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1. Posted by Clairabell (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y

Hi guys,

I know this is a very broad question but I could really do with some input. After travelling around SEA for a few months my partner and I were
intending to move to OZ for a year. However, after speaking to a few folks we have been told that NZ is much more worth the visit.

The major problem is that we simply can not afford to do both, we either fly out to NZ or OZ and make home their for the coming year. To help with any advice I can tell you a little of what we are looking for; we love the countryside/ beaches/ outdoors life, cycling, restaurants, reading, food, food, food (both keen cooks), drinking, meeting new folks...generally a chilled and relaxed life style. We currently live in a big city and would love to experience a different environment, open space ect.

I work in education and am not sure how easy it is to come by teaching jobs in OZ. Partner works in IT. We very much want to experience a culture that is not so work orientated and has a better work/ life balance.

Any advice would be received with a :)

Cheers
Claire

2. Posted by emma1979 (Full Member 126 posts) 9y

Hi Claire,

I can't comment on which country to choose between NZ or Oz as I've never been to Oz yet...but I can tell you that NZ can offer you all the things you are looking for. It is quite cold across the country during the winter months but nothing too extreme. I did have friends however in both you and your partners line of work who found it very easy to find teaching jobs and IT jobs. My friend who worked in IT was paid $45 per hour for a Monday to Friday 8-4 job and neither of them were over worked and had plenty of downtime. Actually I can say that NZ employs a very relaxed attitude and there is that good work/life balance - much more relaxed than the UK. I think there is a lack of teachers in NZ also so you would not find it hard to get a job in this line of work. Good luck with your decision!! Hope it all works out for you guys! :)

Emma

3. Posted by TimOrum (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

Im a kiwi,

And to be honest, they are both fantastic places to vist. dont rush eather of them. perhaps save one for another time. if you like lots of sun then aus. , if you like a break from the sun for 3 months a year then NZ

Eather way you will have a great time!!

4. Posted by Emmalineau (Full Member 94 posts) 9y

That's a hard choice! Both have so much to offer.

PROS and CONS

NZ is smaller so you may have a little more trouble finding work you'd like to do BUT because it's smaller it's a lot easier (and cheaper) to get around and see all the sights.

Aus is huge - you'd need a year to just get all the way round! I live here and I haven't seen most of the country! May find it easier to get work but it's a bit more expensive. The scenery is probably a lot more varied though - bush, rainforest, desert, wild stormy beaches down south and pristine white islands up north.

Both have great adventuing - specially for outdoors-y types. I reckon whichever you choose, leave 6 weeks at the end of your trip to visit the other. You won't regret it!