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1. Posted by Ali1991 (Budding Member 2 posts) 3y

Hello everyone; I'm Ali (male).. I'm looking to start my 1 year visa in Aug/sept on my own but my mate may be joining me which he will confirm in the next few days.

I want to do Asia, Australia, NZ. I'm abit stuck though with how to do it. My options are to either travel Asia for 2 months and then live in Aus for 4 months whilst travelling and then the same with NZ or go straight to Aus and NZ and then travel Asia on the way back? I'm going to have about 5,000 Sterling saved for my trip. I would be looking to do some hospitality work to earn some extra income whilst travelling.

Is anyone else in the same boat or anybody that could help with some tips on their experience?

Thanks in advance :)


2. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin 813 posts) 2y


Do you mean a one year visa for Australia or just a general one year sabbatical/gap year?

Whichever order you choose, I would maximise your time in Aus/NZ as you will only get that WHV once in your life. It would be a shame to only spend four months in either country.

Consider also that for NZ (hazarding a guess that you hold a British passport) you can select 23 months at application.

3. Posted by Ali1991 (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y

Hello thanks for your reply,

A 1 year visa for Australia and yes I do hold a British passport. How do you mean regarding selecting 23 months for NZ on application?

Would you reccomend spending 10/11 months in Aus/NZ and then the remainder in Asia? Would you do Asia first or on the return to the UK?

Thanks :)


4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4892 posts) 2y

A working holiday visa for Australia only allows you to work in Australia, not in New Zealand. A working holiday visa for New Zealand only allows you to work in New Zealand, not in Australia. Both are "once in a lifetime", so staying in each country for only four months seems a bit of a waste of the visa.
(For Australia you can get a second WHV if you do three months of "specified work" (fruit-picking e.a.) while on the first WHV; for New Zealand, as a UK-resident only, you can opt to get a visa valid for 23 months rather than 12 months.)

Probably the most important question: Why limit the total length of the trip to 12 months? Why not do the full 12 months Australia, and a couple of months of New Zealand and Asia? (Or 12-23 months New Zealand, and a couple of months of Australia and Asia.)

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Jan-2014, at 13:45 by Sander ]