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Travelling/working in New Zealand for the first time.. HELP!

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

I'm 100% sure that I'll be travelling in New Zealand sometime next year possibly around May/June time...

However, I just can't decide what the best option would be so that I can include Australia so that I can also experience Great Barrier Reef, etc.

As I'm a UK citizen I'm either thinking of staying in NZ for 6 months and then Aus for 3, again I can't figure out which way round I would do this plus I'm thinking it will be quite expensive to just travel without working at the same time.

This brings me onto my second idea of doing a working holiday visa in either of the 2 countries...

I was after some advice from any fellow travellers who have any insight or information about the 2 countries, costs, requirements, etc.

Thanks so much in advance to anyone who answers it is much appreciated!

Lacey x

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 2y

Woops, meant this reply for your other thread. Moving what I wrote originally there, since it makes more sense there. :)

Anyway, I already answered the question as to spend more time in Australia in New Zealand, so for the moment I'll stick to the following:

Consider if there's really a good reason to sticking firmly to just one year? Return tickets on planes need to have their return journey within a year, but a one way trip might make more sense, holding the money in reserve for the flight back. Then you could do a full year in one country (making full use of the WHV and really seeing the country in depth), and a couple months more in the other.
May/June is a great time to see the Great Barrier Reef, so you could start out with doing the East Coast of Australia for a couple of weeks (say Sydney to Cairns in ~5 weeks? Not enough time to see it in depth, but enough for the highlights and getting a feel for the culture and atmosphere), then New Zealand on a WHV for a year, and then based on how much you liked Australia, however many more weeks there you feel you worth it (if you're particularly liking the lifestyle, you could even get a WHV for Australia and just stick around in the region for another year). ^_^

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Jan-2014, at 07:15 by Sander ]

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

Thanks so much for all your answers Sander, as you can probably tell my mind is very full of ideas but I don't know which route to take yet.

You've helped me clarify them a little more and I think I might just give your plan a go!

Firstly go to Eastern Australia and see the Great Barrier Reef and then onto NZ for a working holiday whilst doing all the adventure stuff...

Apart from the Great Barrier Reef, what else in Eastern Australia would you say I should see before leaving?

Thanks again

Lacey x

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 2y

I haven't actually spent all that much time along the east coast myself; I'm mostly interested in hiking, so spent most time in the south. Trying to extrapolate a bit from what you've said you'd like to see and do, I suspect the Whitsundays would be an absolute must for you. Probably also Fraser Island. (I've done neither myself, so am just going on what I've heard and read about these places; both are quite expensive, though, so keep that in mind when budgetting.) Brisbane can be skipped. Sydney deserves a week by itself. Beyond that, around Cairns Mossman Gorge is gorgeous, and Cape Tribulation worth a visit. Around Sydney the Blue Mountains are definitely a sight worth seeing.
Magnetic Island is quite nice, and worth a stop. A bit more off the beaten track, Eungella National Park has a very high chance of seeing platypuses in the wild at Broken River. Totally doable as an (organized) daytrip from Mackay (which is otherwise forgettable), but might be even better to do independently for a bit longer?

Hope that helps a bit - but don't pay too much attention to what any single person says. Buy a lonely planet or rough guide and try to form a bit of an opinion about what all is there for yourself. Everyone has different priorities for what to see and do, and it's unlikely that my favorite places would appeal quite as much to you.