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So, me and my boyfriend are making the 6 month move to NZ in September of 2020. We're applying for a working visa for a year (however budget wise we plan on only staying for 6 months) and i'm really looking for some advice.

I have narrowed it down to Auckland to live and work as it seems the most lively/traveller friendly as well as easy to find work in the summer. I have looked into Queensland but it doesn't seem as job/travel/lively orientated as the likes of Auckland and Wellington. Can anyone tell me what would perhaps be best out of the areas to live and work in for us? We have a budget of 900 per month (1700 NZ dollars) for the 6 months we're there and aren't too fond on shared accommodation, we'd prefer something with a private room and bathroom as well as kitchen facilities, can anyone advise area's that would be best for this taking into consideration the other details above.

Am I correct in thinking once we have our visa's and sufficient funds, find a place to stay we can fly to NZ, get through immigration and then head into the city to find work? Is it as simple as going into a bar/restaurant/retail sort of place and saying 'hey i'm on a working visa, can you offer me any work?'

Thanks so much to anyone who takes time to read through this and answer any of my queries. It's greatly appreciated.
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I assume you're gonna apply for 12 month WHV's (working holiday visas) and not working visas which are something different and only obtainable with a job offer ?
You do have the option of 23 month WHV's but you can always apply for the additional time if you change your mind when here.
I'd steer clear of Aucks. Most expensive place in the world. You'll be coming for Spring/Summer 2020/2021 and 6 weeks of that period over Christmas/New Year is Kiwi holiday time and people don't generally holiday in Aucks.....everywhere but Aucks.
Queenstown is predominately a winter holiday destination for the skiing etc although stunningly beautiful all year round but not as busy during the Spring/Summer period but still lots to do there so is an option but it is also an expensive place to live and to get to being all the way down South.
Christchurch could be an option as really nice over summer. Wellington also.
If you want to head for the best beach resort then you need to be where I am in Tauranga/Mt. Maunganui. Beautiful place to be for 6 months with lots of beach stuff going on, cafes and all that jazz. If you want nightlife then NZ isn't that great - Major cities only really so Aucks, Wellington. Yes there's nightlife in the smaller cities but nothing much goes on past midnight unless you're in a proper holiday place.
$1700 isn't a lot for a month for 2 people. Break that down to $400 a week as rent etc usually charged weekly and pay is usually fortnightly. To keep the costs down you're gonna have to compromise and go for a room rental so you'll get your own double room in a house and the rest is shared. You're looking at $150-$200 a week for a couple and that includes power, water, internet but you'll have to pay for food on top. Have a look on TradeMe there's lots about. Gonna be tough if you don't have work on $400 a week for 2 people.

Pretty much yes, you get the visa approvals, make sure you can meet the conditions and have evidence if asked and you can then travel. Arrive here and just go round to potential employers and ask for a job. Look on TradeMe. Look on Facebook local groups or in the supermarket advertising spaces behind the tills.

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Hi and welcome to the forum,
I assume you're gonna apply for 12 month WHV's (working holiday visas) and not working visas which are something different and only obtainable with a job offer ?
You do have the option of 23 month WHV's but you can always apply for the additional time if you change your mind when here.
I'd steer clear of Aucks. Most expensive place in the world. You'll be coming for Spring/Summer 2020/2021 and 6 weeks of that period over Christmas/New Year is Kiwi holiday time and people don't generally holiday in Aucks.....everywhere but Aucks.
Queenstown is predominately a winter holiday destination for the skiing etc although stunningly beautiful all year round but not as busy during the Spring/Summer period but still lots to do there so is an option but it is also an expensive place to live and to get to being all the way down South.
Christchurch could be an option as really nice over summer. Wellington also.
If you want to head for the best beach resort then you need to be where I am in Tauranga/Mt. Maunganui. Beautiful place to be for 6 months with lots of beach stuff going on, cafes and all that jazz. If you want nightlife then NZ isn't that great - Major cities only really so Aucks, Wellington. Yes there's nightlife in the smaller cities but nothing much goes on past midnight unless you're in a proper holiday place.
$1700 isn't a lot for a month for 2 people. Break that down to $400 a week as rent etc usually charged weekly and pay is usually fortnightly. To keep the costs down you're gonna have to compromise and go for a room rental so you'll get your own double room in a house and the rest is shared. You're looking at $150-$200 a week for a couple and that includes power, water, internet but you'll have to pay for food on top. Have a look on TradeMe there's lots about. Gonna be tough if you don't have work on $400 a week for 2 people.

Pretty much yes, you get the visa approvals, make sure you can meet the conditions and have evidence if asked and you can then travel. Arrive here and just go round to potential employers and ask for a job. Look on TradeMe. Look on Facebook local groups or in the supermarket advertising spaces behind the tills.
Thank you so much, yes I agree our budget is slightly unrealistic, I'm very open to staying in shared accommodation I just would prefer my own kitchen and bathroom space but now I've seen the price comparison I'm swayed.

