I Want to go to New Zealand

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1. Posted by FranSwallow (Budding Member 2 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

I want to travel to New Zealand. I've never been before but am desperate to go, but I've never done anything like this before. I would ideally like to work there so I would have some income, but I have no idea how/where to apply. My background is selling membership/welcoming visitors in historical places. I'd be going alone so I'd like to live in city so I could meet people. Any ideas? My dream destination is Wellington but would be open to anywhere.

Thanks in advance!

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1163 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

Hi Fran

As a Brit under 30 you can get a one year Working Holiday Visa for NZ. People usually travel around doing casual work rather than stay in one place for the year. Wellington is fine but the cities aren't the highlight of NZ. Taking jobs like on hostel receptions or other tourist facing roles make it easy to move around.

Start looking at visa here https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas

NZ is a great choice. :-)

3. Posted by FranSwallow (Budding Member 2 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the advice! I'll definitely check it out :-)

I may want to move over to NZ permanently, but would like to try it out first before I make the decision. I just don't want to lose a lot of money while travelling, because I don't have a lot of money already. Is it easy to find work while travelling around?

4. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1057 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

The local free press advertise jobs but from the UK you can access SeekNZ and Trade Me Jobs which will give you an idea of what's on offer. If you have any professional qualifications (GCSEs, A levels, City & Guilds, BTec etc) you might need to get accredited first with NZQA - at almost GBP400 a pop, it's not going to be cheap coming over to NZ.

And look at the cost of accommodation too - Auckland is ridiculous and the rest of the country isn't far behind - almost nothing less than GBP150 per week.

A couple of friends of mine came over thirty months ago and managed to get jobs in Hobbiton - they stayed for a year and loved it.

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1163 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

The WHV is a way to stretch your travelling budget further; you won't manage to save up much but you can live and fund your trip. It’s also a way to window shop a load of places and perhaps you'll happen upon a place or job or people where you want to stay. In which case there are ways to get permanent residence.

The one year WHV is extendable to a second year if you do 3 months of useful farm work, which a lot of people opt to do to get that second year. You could also have a one year WHV in Australia, but of course it ain't NZ. :-)

I've known people work as hostel managers for a big chunk of their year and this included accommodation. I've also known people work selling adventure sports in Queenstown and stay long term in hostels pretty cheaply.

6. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3926 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

You should be able to pick up work fairly easily as long as you're prepared to be flexible.

I used this website when I arrived in NZ as a backpacker many years ago and it has some good resources.

I lived in Auckland during my 5 years in NZ but if/when I go back I'll consider elsewhere - as Borisborough says, prices there are crazy these days.

7. Posted by harptravels (Budding Member 10 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

Hmm.... How much is salary in NZ? It's possible to get work there as a foreigner?

8. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1057 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

Quoting harptravels

Hmm.... How much is salary in NZ? It's possible to get work there as a foreigner?

As with any country, salary depends on the type of job. The minimum wage is NZD15.75. Foreigners can work here on the appropriate visa.

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