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New Zealand Travel Buddy wanted or advice on traveling solo

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1. Posted by Sammiimarie (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y

hi guys!
So i'm interested in planing a trip to (South Island) New Zealand in October 2015 (or anytime really, i'm flexible if someone is looking to join me on this adventure.) I have never been to NZ or traveled alone. I'm looking for any advice on traveling cheaply but being able to see as much as I can in the month I plan on staying. Currently, I'm considering doing two 3-4 day hikes at the start and finish of my trip but working WWOOF for two weeks in between. Any hikes you would recommend? WWOOF experiences? Do I need a work visa to do WWOOF?

As for anyone interested in joining me! I'm a (going on) 24 year old girl living in Chicago IL. I have never traveled this far or long alone and I am a bit nervous so would love some like-minded, down to earth company. I want to do these long overnight hikes but without paying for a tour group. I'm not opposed to doing these alone, but would feel more comfortable having a partner. I'm a really easy going and friendly person that loves to learn about other cultures and explore my surroundings. I'd love to find someone who enjoys exploring during the day but wouldn't mind grabbing a beer or glass of wine at night to wind down.

Thanks for the help!
Samantha

2. Posted by Scottishpaul (Budding Member 13 posts) 1y

I'm going in July Sammie, I'm headin christchurch way, have you applied for ye workin visa? Through the NZ immigration website?

http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/work/workingholiday/unitedkingdomworkingholidayscheme.htm

I'm heading to christchurch for a year, South Island , if it comforts you, I'm doing it all by myself aswell haha ✌️

3. Posted by Scottishpaul (Budding Member 13 posts) 1y

I will be travelling but, I will also be working there for a year, I don't think you need a visa to travel for a few months , but I'm not sure on that one

4. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 640 posts) 1y

I've not done the multi day hikes but I've done some day sections of some of them. They mostly seem fairly easy terrain on prepared paths with the challenge being the day-on-day walking.

The Milford Track has a reputation for being the nicest but I also suggest you look at the Routeburn as that was the best scenery I saw.

If you want some variety the other area that seems the most impressive is Tongariro. The Mount Aspiring bit of Fiordland was wow too.

Having just done a couple of days walking in the Nelson Lakes I'd say it was nice but not wow; same for the Catlins.

5. Posted by benny1314 (Budding Member 97 posts) 1y

Hi Guys,

Currently living in Melbourne but I'll be looking at around a 3 week travelling/Holiday adventure!

Not sure if you have anything booked at the moment but I'd love to tag along with you guys for a while if this matches what you are wanting to do?

Looking around May/June time I think :)

Ben

6. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 602 posts) 1y

Quoting Sammiimarie

hi guys!
..... Do I need a work visa to do WWOOF?

...
Samantha

Hi.

Looks like that is not not a Work visa you need but a Working Holiday Visa NZ GOV Which is confusing to me but the last sentence seems to clarify it.

Steve

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Jan-2015, at 16:34 by hasbeen ]

7. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 602 posts) 1y

Quoting hasbeen

Quoting Sammiimarie

hi guys!
..... Do I need a work visa to do WWOOF?

...
Samantha

Hi.

Looks like that is not not a Work visa you need but a Working Holiday Visa NZ GOV Which is confusing to me but the last sentence seems to clarify it.

Steve

However - WHV rules for Us citizens seems to say that it can be valid for up to a year but that you can only ever have one lifetime WHV.

So - if you ever consider going to NZ again, your two weeks WWOOF would have used up your entitlement to another WHV . Your call of course, but I think you might like to go back.I know I would.

Steve

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