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1. Posted by LaceyLoo (Budding Member 9 posts) 2y

Hi guys!

I'm a 19 year old English girl and I've been researching going travelling in Australia for a year sometime in May/June 2014. Up until recently I was set on going with Oz Intro then after the first week finding my own way around Australia for a year (I'll be travelling alone to start with so I'll meet people along the way).

However, from listening to people's experiences EVERYONE! I have spoken to has said that New Zealand is so much better!

The main reason I want to go travelling is to do all the adventurous stuff like Great Barrier Reef, Surfing, Sky Diving, bungee Jumping, etc but I'll be on a working holiday visa so that I can partly fund my trip along the way.

Another question I'd like to know the answer to is the visas... if I was to spend 6 months in New Zealand and 6 months in Australia what would the visa options be so I could work at the same time?

I'd really appreciate any feedback on your guys' experiences and any advice or tips are really appreciated!

Thanks in advance!

Lacey x

2. Posted by adam222 (Inactive 7 posts) 2y

Hope your journey is end with safety.I also like to favore in Newzeland beacuse my family visit the both country they said Newzeland ranking is up..But i do not have an idea of the visa...

3. Posted by apartmentreview (Inactive 2 posts) 2y

Really the only similarities are they are both in the southern hemisphere, there is a similar sense of humor and both are English speaking, sort of. Everthing else is different.

4. Posted by damen1786 (Budding Member 22 posts) 2y

Both very different countries. I travelled down the east coast of Aus in a camper van and did the same for a month in New Zealand! I didn't work in either but from what gathered there are opportunities in both countries! To very briefly sum up the differences I would say east coast Australia about 90% of the time your by a beach with either the reef or the surf and in New Zealand you have the warmer north island and the very scenic south island. I would suggest only getting a working visa in Australia if your going to make the most of it. Why not go to Australia for a while without working then visit New Zealand and decide which country you would like to work in and apply for a visa from there?

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 2y

I've done a year's WHV in each, and returned to both twice more in the years since. Culture-wise, there's actually a lot of similarities between the two countries (though New Zealand has a much less gruesome treatment of its indigenous people to look back upon than Australia; and Maori culture is thus a lot more accessible than aboriginal culture), and even nature-wise things aren't all that different - Tasmania in particular is very reminiscent of New Zealand. Australia has the great barrier reef and the red centre as types of landscapes really unique to Australia, while New Zealand has volcanism and the Southern Alps as really unique types of landscapes. The main difference is that if in New Zealand you drive for eight hours, you'll have passed through four types of landscapes, and seen absolutely amazingly stunning sights. In Australia you might just be reaching the end of the sugar cane field. ;) (Okay, not quite that extreme, but yeah, distances in New Zealand are way more manageable. There's the same amount of things to see and do; just in a much more compact country.)

I really, really like Australia. There's many amazing places, wonderful people, cool wildlife, etc.
But New Zealand has stolen my heart, and is the country I will rave about endlessly. Unspoiled nature and unparalleled hiking opportunities at the edge of every town - and a people who really know and appreciate this.

You could theoretically get WHVs for both countries and spend six month in each, but to me that'd feel like a bit of a waste of the once-in-a-lifetime one-year-only WHVs. Better to get just one for one country, and use it to its fullest extent, saving most of the other country for a subsequent trip / WHV (with maybe just a 2-3 month sidetrip to sniff up atmosphere a bit already). As a UK citizen, you can enter New Zealand for up to six months without a visa; for Australia you can get a 3 month "eVisitor" for free; but neither of those would allow you to work - for that you really need a WHV (and those don't carry over between the countries).

Also, both countries are big enough that you won't run out of things to see and do in a year. You'll get a lot closer to having seen most of New Zealand, but you can get really in depth there with hidden gems around every corner, and personally, the better I've gotten to know the country, the more places I have on my list that I still want to explore some day.

[ Edit: Edited on 30-Dec-2013, at 13:44 by Sander ]

6. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 641 posts) 2y

NZ wins, no contest.

I remember meeting some girls while touring NZ, they said they split up their time in Aus & NZ by looking at the map and going on size, ended up with 6 weeks Aus, 2 weeks NZ, and they all agreed big mistake should have been the other way round.

Aus has beaches, desert scenery, and western style cities. (Not to be unfair to the place but this is simplifying it down to basics! )

NZ by the same measure has beaches, western style cities, geothermals, mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, Maori culture and fjords.

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8. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 2y

Since you are coming in May/June that would be perfect for visiting Cairns. You could do a 3 month eta visa for Aus, then in July head to NZ and down to Queenstown where it will be ski season and lots of job opportunities.