Our relationship with Lithuania

New Zealand has a friendly relationship with Lithuania. There is a small Lithuanian community centred in Auckland. 

As small states, our two countries share similar interests, and work well together at the multilateral level.  We have a common approach across a range of international issues, and we cooperate closely in multilateral fora. New Zealand and Lithuania were non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council  in 2015. New Zealand also values Lithuania’s role as a member of the European Union, NATO and the OECS.

Building on these political ties, New Zealand and Lithuania established a Working Holiday Scheme, which allows 100 young people annually to holiday, work and study in each other’s countries for up to a year. This agreement strengthens the people-to-people ties between our two countries.


Year ending March 2019 statistics

Total trade

NZ$70 million


Exports to Lithuania

NZ$18 million 

Top exports: Wool and frozen fish

Imports from Lithuania

NZ$51 million

Top imports: Fertilizers, inorganic chemicals, clothing and apparel

GDP per capita



Working Holiday Scheme

New Zealanders aged between 18 and 30 can apply for a 12-month working holiday for Lithuania.

To apply you will need to present in person either at:

 For further information contact amb.jp@urm.lt


Recent official visits

New Zealand to Lithuania

  • Hon Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries, March 2017
  • Hon Murray McCully, Minister of Foreign Affairs, June 2016

Lithuania to New Zealand

  • Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Darius Skusevičius, February 2018 
  • Foreign Minister, Linas Linkevičius. March 2015
  • President Valdas Adamkus, February 2006

News & Events

New travel rules for New Zealand

Czech Republic

From 1 October 2019, some international visitors and transit passengers must have an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) before travelling to NZ

Anzac Day Commemoration Service 25 April 2019


New Zealanders in Poland, Estonia, Georgia and Ukraine are welcome to participate in 2019 Anzac commemoration services with the New Zealand, Australian and British communities.