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1. Posted by wbwanderer (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Hello everyone,

I was hoping some of you could help me out. I'm hoping to get a WHV for NZ and work there for around 9 months or so. Right now, the plan is to arrive there in October (Assuming I'm able to land a WHV) with around $US3000-4000. First off, do you think that will be enough money, or should I try to save more? I would love to do some of the more expensive activities (sky dive, scuba dive, travel extensively within the country, etc.) and I don't think that any job I would find could supplement these kinds of activities, on top of food and accomodation. Or do you think it would? I'm also into the bar/club scene. I'd like to go out a few times a week.

What kind of wages could I expect, say working at a restaraunt/bar? Is it hard finding work? Would it be cheaper to live in a hostel, or try renting from someone. From what it looks like, I can rent at about $NZ600 month. Does that seem about right? Also, do you know if it's easy to find work at a hostel in exchange for room & board?

Sorry for all the questions. I'm just trying to gather all the information I can so I know how much to save (I'm horrible at saving, but can do it if the cause is worth while).

Thanks in advance. I really do appreciate it.

2. Posted by yapkh (Budding Member 34 posts) 10y

Yo wbwanderer,

I will be hitting NZ this April Fool together with my GF.

We both Malaysian, acquired WHM visa from NZ High Commission in SG and the application is being approved within 4 working days (might be earlier if we have callup earlier.

Anyway the there is some changes which is not publish in da website, U need to travel to NZ within 1 year of ur visa issued date instead of 3 months. So I guess u can apply ur visa anytime from now and go later (check with the NZ high commission as it might be diff from country to country)

Im still seeking advise from ppl regarding the employment over there but I can share abit on the room rental. Room / House rental can be expensive if we go through agent as the agent will charge us for commision (if not mistaken.. still find it funny)

Besides that, U r required to deposit 4 weeks rental to an association as security and this can be withdraw once the rental end. Also U need to pay 2 weeks deposit in advance. which mean if u r renting a house at NZ250/week

Agent Fees = NZ250
Security Dep = NZ1000
2 mths deposit = NZ500
weekly rental = NZ250

Which make up to NZ2000 for the 1st week and NZ250 for subsequence week (if not mistaken)

Also it is kinda easy to arrange farmstay i guess.. theere is a few threads in this forum discussion on this .... try to look around

3. Posted by marksaunt (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

I've just returned from a month in NZ and each time I met an american working somewhere I asked how easy it was to find work - I've been toying with the idea of doing what you're doing...anyway, it seemed that in the touristy towns like Queenstown on the south island and Paihia in the Bay of Islands on the north island, it's easy to get work in restaurants and bars. I was told that employers will sponsor you for those kind of jobs. Also working for concessions like rafting companies and the like. I was surprised -- seems it's hard to keep people year round in those locations.