What’s the Cost of a trip to New Zealand? Full travellers’ Guide!

What’s the Cost of a trip to New Zealand? Full travellers’ Guide!

Budgeting for travelling is not a “one size fits all” type of thing. Estimating the cost of a trip to New Zealand can be a bit daunting. But chill! I’ve prepared this guide to help you wrap your head around costs and ways to save during your visit. If what you are after is the cost of living in New Zealand, keep reading as this will also be a treat for you.   The Islands have the reputation of being very expensive. I’m not gonna lie, they are. Even for me that have been living here for nearly 4 years. So estimating the cost of a trip to New Zealand and being wise regarding budget is key if you don’t want to go bankruptcy JA!     In this practical guide I'll take you through: Visas and flights Transport Medical Insurance Food Activities Accommodation General Costs 2 Budget proposals All the costs in this post are in New Zealand Dollars. In general lines, $ 1 NZD...
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6 Lessons I learnt from Working Holiday jobs

6 Lessons I learnt from Working Holiday jobs

“There’s no shame in hard work” is what grandpa used to say. For most travellers & expats the path for becoming citizens of the world is paved with anything but glamour. And this is a lesson most working holiday-makers learn, sometimes literally; by blood, sweat and tears.   If I was to make a movie of my life I’d call it “Tales of a Working Holiday. Trying to save money, one toilet at the time”   It’d go like this… Scene 1: Martina cleaning up a toilet that’s anything but clean. 2: Me again but sweeping floors in a construction site. 3: I'm at the pack house squeezing kiwis with band-aids all over my hands. Did I know becoming a full-time foreigner was going to be like this? Yes, I did… kind of. But trust me, even though it wasn’t always easy, it’s been a hell of a ride.     Overcoming the fear of not getting a job The biggest fear I’ve seen in travellers, expats and experienced myself, is not...
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Vlog 01 – Ashburton Lakes weekend adventure

Vlog 01 – Ashburton Lakes weekend adventure

Smoothly and happily stepping into every day’s chores can be a challenge after 4 months of travelling. We decided we could use some peace and solitude to get a fresh start at the Ashburton Lakes, Mt Sunday and Lake Clearwater.   Hakatere Conservation Park is only two hours away from Christchurch -in New Zealand's South Island-. Here you can find the Ashburton Lakes and also visit one of the most important locations in The Lord of the Rings: Edoras. If you are a weekend adventurer or an “off the beaten path” lover: press play, watch the video and keep reading. https://vimeo.com/243521172   How to get there This is a 2 hours drive from Christchurch, direction West Coast. The only way to get there is self-driven. The closest you can get by bus is Methven or Ashburton. There are shuttle services from Christchurch to Methven -cost around $45nzd-,  or you can take the bus to Ashburton. Then you would have to book a day trip or hitchhike-which is legal in New...
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20 Useful links to Immigration New Zealand’s website

20 Useful links to Immigration New Zealand’s website

Today I'm sharing with you some of the most useful links to make your experience in  New Zealand’s Immigration website more user friendly. Wether you are looking into moving or just visiting, use this article as a browsing guide.   As you can  imagine Immigration websites are not always easy to browse, which can lead to feeling overwhelmed and frustrated (but hey! we've all been there). New Zealand's Immigration website is not an exception! I am positive that if you made it to my blog post it is because you are looking for information regarding the things you should do before coming to New Zealand. Maybe you're after a Working Holiday or a Visitor visa, a Work visa, or you're planning to become a full-time resident. In any case this post will save you some browsing time that you can spend on planning your trip or gathering your paperwork (maybe this doesn't sound like fun now but trust me, New Zealand is worth it). Immigration New...
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