a normal working holiday, such as being unable to apply for permanent roles. You can also apply for the IEP if you have previously done a working holiday in New Zealand. There is a limit to the number of IEPs they have, and they are usually released in December or January. Be sure to get in quickly to ensure you don’t miss out!
Not sure about whether to do a working holiday? Take a look at this article, which weighs up the pros and cons of embarking on a working holiday. In our opinion, doing a working holiday in New Zealand after 30 is no more difficult than when you are in your twenties.
If you are not eligible for any of the above methods, your best option is to pursue a skill based work visa. You can check out the New Zealand Immigration website for different visa options you may be eligible for.