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1. Posted by Grant.fox1991 (Budding Member 6 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hey all!!

My name is Grant, I am 26 and currently living in Kent, England. I travelled Australia 2015/16 and after being back at home since then, I really want to get travelling again and have decided on New Zealand. I am, however, completely without a plan and so would appreciate any advice anyone has to offer! I am looking to leave England around March 2018, so have more than enough time to get a little plan together. At the moment I am a restaurant manager, and have quite a bit of experience in hospitality work so would probably look for similar work whilst I am out there. I would however love to do a bit of work around snowboarding/skiing if the opportunity arose.

As said any tips, tricks, information or advice anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks

Grant

2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 716 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I posted in another thread but ..... try to get any qualifications verified by NZQA before leaving the UK. Look for jobs on SeekNZ or Trade Me Jobs..

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5087 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

In many ways, New Zealand is just like Australia. The cities will feel quite similar with brands and people. Prices will be similar, too, though generally 10% cheaper. But distances between everything will be an order of magnitude shorter. There's about the same variety of landscapes, but all crammed together into two 'small' islands, and so you can really go wild with seeing it all. Nature is absolutely stunning. If you've been to Tasmania, like that, but then multiplied by some superlative amount. And it doesn't matter where in New Zealand you are for hiking opportunities. Head to the edge of any town anywhere, and you'll come across trusty dark green and yellow signs by the Department of Conservation, pointing you to the nearest trails. (They're even working on linking up a whole bunch of them so you can walk the entire length of both islands.)

Oh, and to answer the question from your blog - old zealand is "zeeland", the southwest province of the Netherlands. :)

4. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 334 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Hi Grant, I too am from Kent! I travelled and worked in New Zealand a few years back. At that point I was 30 and I think the fact I was a bit older than your typical backpacker helped me get a job, so hopefully you will find something similar.

I think New Zealand is a fantastic country, much superior to Australia in my opinion. You will love it!

5. Posted by Grant.fox1991 (Budding Member 6 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Sander

In many ways, New Zealand is just like Australia. The cities will feel quite similar with brands and people. Prices will be similar, too, though generally 10% cheaper. But distances between everything will be an order of magnitude shorter. There's about the same variety of landscapes, but all crammed together into two 'small' islands, and so you can really go wild with seeing it all. Nature is absolutely stunning. If you've been to Tasmania, like that, but then multiplied by some superlative amount. And it doesn't matter where in New Zealand you are for hiking opportunities. Head to the edge of any town anywhere, and you'll come across trusty dark green and yellow signs by the Department of Conservation, pointing you to the nearest trails. (They're even working on linking up a whole bunch of them so you can walk the entire length of both islands.)

Oh, and to answer the question from your blog - old zealand is "zeeland", the southwest province of the Netherlands. :)

Some really solid advice here man thank you!!

And thanks for solving the mystery of 'Zeeland'.. I'm just happy someone read my blog ;) haha

Grant

6. Posted by Grant.fox1991 (Budding Member 6 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Steve79

Hi Grant, I too am from Kent! I travelled and worked in New Zealand a few years back. At that point I was 30 and I think the fact I was a bit older than your typical backpacker helped me get a job, so hopefully you will find something similar.

I think New Zealand is a fantastic country, much superior to Australia in my opinion. You will love it!

The garden of England, right!! Haha. Awesome man, awesome. Yeah a heap of people I have spoken to that are looking to head to NZ next are a little bit younger, and it is clear they have different mind sets. My ultimate goal right now, is to head out there and build enough of a life there that I can stay, but I am sure that will change in a couple of days lol.

Thanks for the advice, always appreciated

7. Posted by darryl.travel (Budding Member 3 posts) 6d Star this if you like it!

Hi Grant,

New Zealand is one of my favourite countries to travel around. I have been there several times. When I first went I was 25 years old.

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I would advise flying into Auckland and make your way south towards Wanaka and Queenstown if you're looking at skiing and snowboarding, more so Queenstown if you're trying to get into hospitality.

If you want any tips give me a message.

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