Help..Working holiday in NZ!

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1. Posted by shannoncollyer_ (Budding Member 6 posts) 37w Star this if you like it!

Good morning/afternoon/evening wherever you may be!

So basically...

I am 23, soon to be 24. I have just applied for my working holiday visa for NZ. I have been thinking about this for a few years now. Originally I was thinking about Australia but now I have decided New Zealand. I would like to know if anybody on here has done it, or is going to do it. So if anybody can give me some tips on WH in NZ, best places to go/stay, must do things, how did people find getting a job etc. Also I would really appreciate where in the country or which island people started at, and where they made there way to. I am thinking of starting in Auckland but not sure. Is it best to plan a rough route you can do or just go with the flow?

Thanks in advance :)

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2097 posts) 37w 1 Star this if you like it!

Good choice. :)

Auckland has a different feel to the rest of NZ, a big city feel. For me a lot of the charm of NZ is in the smaller places. By all means spend time there but be sure to get round all the rest during your stay.

Personally I'd say Queenstown is a fun place to stay for a while. Plenty of job opportunities. Oh it's brash and touristy but it's in a spectacular setting.

3. Posted by clarabell2020 (Budding Member 3 posts) 37w Star this if you like it!

Hi
What sort of Jobs would there be for female 47? How long could I stay? Is it safe for lone females?
Thanks

4. Posted by TheFatFox (Budding Member 28 posts) 37w 1 Star this if you like it!

Hey Shannon!

I am in a similar boat, leaving the UK in July ish and heading to Auckland as well!! Going to spend a few weeks there and form a plan from then!

As far as work goes, I have has a look on Gumtree and and a few backpacker sites and there are heaps of jobs on the go, mostly hospitality work but there are some office jobs and a few others on there too. I would say work will be pretty easy to find!

The countdown is on!!

Grant

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5492 posts) 37w 2 Star this if you like it!

Quoting shannoncollyer_

Also I would really appreciate where in the country or which island people started at, and where they made there way to. I am thinking of starting in Auckland but not sure. Is it best to plan a rough route you can do or just go with the flow?

As Andy said, great choice to pick New Zealand!
Something relatively unique to New Zealand, mostly for the South Island, but also partly for the North Island, is that there's really only two ways to go: clockwise or counter-clockwise, while distances are very doable, allowing you to pretty much see everything there is to see in a year (or so you think, until after the sixth return visit you discover you still have a bucket list longer than your initial itinerary *g*). And so much more than in Australia, as a long term visitor, you'll end up bumping into fellow backpackers again and again. Not much need to plan a route in advance (though always helpful to have one in the pocket, just in case you find a place not to your liking and want to head on immediately without needing to do any research). For high season (christmas till early March), be sure to book accommodation 2+ weeks in advance if you're at all caring about where you stay, particularly for the South Island. In general, I'd recommend spending 75% of your time on the South Island, and 25% on the North Island. Both islands are good in any season; winter has a higher chance of dreary weather, but also of mountains topped off with gloriously fresh snow. Personally I love autumn on the South Island (only visible in the east and south, not so much in the west).

Auckland is a lovely city, where there's always something to do. Great place to settle down for a while when working. But other than that: one does not go to New Zealand for the cities. :)

Quoting clarabell2020

What sort of Jobs would there be for female 47? How long could I stay? Is it safe for lone females?

Working Holiday Visas are unfortunately strictly limited to people aged 35 and below.
New Zealand is an extremely safe country, though, with absolutely gorgeous nature, so if you're at all an outdoors person, I can highly recommend visiting for a month or three.