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What is the budget for a WHP in New Zealand?
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Are you going on a Working Holiday Programme (WHP) to New Zealand for a year of fantastic discovery and English-speaking work experience? To live the great adventure without worry, anticipate your budget. From the essentials to the little pleasures, find out how much you can afford to spend on your WHP in New Zealand.

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Going on a WHP in New Zealand: the budget to apply

You haven't celebrated your 31st birthday yet? Now is the time to apply for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa! To validate your application and obtain your visa, you must first pay 280 New Zealand dollars online, which is approximately 175 euros according to the current exchange rate. 

But it is not enough to have just this amount available in your bank account to be eligible! In order to clear New Zealand customs, you will need to prove that you have the means to support yourself during your stay in the country. To do this, you will need to show proof of having NZ$4,200 in savings (about €2,650), such as a bank statement. You will also need to show a return flight ticket, or proof that you have sufficient funds to pay for it

As you can see, if you want to prepare for your departure, save money!

Good to know: depending on your departure period, the airline and the number of stopovers, a plane ticket from Paris to Auckland represents between 500 and 1,200 euros.

Health insurance: a mandatory expense item for WHP in New Zealand

In addition to your savings, another condition for entry into New Zealand for a WHP is that you have health insurance. As soon as you arrive in the country, you will be asked for proof of your insurance.

Why is this important? Because although the New Zealand health system is known to be of high quality, health costs can quickly escalate (count the equivalent of 60 euros for a general practitioner consultation and 40 euros for a visit to the dentist). Access to social protection is reserved for permanent residents or people who have been working there for more than two years, which is not the case for a person on a WHP.

WHP international insurance does have a cost, but you will quickly realise that it is a worthy investment!

The budget for travelling and living in WHP New Zealand

The good news is that, health aside, everyday life is cheaper in New Zealand than in France! If you move to Auckland, you will pay around 400 euros per month to live in a shared apartment.

Go further: Accommodation during your WHP in New Zealand

Groceries are also quite cheap: you should expect to pay an average of €120 per month depending on the size of your stomach and how demanding it is. Opening a bank account with a credit card is free, and the all-inclusive telephone package costs around 5 euros per month. 

What will weigh on your budget is the holiday part of your WHP. Petrol can sometimes double depending on the region, and travel costs can explode, for example if you follow in Frodo's footsteps through the most beautiful filming locations of The Lord of the Rings.

So, add to your travel budget with the "work" part of your WHP and think about lightening the bill, thanks to the good deals you can find on social networks!

More info: How to find a WHP job in New Zealand? 

To insure your WHP in New Zealand, choose APRIL International

For peace of mind, take out international health and repatriation insurance tailored to your WHP, covering you for the whole duration of your stay.
With APRIL International's MyTravelCover WHP, you can choose your level of cover (full or special low-budget cover), without having to do without the essentials. 

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