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Kiwi or OZ working holiday visa??

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1. Posted by ChazandChaz (Budding Member 5 posts) 5y

I am leaving in January to go on a round the world trip with my boyfriend, originally we were planning on basing ourself in New Zealand 6 months + and working on a WHV to earn abit more money to aid the rest of our travels, however we have now heard that working in Oz pays alot better and that it might be a better option to save?
Can any one give me any advice or feedback on this please as I am looking to apply for my visa this week and don't know which to apply for!

Many Thanks,


2. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 330 posts) 5y

You could do both!

Depends what you want out of your time. You probably could earn a fair bit more in Oz, but for me New Zealand is a far better country and I would rather go there.

As a comparison I earnt £17 an hour working in Sydney and then £15 an hour working in Auckland.

3. Posted by ChazandChaz (Budding Member 5 posts) 5y

I don't really want to do both on this one trip as it is likely I would like to have another big trip and work the other one at another time! :D

What jobs were you doing in both? Both those wages seem very good so if that was the difference I was looking at then it would not be a problem!

Thanks for the help!

4. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 330 posts) 5y

In Sydney I was an 'online content editor', basically writing and editing copy for the website of a big charity, and in Auckland I was working as a public relations officer, writing and preparing communications materials for a big telecommunication charity.

5. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 5y

My working holiday in New Zealand was in 2003 and back then I didn't earn a lot in the jobs I had (as waitress, promoter and in customer service) but I also had very little expenses. As far as I know this hasn't changed much. Australia is a different story. I lived and worked there in 2006 for a year and I did earn quite a bit as a waitress and in administration, but life is a lot more expensive there and it has become even more now. So even if you earn less in N.Z. I think you might be able to save more. Also I was glad I did my first working holiday in N.Z. and then moved on to Australia. It was more relaxed and easy-going back then, plus not so many other backpackers trying to find a job. Good luck, both are great choices!!


[ Edit: Edited on 09-Nov-2011, at 09:01 by steff ]

6. Posted by ChazandChaz (Budding Member 5 posts) 5y

Thanks for all the help guys! I went with the NZ WHV so fingers crossed it works out!

If anyone has any information/recommendations on where to look for jobs/jobs that can earn travellers a bit of money it would be a great help!

Thanks :)