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1. Posted by ray19 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

im planning to go to new zealand at the end of march and was thinking about getting a working holiday visa. im only staying there for 3-4 months so is it worth getting a 12 month visa for that short a time? and if i do get one wheres the best place to work? how do i go about finding a job as well? HELP!!!

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Ray,

I am living and working in NZ at the moment.

I suppose only you can decide if it's worth getting the visa - if you really need to work and save then yes! :)

Most of the jobs in NZ seem to be in Auckland. Wellington's a nicer city to live in though.

It depends on what kind of job you are looking for too. For 3/4 months you could maybe head down to Queenstown and work there. it's a really vibrant place, full of backpackers and it shouldnt be too hard to find some seasonal work.

Fruit-picking or farmstays are an option too and theres plenty of work to be found doing that, but obviuosly the pay is pretty dismal :)

The money in NZ generally isnt fantastic, no matter what you are doing. The general consensus among travellers is that Australia is a better option for saving.

On the flip side, NZ is just such a beautiful country to live in, the people are great, and there's no shortage of things to do to fill your free time.

If you get your VISA through certain companies like VISAFirst I think they can help organise a job for you, but honestly I think it's just as good to look in the newspapers or on recruitment sites when you get here.

Hope that helps ;)

3. Posted by dreamer23m (Budding Member 4 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hey Ray

Ok not sure bout the visa thing to be honest

but as far of jobs,heaps...

I know a lotta ppl who just go asking for jobs door to door.

used to work at a restaurant,over 50% of the staff were travellers

liek samsara said pay is nothing to write home about..

hope this helps

4. Posted by ArnaMarie (Budding Member 8 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

It depends on what you want to do. The Hawkes Bay has loads of fruit picking jobs for travellers or theres temp work which you can get via recruitment agencies here. There is loads of work for travellers. Check out

5. Posted by babes1913 (Inactive 2 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi all..I'm from Scotland and coming out to NZ and OZ from dec07 for a year!! I am totally lost as to what visa and travel insurance I should get. Can any1 help?!?!
I have friends and family out there who i can stay with, but i am also looking for a car hire or van hire to tour around?? Any ideas??
Any help would be fab, also if anyone wants to meet up in NZ or Oz I'd be up for that too!!

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 21, 2007, at 11:16 AM by babes1913 ]

6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Babes

Try VisaFirst for your NZ WHV - you can organize it online easily with a credit card. Although, if you are trying to choose between working in NZ and Oz, I would say consider your options carefully. I chose NZ and I'm realising that the pay might have been a lot better in Australia.

As for travel insurance, check out STA travel's offer or World Nomads (although I didnt have such a good experience with the latter)

When you arrive in NZ it's really easy to organise car or campervan hire - plenty of companies with competitive rates. EZY car rentals are a good choice. :)

Good luck planning your trip!

7. Posted by yapkh (Budding Member 34 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Seasonal job / Retail job/ Restaurant job are easy to get anyway in NZ. However if you are plan to get a professional job, it will be a bit harder. Most job are concerntrated in Auckland. It will be easier for ppl from a europe country and can speak well in english to get a professional job.

To Tour, you may want to consider kiwi experience and etc