Many expats moving to New Zealand will find the transition to be pretty easy. Before any of the planning process can begin, you must apply for a New Zealand working holiday visa. Whether you explore New Zealand immediately or choosing to work first and play later, you’ll want a job. There are plenty of working holiday visa jobs in New Zealand to choose from, and I don’t think people should fret. There are plenty of opportunities that suit each personality, skill set and need; the world is your oyster.
New Zealand has certainly gained popularity among travelers of all ages in recent years. It’s serene atmosphere and majestic landscape make this destination a top choice for adventure seekers. Once you’ve started applying for working holiday visa jobs you will learn there are a few steps to the entire process. To ensure transparency, I’ve created this guide for expats moving to New Zealand.
1. Open a bank account
In order to apply for your tax Inland Revenue Department number, you’ll need to set up an account. The IRD is essential and you’ll want to get the wheels turning as soon as possible. In my short time here, I’ve noticed that Kiwis are never really in a rush; everything moves a bit slower. I’m not complaining!
There are a several banks to choose from:
I personally chose ANZ due to the excellent interest rates offered through a savings account. Go into a bank of your choice in the morning and schedule an appointment to open an account. It will most likely not be that same day, which is why this needs to be taken care in a reasonable amount of time. You’ll need to bring your passport, proof of address and an undisclosed amount of money to put in the bank. Since James and I didn’t have a bill with our names on it yet, we weren’t able to open an account easily. For some reason, the banks in New Zealand will easier accept a hostel as a proof of address rather than an actual townhouse, which is where we live. You tell me which has a higher chance of money laundering.
Anyway, James’ father lives here, but banks with an ANZ competitor. For this reason, ANZ wasn’t willing to accept his father’s mail as proof of address, either. Eventually, we had to go into the bank on a Saturday morning with James’ father so he could provide his passport. In the end, it seemed to be a totally pointless ordeal, as they didn’t once speak to his father. The moral of the story is you’ll have an easier time opening a bank account if you’re initially staying in a hostel, not a home. Bizarre, I know.
Anyway, once you open your bank you’ll need to make an initial deposit as well as withdraw cash to ensure the account is working. Tell the bank you need proof of validity for your IRD application. Get a signed copy of the statement from your bank teller as it will come in handy in the future.
2. Apply for your IRD number
The IRD number is extremely important as it is what you’ll need to have in order for an employer to deposit money into your account. There are four steps to this IRD application process:
- Deposit and withdraw money (mentioned above)
- Complete the IRD application form
- Make copies of the following documents:
- Passport information page
- Proof of current address (bank statement) or past address (valid driver’s license)
- Proof of your current New Zealand working holiday visa
- Proof that your bank account meets standards (the paper that you had signed after opening your bank account.)
- Send your signed application form and the documents mentioned above to the following address:
PO Box 39050
Wellington Mail Centre 5045
3. Get a phone plan
You’re obviously going to want to have your potential employers have a number to call. However, New Zealand isn’t known for having great WiFi, so you’ll want to pick a quality service provider. There are a few different types, but I suggest using Vodafone or Spark.
I personally went for Spark, as it offers an excellent shared package. Although my package is a bit more than Vodafone’s, it includes a two bonus GB of data each month, free Spotify premium and a variety of perks to choose from. While the money may hold back other travelers from purchasing a similar phone plan, we felt as though it was an excellent deal. Bring your own unlocked phone.
Once you’ve gotten these key factors squared away, you can begin your hunt for working holiday visa jobs in New Zealand! Did you find this guide for expats moving to New Zealand helpful? Let me know in the comments below!