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please I want to ask for your support and your experience.
Actually I am going to work with my girlfriend to NZ and we are applying for the work visa. We sent it already out but there was an issue and now we have to sort this out, won't be the problem, but now we are running out of time!! The new visa application will need 25 days to proceed but we are flying within those 25 days to NZ already.
We booked our flight tickets on the same day we sent out the application the first time. Now my plan b..
We are flying in to NZ applying for a tourist visa, which we will get on our arrival. I know we have to stay under 3 months and have to show them the date we will leave, so a ticket to wherever and outside of NZ will be necessary within this 3 months to get this one. I know also that we can´t start to work but this won't be the issue with our employer. Our fam... more »
I am traveling to NZ in a few weeks and wanted to get recommendations for safe, fun, clean hostels in both Auckland and Queenstown.
Should I book these in advance since I will be traveling from Dec 18-25th and I assume many people will be on holiday or is it best to wait? Are prices affected?
There are two in my group. I am 33 and my brother is 22 so we are pretty flexible, and comfortable in going to a place that is "off the beaten path" but worth the experience.
Thanks for any feedback
Hey there. I'm embarking on a working holiday to New Zealand starting in June 2014. Followed by SE Asia and then a year in Australia.
Is anybody else doing a similar thing or have done in the past. Any advice or chat would be welcome.
I'm starting with around $8000 nz dollars which will hopefully be enough and I'll hopefully work my through. I'm a qualified mixologist and I have been bartending for over 6 years.
I'm dead excited. x
I have a Canadian passport, and won't be returning to NZ after I leave. My destination after NZ is USA. If I call immigration to advise them of my overstay what reason should I provide that's suitable for them. I am overstaying by 2 days because there is no flight to where I am going until 2 days after my expiry, or 5 days before it. I am doing a massive trip around NZ and need as many days as I can get it, also the price on the flight is $200 cheaper 2 days after my expiry.
Hubby and I are 60 somethings who want to see NZ before health/excessive travel insurance gets in the way - so probably 2014. We plan to spend 3 weeks covering North and South Islands and flying in and out of Auckland. We'd like to do our own driving and probably stay in B & Bs as we've heard they're good. Although we're not doddery, we're not super fit or adrenalin junkies so we're not looking for skiing or bungee jumping or glacier walking. Like many of the posters on this forum, I've looked at the travel guides and am just completely overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of wonderful things to do and see. Please could we have suggestions for an itinerary which covers the best of NZ on the assumption that we probably won't be able to make a second trip. And also suggestions on timing would be great as we are really flexible on the time of year we make the trip. Thank you loads!
I am visiting NZ for 3 months. I would like to know which network do you use? Which prepaid plan do you have? What provider has the cheapest SMS rates? I am interested in sending SMS (to local mobiles only). No roaming, no international, no nothing, just the cheapest local SMS. Sending/recieving messages are more important for me than voice calls, or data. And i'm interested in a provider that has text packs/bundles. I have a Nokia C2 phone, which is 3G. I would like to visit semi-remote areas of NZ, however i only need coverage near towns. I have researched some options online, and it seems VODAPHONE (Prepay Smart), or 2DEGREES (Prepay Plus, with the $10 textpack) are the best choices. Also, there are the MVNO's operating with Vodaphone, but i didn't check them. So what do you think? Please help me choose the right provider based on the above information. Thanks!
So I'm a 24yo guy wanting to go on his first backpacking trip. I don't really have any equipment, except for a pair of softshell Mammut pants, and a pair of North Face "Back-to-Berckeley" boots which I'm not sure would be a good fit...
I have been willing to get away for a while having never really traveled. I've always loved going camping and going away from civilization, my trips have always seemed too short though.
I've decided New Zealand would be a great place for my need for adventure. With it's diverse landscape and breathtaking sights, and most importantly the wilderness. I'm considering it mostly for it's moderate climate and safety. I've thought about Costa Rica as well but there's a lot more considerations and dangers over there.
I'd be looking at just getting a one way flight with an option for comeback. The idea is mostly to experience something new a... more »
Good day to all!
Have a quick question about the hostel situation on the kiwi experience. How many YHA hostel stops are there on the trip as im debating on buying the membership for YHA to save alittle money if theres more than 2 or 3
We're headed out in a couple of weeks and I'm seeing Milford Sound/Ta Anau as probably highlights of our trip. I'd like to stay in Milford sound for more than just a half day if that's possible.
Is campervaning it Milford possible? Recommended?
I see that there are some DOC spots between Milford and Te Anau. Is it recommended to stay there for a night or two and day trip into Milford?
Just got off of a call w/ my RV rental company and they said one of the 3 interisland ferries lost a propeller and will be out of action for up to 6 mos. This means that ferry traffic will be cut by 1/3 during the highest point in the season.
Here's an article about it - http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9443886/Broken-ferry-headed-for-Singapore
They're expecting 100% full ferries for the next few months so book NOW! We were lucky to get a ferry ticket booked but if you've got a camper van or RV you need to get this locked down soon.
I am looking to plan a trip to New Zealand South Island for 10 days in Easter 2014. After reading previous posts and other information - I gather that there are quite a few interesting things to cover. So naturally - we will have to drop some things...
How is the weather usually like in Mid April in South Island?
I definitely want to cover Glacier Half Day Trip , Queenstown Gondola and Hill Climb, Milford Sound Cruise, Glow worm Cave,Lake Tekapo, Abel Tasman Walk.
I was thinking about below itinerary. I know it will be stretching it but please provide your input / possible amendments to better it.
17 Apr Australia - Chtistchurch Depart Midnight
18 Apr Arrive Christchurch @ 6AM / Arthur's pass / Franz Josef / Fox Glacier Town (Night Stay:Fox Glacier Town)
19 Apr Fox Glacier Town / Haast / Wanaka (Night Stay: Wanaka)
*20 Apr Wanaka / Queenstown / Te A... more »
I'm thinking of using the Bus Pass Kiwi exp... to travel. They have discount now, offer expire in early Dec. Any one know their record of last few years if they have the chance of extending the offer till Jan/Feb?? Because I'm still planning my schedule now.
Or I should consider to use other Bus company?
I plan to stay in New Zealand for 1 month. I will bring my iPhone 5S and need the nano SIM card. Can I easy to get a cheap card? Where can I get it?
I have a question I hope some of you can help me with with. I am travelling to New Zealand in March 2014 with my parents for a two-week road trip. I have done loads of reading and research but am feeling a little overwhelmed, as there seems to be so much to do and so many possible routes to take. I am anxious to plan the best trip possible and would love some guidance. :)
My loose plan at this point is to fly into Auckland and spend a few days there in a hotel/guesthouse before hiring a camper van and driving down through the North Island for a few days. We will then catch the ferry to the South Island and drive around there for about a week. We will fly out of either Queenstown or Christchurch. I am not sure which one yet.
All in all, the trip will be 13 days. I want to be realistic about what is achievable but I also want to see as many beautiful sights as ... more »
Any suggestions for enjoying some local events at Christmas in Wellington and New Year near Whangamata? We have booked a bach in Wellington and another on the Otahu River. Will have a car, so can get about easily. Looking for 'alternative' community things on - local/grassroots events, yoga, music, the environment. Can only find menus for hotels and the standard tourist attractions on the internet. Thanks
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