If you are in NZ already on a Working Holiday visa, this cannot be extended, unless you meet the following criteria:
If the above criteria applies to you, you may be able to extend your Working Holiday for up to another 11 months.
However, please note that you must not work for a period exceeding 12 months, which includes the time you have already spent in NZ on a Working Holiday visa.
If you do not meet the requirements for the above Working Holiday extension, you may be eligible for a Seasonal Work Extension instead.
Can I extend my working holiday visa if I haven't yet travelled to NZ and the visa is about to expire?
If you have been granted a Working Holiday Visa (WHV) you must activate it by arriving in New Zealand within the timeframe provided (usually one year from the date it is granted).
You cannot delay/cancel a WHV that has been granted. If you cannot activate the visa, it will lapse.
Please note that you cannot apply again for a WHV if one was already granted to you.
For further information on Working Holiday visa validity, please refer to Answer "When does my Working Holiday Visa expire?"
This answer was last updated on 21 November, 2013.
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