Our relationship with Argentina

New Zealand enjoys a friendly, cooperative relationship with Argentina. We have many shared interests, including freeing up global agricultural trade, Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, climate change, whale conservation, international human rights, peace-keeping and non-proliferation of weapons.

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.

From December 2015, Air New Zealand will begin flying direct from Auckland to Buenos Aires, which will strengthen our ties with Latin America.


2014 statistics

Total trade in goods 

$221 million


Exports to Argentina

$22 million 

Top exports: cardboard cartons and paper bags, raw sheep or lamb skins, insecticides, rodenticides, herbicides, and fungicides

Imports from Argentina

$199 million

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


US$540 billion

GDP per capita US $12,873 (NZ GDP per capita is US$43,837)
GDP growth  0.5%  

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. 

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
  • 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
  • 2008: Climate Change Minister David Parker visited Argentina for the El Calafate Southern Lights Dialogue
Argentina to 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