You will be allowed to stay in New Zealand for up to four years on the New Zealand student visa.
If your course is less than 12 weeks long, you will need to obtain a visitor’s visa. However should you plan on studying anything that is over 12 weeks long, you will be required to obtain a student visa.
Firstly, it is imperative for you to understand that if you wish to obtain a New Zealand student visa, the education provider which you intend to study with, has got to be fully registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
In terms of where to apply, you are required to apply here.
You are only allowed to work for up to twenty hours a week. Although during school holidays and holiday times, you may work full time. Please be aware that there are no restrictions for PhD and Masters Research students.
Here is some additional information which you may find useful:
• You will be required to have medical and travel insurance for the full duration of time that you will be studying in New Zealand.
• There are very strict requirements which you will need to meet in order to successfully obtain a student visa for New Zealand.
• There are currently three methods used, in order to determine the length of your specific stay.
• There are certain students who may be exempt from applying for a student visa, this includes citizens of Australia.