I've read a lot recently on how Aukland perhaps isn't the best option anymore and I'm considering Queenstown but I'm thinking perhaps Aukland in the months of September-November and then over to Queenstown November - Feb, do you think that would be a good option? Having that extra budget available from bringing the rent down would make this possible.

Thanks again for your help X

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Yes if you are keen on trying Auckland then that'll certainly work, however you may find it a little more difficult to find accommodation as you only then need a room for 3 months in each place as opposed to 6 months in one place so you're more temporary which could put off home owners or other sharers offering a room ?
Auckland is fine, just expensive and difficult to get around in a car and public transport ain't the best. Lots of things going on and lots of tourist trade work available.
Queenstown in summer is all centered around the lake and more extreme sports, bungy jumping, jet boats, golf and the like. Maybe some hill climbing and hiking as surrounded by The Remarkables and very close to Milford Sound for cruises etc in Fiordland. Loads of hotels restaurants cafes etc that take on seasonal workers.

Try and arrange accommodation before you arrive as it'll be easier when you get here. If you end up without a room you'll have no option but to seek single night accommodation say in a motel or hotel and would prove costly. One night would set you back a full week rent for a room for a couple in a house share!!!

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Yes if you are keen on trying Auckland then that'll certainly work, however you may find it a little more difficult to find accommodation as you only then need a room for 3 months in each place as opposed to 6 months in one place so you're more temporary which could put off home owners or other sharers offering a room ?
Auckland is fine, just expensive and difficult to get around in a car and public transport ain't the best. Lots of things going on and lots of tourist trade work available.
Queenstown in summer is all centered around the lake and more extreme sports, bungy jumping, jet boats, golf and the like. Maybe some hill climbing and hiking as surrounded by The Remarkables and very close to Milford Sound for cruises etc in Fiordland. Loads of hotels restaurants cafes etc that take on seasonal workers.

Try and arrange accommodation before you arrive as it'll be easier when you get here. If you end up without a room you'll have no option but to seek single night accommodation say in a motel or hotel and would prove costly. One night would set you back a full week rent for a room for a couple in a house share!!!

Thank you so much, I've spent the last 24 hours searching through and I'm struggling to find a hostel with a private room that doesn't cost the same amount as an airbnb at the moment, my other half isn't too keen on sharing a bathroom with anyone so private rooms with Ensuites are adding up to be the same price as an airbnb for the 6 months, very tricky situation.

If you have any recommendations on hostels that have private rooms that aren't too bad I'd love to know!
The idea of Auckland for 3 months and Queenstown for the other 3 is the main plan at the moment, I'm planning on making a meeting with the NZ embassy over here in the UK to talk to them about my plans and what they think may be best, budget is tight as we have given ourselves until September next year to save however I may be keeping my current job for the 6 months I'm out there as it's all work that can be done online (accountancy) so that would help massively if I was still getting my month income from the UK each month.

Tricky situation to be in but thanks for all your help.

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Thank you so much, I've spent the last 24 hours searching through and I'm struggling to find a hostel with a private room that doesn't cost the same amount as an airbnb at the moment, my other half isn't too keen on sharing a bathroom with anyone so private rooms with Ensuites are adding up to be the same price as an airbnb for the 6 months, very tricky situation.

If you have any recommendations on hostels that have private rooms that aren't too bad I'd love to know!
The idea of Auckland for 3 months and Queenstown for the other 3 is the main plan at the moment, I'm planning on making a meeting with the NZ embassy over here in the UK to talk to them about my plans and what they think may be best, budget is tight as we have given ourselves until September next year to save however I may be keeping my current job for the 6 months I'm out there as it's all work that can be done online (accountancy) so that would help massively if I was still getting my month income from the UK each month.

Tricky situation to be in but thanks for all your help.
I do have recommended accommodation in both but not available to you sorry. My employer has ten fully equipped houses all across NZ (one in Aucks and one in Frankton near Queenstown) but only available for employees to use.

I have another option for you to consider. Forget finding accommodation. Instead, use the budget that you would spend on accommodation and buy a used people carrier, station wagon or van that has already been converted to be a camper when you get here. So many young people do this and use it as their road trip mobile home to get around NZ. There are lots of places to freedom camp for free or if you want somewhere with a hook up and hot showers or other facilities then buy a pitch on a campsite from around $30 per night. Once you get to know people here you may be able to just park up on somebody's land with an extension lead for power to keep your nightly fee to a minimum.
After you've used the vehicle just sell on as you are about to leave. There's even a small number of vehicles that can be bought off TradeMe with a buyback option with deals especially suited for people like you.
Love campervanning here myself but never done it on a budget as such and we stayed at a decent campsite each night with proper toilets showers laundry facilities etc around $40-$50 per night. They do say you need to book campsite places through summer as it is very popular.

If not no sweat, just keep searching you'll find something. Maybe join local Facebook groups and put some posts out asking for accommodation. There's always accommodation ads on there that aren't on TradeMe as Facebook is free whereas you have to pay to advertise on TradeMe

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