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1. Posted by Kayleighjade888 (Budding Member 5 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I'm travelling alone to New Zealand on the 28th August on a working holiday visa. I have already spent the past two years in Australia on a working holiday visa which was amazing. I travelled and lived in Australia with my boyfriend but unfortunately we are no longer together and I'm hoping to speak to some people in New Zealand before I arrive as I'm extremely nervous about doing it alone :( I've never been to NZ but I've heard amazing things. I think once I get there I will do a bus tour and travel round both islands to see where I want to spend more time. I would love any advice about travelling round NZ and also if anyone will be there around the same time as me I would love a friend to meet up with :) thanks, Kayleigh x

2. Posted by Csinnott94 (Budding Member 3 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hi Kayleigh,

I am also flying out to new Zealand in September, looking to travel around and find a job. Im in the same position I have no clue where to go or what to do


3. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 716 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

There are a quite a few members here in New Zealand - most likely all will be willing to help you both. I live in Auckland which so people say is not worth a stop but I think there's a good three or four day's worth to keep you amused and plenty of jobs if you are looking for bar or cafe work. The South Island is not to be missed for stunning scenery.

Living costs are high here - Auckland rent will be at least NZD200 a week and a beer in a bar is at least NZD8 and usually 10 or 11 (and it won't be a full imperial pint either).

For transport from the airport to the CBD use the Auckland Skybus and it's probably best to get a local SIM card for your phone - 2 degrees is probably cheapest and they do data packages too.

For jobs, look at Seek NZ or Trade Me. (I can't post links on this tablet easily and I'm presently out of NZ on holiday.)

Any other things, either post here or PM me. Enjoy New Zealand! :):)

4. Posted by Kayleighjade888 (Budding Member 5 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hello both, thanks for replying 😊

Chlo, are you also going alone? Will you be flying into Auckland? I am going to Singapore 22nd August to 28th August and then will arrive in Auckland on the 29th August. What date will you arrive in NZ? I really don't know what to expect but I'm very excited to explore NZ!

Thankyou so much for the information borisborough! So you mention that living costs in Auckland are high but do wages compensate this? I lived in Sydney for 18 months and it was so expensive but wages were really good too! When I arrive in NZ I would like to explore both islands at my own pace, would you recommend one of the various bus companies to do this? Or I've also read trains can be a good option too? Thanks in advance :)

5. Posted by Scottyy (Budding Member 20 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

New Zealand is an amazing place I was there for 6 months in methven near ashburton :) South Island. I loved it only problem was how far our farm was from the town but I had a car so wasn't to bad :) I would love to go back but my holiday working visa runs out in August and can't leave the farm here in the uk till September the 30th and off to oz then :).
I found that shopping was a pricey experience but me and a guy I met on the farm next door used to shop together and then split big packs between one another also go round each other's for tea so it made it fairly cheap.
We also payed for the plane trip round the mountains and ice :) well worth it. All my pics of that are on fb :)
My advice is try not to be alone it's the worse thing

Plenty of jobs around I got mine on trade me :) also there is a amazing forum called backpackerboards nz There is jobs and everything on there I used it for finding new friends

I would love to go back and in a year or 2 I will on a diffent visa :).

I found the price in bars and pubs was a lot but it's life hahaha
Loads of good opportunities there and plenty to see I found the number of travelers was massive so many people to meet

Anyways sorry to blab on. Good luck

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Jul-2017, at 03:18 by Scottyy ]

6. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 716 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

There's a minimum wage - I think it's about NZD12.50 but you can earn more than that for skilled employment. The rail network is limited but there are cheap buses - look up Manu buses or Naked Bus.

7. Posted by Scottyy (Budding Member 20 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Also plenty of employment if your willing to turn your hand at farming. Most farm jobs will be $15 plus a hour They often will take newbies so we had one a guy who had never been on a farm in there life
It doesn't take long to train someone to milk or feed and bed up calfs
Met loads of people that are working on farms and had never done farming befor in there life's.
I will say this for the kiwis they will take the time to train people
And with milking your better off learning in a herrinbone than a rotary slower pace and you can watch the other guy

Also with farming accommodation comes with the job as a rule even on the uk you will find farm jobs come with housing. So you can save
I had a 3 bed house to my self it was bliss
I'm used to training people as we have apprentice s at home every year.

Hope it helps.

8. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3859 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I went to NZ alone on a working holiday and had a great time. I met loads of people through my job and in the shared house I was in.

I'd recommend Stray for your bus tour - they take you to the highlights of the country and will drop you off at hostels along the way. It's a hop -on, hop-off system so you can stay in each place as long as you want. It's also a great way to meet people.

I was in NZ for 5 years so let me know if you have any more questions.

9. Posted by Kayleighjade888 (Budding Member 5 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hi Bex and scotty! Thankyou for replying!!

Bex, you must have had an amazing time if you spent 5 years there :) when you first arrived in New Zealand alone what did you do? Did you do the bus tours round the islands? I know that this will be personal preference but what areas of NZ would you recommend to find work? I'm pretty open as to what job I do, I found it easy to find work in Aus so hopefully I'll have the same luck in New Zealand! Also how much money would you say if need to initially go to New Zealand with?

Scotty, sounds great, I would love to work on a farm! I did fame work in aus and loved it!! Thanks for the information tho, I will definitely be going with an open mind in terms of working and location :))

10. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3859 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Yes, I ended up meeting a kiwi guy and getting residency through him! I did love it there and I plan to go back one day.

I work in IT so Auckland was a good option for me work- wise. If you want to work in other industries such has hospitality or tourist - related jobs you have loads of options. Some friends of mine went to Queenstown for their working holidays and loved it; they also found work quite easily.

I think when I arrived I had about $4k but that was quite a while ago - I'm not sure what the stipulations are now. Obviously the more you have the better, as it will give you more flexibility whilst looking for a job.