NZ Residency visa

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1. Posted by jmayb (Budding Member 9 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

Hi there

I was wondering if anyone can advise on NZ resident visa's and the travel conditions that come alongside it.
I have checked the immigration website but there isn't a lot of my specific question.

Once granted residency, how long can I be out of the country without losing my residency?

I have been living in Auckland 18 months now, only on a work visa since September and am eligible to apply for residency next year, however want to go off and do a bit of backpacking again once I am secure to be in and return to NZ. I've heard you can leave NZ for up to 6 months and return as a residency all the same.
Can anyone confirm this or advise?