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1. Posted by nickcofphe (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

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Hey everyone. I'm leaving to New Zealand for six months from Los Angeles. I'm taking no money other than $50 to buy a knife as soon as i get there. I'm taking a medium sized backpack, change of clothes, pair of boots, 8x10 tarp, bag of rice, trail mix, and oatmeal, a water bottle, a few books, and a journal.

Any advice? As far as the freegan "scene" in NZ. Dumpster diving, berry picking, fishing in the wilderness. Also hitchhiking and freight hopping.

Looking to do a lot of multi week hiking/ camping, and mountain climbing.

I've done similar in the US, had a blast. Best way to travel.

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5808 posts) 8y

I hope your intentions with that knife are good

Seriously though, it seems like a lot of fun to me though I really can't offer any useful advice.

3. Posted by phil767 (Budding Member 54 posts) 8y

LOL That's what I thought when you said $50 and a knife I'm sure he means camping out...I would worry about immigration but if it's not on a working holiday visa and just a holiday maybe they will let you in to go camping. But I came with $5500 and coming from the UK everything in OZ is more expensive than London! Nothing is cheap...At least until you get a job... In england I could get away with spending $40 us dollars (£20) sydney I spend about $100 US Dollars and that's trying to buy cheap things like veg.
Hopefully i'll have a job soon...and only buy food and nothing else and just take the money back home to england...maybe get a quick 2 day trip to fiji because a trip to the blue mountains in oz was outragous...Sounds funny that fiji is a good price but it is :)

4. Posted by nickcofphe (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Haha, yeah. The knife is solely for camping purposes. Cutting firewood, fish, etc.

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6. Posted by mostrim (Inactive 80 posts) 8y

Sounds like a Green Beret/SAS survivalist kind of thing but New Zealand offers a huge variety of terrain and microclimates on both North and South islands. There are plenty of National Park areas which would be good for hiking and it's a country popular with extreme sports enthusiasts who you might get along with. There are a couple of websites which might be of interest to you
http://www.hikingnewzealand.com/

http://www.johnb.co.nz/

http://www.hikoitreks.co.nz/home.html

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 24, 2008, at 5:03 PM by mostrim ]

7. Posted by kevandshan (Full Member 142 posts) 8y

$50 you say....you'll fit right in
Sounds like fun.....I couldn't last a day

8. Posted by nickcofphe (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

I'd bring no money, but I want to buy a knife. Apparently it's against "regulations" to bring knives on planes with you. Everyone's so paranoid.....

9. Posted by the-dream (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Definitely with the knife you'll do OK;) At least for the first days...

In any case, getting back to reality, the important thing is that you manage to find jobs around. This shouldn't be difficult as far as you understand that mainly you'll be working in farms.

In any case, some of the farms where you will work give no economic compensation. You simply are allowed to spend the night there and eat, but no extra money will be given to you, so this is purely a survival measure. You'll be required to work at least 4 hours a day in those places.

If you look for more hours of work you should be able to find some farms where you will receive the above mentioned plus some basic salary that will allow you to pay for the meals out there tramping or adventure activities.

Hope it helps!

P.D: take care with the knife, huh? And don't hunt any kiwi, please!

10. Posted by nickcofphe (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Yes, that does help! I'd much rather be payed in food than in money any day.