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1. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

So i've been to Australia and loved it, im going to go back and travel around for 2/3 months. I was in Sydney for new year and the fireworks were amazine. I'm leaving for Australia again in August, then travelling to NZ in Nov 2008. I was wondering what people thought of Auckland and Wellington, and which one you have heard or have been to on NYE? I'll be getting a working visa for 12 months, and was wondering if people found it easy to get a job? Do the banks have the same rules as in Australia where you have to get a bank account in 6 wks of entering? Are hostels easy to find in major citys?

Also, what side of the road to they drive on?

Sorry for all he questions, thanks Jay :)

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3914 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

i spent my working holiday in auckland 3 years ago (i now live here) and i prefer it to wellington, but i met many people who preferred wellington and i probably didn't spend long enough there to appreciate it. There's loads to do in auckland but a lot of it is outside the city centre, and there is some beautiful countryside to explore in the surrounding areas.

i found a job within 3 days of getting here but it depends what kind of work you are looking for. there is a general labour shortage though so you shouldn't have many problems in most fields. try and for jobs, as well as for accommodation and cars. I haven't heard of the 6 month thing for bank accounts here and it's easy enough to open one even without a job.

there is a place called travellers contact point at the bottom of queen street which can sort out your tax (IRD) number.

hostels are easy to find here. in auckland i would recommend staying in one of the suburbs such as ponsonby, mt eden or parnell. in the city centre there are plenty of hostels though.

they drive on the same side of the road as Oz and the UK.

3. Posted by chemgal (Full Member 149 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Sorry I have to disagree with bex76! I love Wellington and can't stand Auckland! I think Wellington has more character and soul. There is a downtown area with funky shops and cafes. There's always something going on in the city - festivals, concerts, plays, exhibitions........ In the summer there are free concerts every night in the botanic gardens.
There are heaps of hostels in Wellington, the best couple are:
Nomads Capital
YHA Wellington
All of them are located downtown within walking distance of supermarkets, cafes and restaurants.
You shouldn't have any trouble finding work in Wellington, there always seem to be lots of job vacancies.

4. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

thanks for all the help, im trying not to compare my trip to Aus with NZ, and its hard, but i think once i get there ill be alright :)

5. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

As a Kiwi I've spent time in both Auckland and Wellington....they're both different and it really depends on what you're into as to which you'd enjoy better. Wellington is more arty and cultural, and is the capital city of NZ, Auckland is the most populated city and has lotsa things to see and do, and theres always something going on. I haven't actually spent NYE in either city, but both have all sorts of celebrations, concerts, fireworks displays etc.

Backpackers hostels are easy to find all over the country and are generally of a pretty good standard. Work for backpackers is usually pretty easy to find in the bigger cities or the smaller tourist towns (like Queenstown - which I highly recommend :) )

6. Posted by nzkatenz (Budding Member 51 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I'm a kiwi, and a wellingtonian, and its a great place to spend new years. Since new years is summer down here theres lots of beach concerts, and things going on down at the waterfront in wellington harbour. Great opportunity to check out some NZ music.
Another option would be to cruise to Gisborne, on the west coast of the north island. it claims to be the first place in the world to see the sun at new years... so thatd be a pretty cool thing to tell them at home..

(we drive on the left)