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Our relationship with Hungary

New Zealand’s relationship with Hungary is friendly and based largely on people-to-people links. We have a small community of around 1,400 Hungarians – many of whom arrived in New Zealand after the 1956 revolution.

While bilateral links with Hungary are modest compared with some other EU countries, New Zealand and Hungary cooperate in the international arena where we share interests, particularly as supporters of the United Nations peacekeeping efforts. A working holiday scheme enables young New Zealanders and Hungarians to live and work in each others countries.


Year ending March 2019 statistics

Total trade

NZ$121 million


Exports to Hungary

NZ$15 million  

Top exports: Iron and steel, mechanical and machinery equipment  

Imports from Hungary

NZ$106 million

Top imports: motor vehicles, parts and accessories; mechanical and machinery equipment
GDP per capita US$15,939  

Our trade and economic relationship with Hungary is modest - Hungary is our 74th largest trading partner (counting EU Member States individually), with two-way trade heavily weighted in Hungary’s favour, with New Zealand importing mostly forestry products and textiles.

Working Holiday Scheme

New Zealanders aged between 18 and 35 can apply for a 12-month working holiday visa for Hungary.

To apply, you can go to the Hungarian Embassy in Canberra. You can also apply in Hungary at any regional office of the Office of Immigration and Nationality after arriving there.

For more information, go to the Hungarian Office of Immigration and Nationality website(external link).


Recent official visits

New Zealand to Hungary

  • August 2016: Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully visited Budapest
  • June 2014: Prime Minister's Special Envoy on the UN Security Council Jim Bolger visited Budapest
  • October 2012: Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams attended the Cyberspace Conference, Budapest
  • April 2008: Speaker of the House Margaret Wilson led a cross-party delegation of parliamentarians to Hungary (as well as Poland and the Czech Republic)
  • October 2006: Internal Affairs Minister Rick Barker visited

Hungary to New Zealand

  • February 2017: Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó visited Wellington and Auckland
  • November 2016: President of the Republic of Hungary János Áder visited Wellington, Auckland, Rotorua and Taupo
  • November 2014: Speaker László Kövér visited;
  • March 2014: Hungary sent an observer delegation to attend the 4th International Summit on the Teaching Profession, held in Wellington
  • March 2013: State Secretary Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Zsolt Németh visited
  • September 2011: Special Envoy Ambassador Gyorgy Habsburg visited 


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