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11. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 8y

Regarding the knife, why don't you just take one with you and check it in? Last thing I knew carrying knives was fine provided it wasn't in your carry-on luggage.

12. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

As long as it isn't some really huge knife you could put one in your luggage that goes underneath, but even in the days before 9/11 you couldn't bring a knife even as little as a small pocket knife on a plane in your onboard luggage.

As for bringing little or no money in to New Zealand, if you get asked when going to enter, I would not say that you only have $50. If you did you would be 100% guarenteed to be sent packing back to the US on the next plane out no matter what your explanation is or what nationality you are. On a TV show that shows New Zealand passport control/customs procedures anyone travelling more than a few days who claims to have access to a few hundred dollars or less always gets sent packing. Claim that you have access to about $7000 and then you'll stand a chance of getting in assuming they don't ask to see proof. You may be lucky and they wouldn't even ask you about the amount of funds you have access to, but on both entries I have made to New Zealand I have been asked (they didn't ask for proof though). Even Australian people going to New Zealand (who are allowed to work and live without a visa) get turned back with such claims of only travelling with $50 even if they make the claims of staying with friends, camping, hitch hiking etc.

One person on an episode a month or so back had a girlfriend living in the country waiting to pick him up from the airport. The officers interviewed the girlfriend and despite the fact she gave the officers her word that she would cover his expenses and let him live in her house for free, he still got sent packing back home.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 26, 2008, at 6:48 PM by aharrold45 ]

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

Quoting Peter

Regarding the knife, why don't you just take one with you and check it in? Last thing I knew carrying knives was fine provided it wasn't in your carry-on luggage.

That's a good idea, I never thought of that. I'll check up on it.

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

Quoting aharrold45

As for bringing little or no money in to New Zealand, if you get asked when going to enter, I would not say that you only have $50. If you did you would be 100% guarenteed to be sent packing back to the US on the next plane out no matter what your explanation is or what nationality you are.....

Thank you for that valuable piece of advice. I'll bring my (empty) ATM card and some cash so I look like I have money.

15. Posted by Mariannam (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

Hey Nick,
this thing they are talking about, the working in farms (4-8h a day) in exchange of food and accomodation thing, you must be a member of an organization that runs it. There are a couple that I know. One is WWOOF and the membership to be able to contact the hosts cost about 60 AUD a year, you get a book with all the contacts.. the other one is called Help Exchange (HelpX) and there's a type of membership which is free of charge and it lasts for a couple of years. I think it works quite well in New Zealand, and the website is really good and helpful.
I'm planning to do that next year round Australia, so i trust it myself!
Good luck with the experience!
Mariannam

16. Posted by jaznz (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

http://www.wwoof.co.nz/

Go to this site mate, exactly what you're looking for.
You work on an organic farm and in return you get food and board. Wwoofer farms are all over the country. Very popular with broke backpackers.

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18. Posted by JessieG (Full Member 67 posts) 8y

How will you get home?
HOw're you going to get out of Auckland with $50? I'm assuming that's where you're landing

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

Quoting JessieG

How will you get home?
HOw're you going to get out of Auckland with $50? I'm assuming that's where you're landing

Round trip ticket. I'm skipping the $50. I'm broke as hell right now. I don't really need a knife right off the bat, maybe I'll come across one at some point.

That WOOFing thing, sounds cool, but I really have no money. It costs $50 to enroll, thats above my budget.

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