NZ 2020 - Solo traveler

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1. Posted by TheFatFox (Budding Member 10 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Hiya everyone!!

After a bit of advice for a solo traveler to New Zealand. I'm looking at heading out there mid next year, however that is as far as I have got with my planning. Not sure where to start off, although at some point I would like to do a ski/board season.

Does anyone have any info on best places for work? I have loads of hospitality experience so would probably look at something in that field.

Has anyone got experience in extending their WHV for another year, or even longer than that? I may be getting ahead of myself there, but when I returned from Aus having not done my farm work I was furious with myself!

What is the accommodation situation out there, are flat/house shares easy to come by? Or is a hostel the best bet?

As you can tell, I really am clues about most things so any help would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks in advance

Grant

2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1308 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Accommodation is expensive in Auckland and Queenstown - cheaper elsewhere. Look at Seek NZ or TradeMe Jobs to give you a very rough idea of what's around.

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1577 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

As you've done Aus it's very much the same proposition so you pretty much know what to expect and can get away without microplanning things.

The only thing I'd say is don't get tied down in one place too long as there's lots to see, so for my money hostels are better for short term.

As Boris has said the hotspots are Auckland and Queenstown, as well as the higher prices that's where plenty of jobs are. I'm not a big fan of Auckland, it's a city you could be anywhere, but Queenstown is a great spot to explore the outdoors, and there's some variety of jobs available too with the adventure sports, so you could be working for the jetboats or something a bit more interesting than a hostel reception.

The agriculture work that qualifies for the 2nd year WHV can be tough, I've heard it called legalised slavery by some (especially working for some fruit farms on the Bay of Plenty) but then others love it. Thing is, it's not the only route to staying on - eg I recently met someone who's being sponsored for their residency, they were working in a bar/restaurant in Wellington.

4. Posted by TheFatFox (Budding Member 10 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Boris - Yeah I have heard that, but having rented in Sydney, the elevated cost is something I am used too. Hopefully the wages reflect the cost of living and it balances out, I will be looking to support myself with a WHV, I am not looking to save up a stack whilst out there so hopefully there will be no dramas.

Andy - Smashing, solid advice there mate nice one. Yeah a few people have said try not to settle down, but when I was in Sydney I loved settling after a spell of travelling.

Queenstown definitely looks like a bit of me, really looking forward to checking it out.

You got any more info on that? Was it tough to come by or was it just like right place right time sort of deal? That sounds much more up my street, farm work doesn't sound like a walk in the park to say the least. Hospitality work is my background so if I can get sponsored by working in a restaurant that would be ideal!

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1577 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Quoting TheFatFox

You got any more info on that? Was it tough to come by or was it just like right place right time sort of deal? That sounds much more up my street, farm work doesn't sound like a walk in the park to say the least. Hospitality work is my background so if I can get sponsored by working in a restaurant that would be ideal!

I don't know much more - I just got chatting to the guy, he said he and some mates had come over, done farm work in the North to get their second year, he'd then spent most of his second year in Wellington working in this bar/restaurant and loved it but had been fretting about where to go next as he thought his time was up, I think he was planning Oz next, when the boss offered to sponsor him for permanent residence. ...It was just conversation so I don't know if it's certain industries or jobs that can qualify. But I'm sure some reading on the Immigration NZ website would tell you more about the options.

6. Posted by TheFatFox (Budding Member 10 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Bet his mates were pure raging! Haha, top man I will have a read up and see what I can find. Sounds a hell of a lot better than working away on a farm!