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1. Posted by mico82 (Full Member 54 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey All,

I'm planning my first RTW trip and i thought i was going to work in Canada & New Zealand to help me out but i've decided to spend less time in one country and work and spend longer in the other...

but which one ??

Has anyone been to both ? Where did you prefer ?

The Alberta & BC region appeals to me very much in Canada. And everywhere in NZ i think.. but i need to research NZ a bit more.

Am i right in saying that NZ is cheaper ? How easy is it to find work in Canada and NZ ?

Help please ? :)


2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I think in both cases it would depend heavily on which time of the year you went, as to how easy it would be to get work and also which place would be best. I know I went to Canada in June/July (Summer time) and in Toronto it was very hot and humid meaning 2-3 showers a day and you still felt very dirty. I wasn't looking for jobs, but I know that in one of the hostels I was staying at in Vancouver, an Aussie guy was there on a WHV and was struggling to find work. I went across to the Rocky Mountains and stayed at Banff and almost every single shop window had help wanted signs up, so I would imagine in Banff at that time of year it wouldn't be hard to pick up work, but other times of the year when tourists are less likely to be going in the shops it would probably be hard. Then in Winter time it would probably be pretty easy to pick work up on the ski fields if you had some sort of skiing or snowboarding experience and maybe even if you didn't.

In New Zealand I was there in mid July and it was terribly cold and wet weather and I didn't see a single sign up saying help wanted. A few months before christmas you might be a little more lucky when they are looking for christmas staff. Someone else who reads this might know about the job situation in both New Zealand and Canada than I do, because I have only travelled to both places at one time of the year. If you think about it, Canada is the 2nd largest country in the world and New Zealand is not a particularly large country, so it would have to be easier to find a job in Canada than New Zealand.

3. Posted by mico82 (Full Member 54 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hey, thanks for the info :)

i'm going to canada july/aug and new zealand oct/nov... so i'll be quite lucky with the weather... i hope ! still need to decide how long i'll stay but i'm thinking of staying longer in new zealand... i suppose it's something i'll need to decide myself but it's great to hear other peoples opinion.

thanks again,

4. Posted by crazymat (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Heya, I dont agree with the comment of Its easier to find work in Canada cause its a larger country.. they also have a lot more ppl than new zealand does to fill the job market...

From my own experience in looking for work whilst travelling.. the most common factor in finding work will depend on your standards.. There is work for everyone everywhere all the time when ur travelling.. just depends wether your standards are gonna limit your work ability. Cleaning toilets and making beds to serving beer at the bar.. If you like the place and you dont wanna go.. Then prove it..You'll do anything..Right?

Anyhoo.. On the subject of new zealand does anyone know the best time of yr to head down to the South Island, Queenstown.. for a few weeks snowboarding.. I wanna be there for the best snow this yr and i'll plan my trip out according to the season...?


5. Posted by Petra M (Budding Member 65 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I live in Vancouver BC and work in Human Resources at a local tv station. July and August are the most difficult times to find a temp job in this city because these jobs have been taken up by all local and international students trying to save up for school fees, etc. When they go back to university in September that's when the hire signs go back up on the store fronts, coffee shops, restautants, etc. It's all about supply and demand. So July and August is most definitely the finest weather of the year but the worst time to find a temp job. And, yes, Vancouver and Whistler are expensive cities to live and work in.


Petra M