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1. Posted by YorkieGirl (Budding Member, 58 posts) 17 Jun '12 09:30

Hello, My names Amanda and im 22 im already going to australia for 3 months on a holiday visa but am now considering another adventure after this. If i enjoy my travelling i would really like to save and go t0 tailand for a month then back to australia for a year to work and travel. Save up a few pennys then Go to new Zealand to do something similer. However im not certain of what newzealand is like to travel in. What i would like to do is travel and work there for about 6 months then go to peru, bolivia and brazil before returning home. Basiclly what i would really like to know is...

1- Can you get working holiday visa's like you can for australia?

2- When travelling and working is it actually possible to save up money as you go along or is it too expensive?

3- What places would you recommend? iv got a few i want to see but what else is there?

4- How much does it cost approx a month to travel in new zealand?

5- Any other tips or advice? Would be greatly appriciated.

Thankyou for reading any advice on any of the countries im hoping to travel would be amazing, even if it is just really small bits of info.

Amanda.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Jun-2012, at 09:32 by YorkieGirl ]

2. Posted by YorkieGirl (Budding Member, 58 posts) 17 Jun '12 09:38

Also sorry some more questions...

6- What would i need to take with me?

7- whats tailand like for travelling in?

Thanks Amanda

3. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1740 posts) 17 Jun '12 10:40

A few years ago, NZ kicked out British workers so their jobs could be taken by returning NZ citizens. Lots of islanders there as well as people from Asia chasing all the jobs so unless you have a needed skill, it could be difficult to get a job there as it too is suffering from the world recession.

NZ is quite expensive and any unqualified job you manage to get will probably be low paid and just about cover your living expenses so little chance to save money.

Auckland is obviously your best chance of a job. It's a sprawling city with a fairly good public transport system, but accommodation is fairly expensive. There are heavily populated places in NZ and others where it is pretty empty. Christchurch might have been a good bet at one time but it is still putting itself back together at the moment (earthquakes).

I travelled by car in NZ as anything else is too limiting and buses and trains often don't go where you want or when you want. Car hire is expensive there. I was looking just a few weeks back.

Tip. Try some online work agencies in NZ to see what they have to offer. And then accommodation prices.

What to take? Plenty of money. You can buy just about anything you need there.

Thailand is great for travelling around. The big expense is getting there but it is very cheap to live there. I have a nice room booked in Bangkok for €237 a month. Food and drink is cheap. Public transport is plentiful, easy to use and cheap. Go December and I would expect sunshine pretty much every day, all day.

You get 30 days visa free on arrival, take a short AirAsia flight to Penang which is a nice Malaysian island just over the border and come back that day or some days later and you get another 30 days visa free.

4. Posted by YorkieGirl (Budding Member, 58 posts) 17 Jun '12 11:49

Thankyou so much this is brillient information!

May have to save bolivia, peru and brazil for anotehr time then and save for new zealand while working in australia then go home.

Thankyou again so much for the tips :)

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4383 posts) 17 Jun '12 15:36

Quoting YorkieGirl

1- Can you get working holiday visa's like you can for australia?

Yes, and the way it works is almost exactly the same. Note that since you're from the UK, you additionally have the option to apply directly for a 23 month WHV in New Zealand, and there's a separate option through Bunac which is valid until age 35. (That is, in effect people from the UK have two distinct WHVs available, so could go there twice.) Find details here.

2- When travelling and working is it actually possible to save up money as you go along or is it too expensive?

It's possible, but takes really hard work, and goes much easier when you have an in demand skill. Don't expect to come out of New Zealand with more money than you had going in; most backpacker jobs are really only good for stretching the money you have available to travel through the country itself. Don't worry too much about Cyberia's scaremongering about how hard it is to find a job, though; backpackers tend to do just fine.

3- What places would you recommend? iv got a few i want to see but what else is there?

Basically everywhere. :) Really, New Zealand is a country worth exploring in-depth. I wrote a large post a few days ago in which I mentioned most of my absolute favorite places; see the next to last paragraph in this post.

4- How much does it cost approx a month to travel in new zealand?

Count on a very rough average of NZD $60 per day for staying in a small dorm in a good quality hostel, buying supermarket food to cook your own meals, and travelling on to the next destination by public transport about once a week. Or put another way, count on everything costing some 20% less than in Australia, both due to the weaker New Zealand dollar, due to food being relatively cheap, and due to travel distances being much smaller. In winter many hostels run "stay 2 nights, get the 3rd night free" promotions, which can help keep costs down quite a bit, and car rental in this time period also tends to be really cheap (especially when renting from the local companies targetting backpackers with slightly older cars; you can get rates of NZD $30/day and lower). Generally though, intercity busses go almost anywhere you'd want to go, and you'd be fine with travelling by bus (getting one of their passes can help); even most National Parks are quite accessible by public transport, with only a few being inconvenient enough that you really benefit from your own car.

6. Posted by YorkieGirl (Budding Member, 58 posts) 19 Jun '12 09:15

awww thats Brillient! Thankyou so much Sander! This is exactly what i needed to know. :D

7. Posted by rotch (Full Member, 38 posts) 5 Jul '12 14:39

Hello YorkieGirl:

3- What places would you recommend? iv got a few i want to see but what else is there?

South Island:
Arthur's Pass NP
Westland Tai Poutini NP
Mont Aspiring NP
Fiordland NP
Milford Track
Southern Scenic Route
Mount Cook Aoraki
Abel Tasman NP
Nelson and Malborough regions
Tongariro NP
Wai-O-tapu

4- How much does it cost approx a month to travel in new zealand?

On march-april 2012, with a small car for 2 people doing mostly camping and grocery (55 $ US / person / day). No bungee, parachutes, etc.