Our relationship with Argentina

New Zealand enjoys a friendly, cooperative relationship with Argentina. We have many shared interests, including freeing up global agricultural trade, protecting Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, as well as working together on issues such as climate change, whale conservation, international human rights, peace-keeping and non-proliferation of weapons.We also share a passion for rugby, and the sport has provided a number of opportunities to strengthen connections between us through coaching and player exchanges.

A two-way working holiday scheme gives young citizens the opportunity to visit and work in Argentina and New Zealand. Demand is strong for the 1,000 visas available to young Argentines.

In December 2015, Air New Zealand began flying direct from Auckland to Buenos Aires.  Since then, visitor arrivals from Argentina to New Zealand have increased from 5,392 in 2015 to 15,344 in 2016.


2016 statistics

Total trade in goods 

$199.2 million


Exports to Argentina

$23.2 million 

Top exports: paper products, aircrafts, machinery, albuminoids, starches and glues, and electrical machinery

Imports from Argentina

$176 million

Top imports: soya bean oil cake, sugar, prepared and preserved fruits and nuts, and vehicles

Both New Zealand and Argentina rely on their agricultural sectors for export income (particularly dairy, beef and cropping), which is why two-way trade in goods is modest, though growing. That said, New Zealand businesses have made significant investments in Argentina, particularly the dairy, fisheries, wine and tourism sectors and there are opportunities to cooperate further in these areas.

Working Holiday Scheme

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

To apply, you can go to the Embassy of Argentina in Wellington (external link).


Recent official visits

New Zealand to Argentina
  • 2016: New Zealand Speaker of the House Rt Hon David Carter visited Argentina accompanied by Members of Parliament for the Speaker’s Delegation visit to South America
  • 2015: Minister Bennett visited Argentina on Air New Zealand’s inaugural flight to Buenos Aires
  • 2013: Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy visited Argentina to attend the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) conference
  • 2010: Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully visited Argentina
  • 2009: Agriculture Minister David Carter gave the keynote address to the World Forestry Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina to New Zealand
  • 2017: Argentina’s Secretary of Agriculture, Ricardo Negri, visited New Zealand
  • 2014: Science, Technology and Productive Innovation Minister Dr Lino Baranao visited New Zealand
  • 2014: Governor of Santa Fe Antonio Bonfatti came to New Zealand for visit focused on agriculture
  • 2011: Governor of Tierra del Fuego Fabiana Rios visited New Zealand
  • 2010: Agriculture Undersecretary Oscar Solis visited New Zealand