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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Hi everybody

I'm getting seriously sick of Auckland, and it seems crazy to be here in NZ for the winter months and not head to Queenstown.

I'd love to hear about people's experiences of living and working down there during the winter.

Is it possible to earn enough to live on? What's it like getting accommodation and so on?

Thanks,
Evelyn

2. Posted by mikescott (Budding Member 23 posts) 9y

Hi Evelyn,
Find a job and accomodation ASAP (hospitality and resort work is best because it gets you closest to the snow) and get down there mid June!

Seriously, book now! Before you get some fresh-faced 18 y/o punk just out of school on their GAP year takes your place. It is the busiest tourism spot in NZ over winter and there is huge demand for work and places to stay. Oh, I don't think accomodation is cheap, either (sorry to be too much of a realist).

Oh, and once you get down there, give me a call :P I grew up snowboarding Coronet Peak...

Hope this helps.

Mike

3. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 9y

If you're looking at staying at a backpackers it'll be about $140/wk. And Mike is right, act now!! It's a popular place to live & work the winter months in NZ, but you might be able to score a job if you contact agencies, or even employers directly asap. Have fun, it's a great area with awesome snow :)

4. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 9y

Ev,

your question brought up good ol' memories of when I lived in Queenstown for almost three months a few years ago. The guys are right if you're looking for accomodation now is the time to do so, I remember we arrived in the middle of May and where just about lucky to get something. We got our simple brick room through the Harcourts real estate on Shotover street and ended up living in the old part of Queenstown holiday park. I don't know if it is still possible to rent the rooms there, but for the two we paid 160 $ a week which was cheap, but we had to share the campground facilities with all the others. The others were around 50 mainly overseas travellers who loved wintersports and lived in either the rooms or cabins and we shortly became lovingly known in town as "white trailer trash'. It was great especially because most of us were staying for the whole season and had the chance to really get to know each other. Usually when your travelling often there isn't the time to become proper friends with other backpackers, but I'm in touch with some of them until today!
The jobs we were doing were as diverse as the countries we came from, some worked for NZ Ski to get a free seasons pass, others in offices or for one of the "adventure" companies. The easiest is to walk through the city and look for job offers in the windows (that's how I ended up working for Subway ).
Most of us were working in hospitality (night shifts so we could ski/snowboard during the day) and it was possible to survive on the money you made. Forget about saving, but you can get by if you do not go out every night (which is not easy, because Queenstown in winter is all about party ;)) and that is what counts.
I would definitely go for it again! And when you head down there make sure you try Fergburger - the best (vego) burger in the world.

Steff
xx

[ Edit: Edited on May 10, 2007, at 10:05 AM by steff ]

5. Posted by michellemm (Full Member 109 posts) 9y

Quoting mikescott

Hi Evelyn,
Seriously, book now! Before you get some fresh-faced 18 y/o punk just out of school on their GAP year takes your place. It is the busiest tourism spot in NZ over winter and there is huge demand for work and places to stay. Oh, I don't think accomodation is cheap, either (sorry to be too much of a realist).
Mike

Do you guys think I must book an acommodation how long before for Queenstown? I'm going there in end July...

Do you have any advice for a hostel? (good and cheap)

Thanks!

Michelle