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Advice for student on living in New Zealand

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1. Posted by Tyne (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

I am a US citizen and a college student. I would like to move to New Zealand and get a job there. I'd stay for 1 year at the most. I know I can get a visa through BUNAC for around $480. I'm sure it would be difficult to find employment before arrival, but once I'm there, there's no guarantee that I would find a job. So . . . is there a best city to start in for job hunting? A particular industry that would be most likely to hire a student with a temporary work visa? My job experience is in retail and pets. Best way to find a cheap rental? Any information would be appreciated. Thank you!

2. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 8y

Auckland or Queenstown would probably be good places for your jobhunt. Auckland because it is our largest city, and Queenstown because it is a tourist town that employs lotsa international workers seasonally :)

3. Posted by Tyne (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Quoting hey_monkee

Auckland or Queenstown would probably be good places for your jobhunt. Auckland because it is our largest city, and Queenstown because it is a tourist town that employs lotsa international workers seasonally :)

Aukland sounds like a cool place. Although I've read that housing costs are 25% above the national average.

4. Posted by b3k (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

I'd say wellington, but thats coz I live here so I'm a bit biased!

But Wellington is a fantastic city full of shops, cafes and restaurants so there would be pleanty of retail or hospitality work available. You will have no trouble finding a job here, there are always jobs advertised on the internet and in the local newspapers.

5. Posted by SOMV (Budding Member 57 posts) 8y

If you just type in "harvest trail" or fruit picking or seasonal work, and New Zealand, you will be able to find plenty of work. I am not sure if that is something you are after, but it may be a great and fun way to start your adventure.

:)