A travel couple at Cathedral Cove, Coromandel, Working Holiday in New Zealand
Working Holiday New Zealand

Why go on a Working Holiday in New Zealand?

August 1, 2018

Many people believe New Zealand to be a must-visit destination at least ‘once in a lifetime’. Well, at least we did and still do! Therefore, as soon as Lithuania signed a contract for Working Holiday in New Zealand, we were the first ones in line for the adventure. Well, of course, we had to beat the competition first: we as Lithuanians get only 100 spots per year and there are way more applicants than that.

What’s so special about New Zealand you ask?

Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park in New Zealand

The stunning view of snowy mountain ranges from Hooker Valley

First of all, it being so far from everything else is incredibly tempting in itself. Think of traveling to the other side of the globe. For Lithuanians as well as most Europeans, if you dug straight through the Earth, you would end up in the Pacific Ocean with New Zealand literally being the closest shore nearby. Hence, being ~17 000 km (10 000 miles) away, it is a furthest possible destination for us to travel to.

A girl on a bridge at Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand

As peaceful as this picture from Nelson Lakes looks, I had to constantly wave and jump around to avoid being eaten alive by the horde of sandflies

Secondly, think of all the incredible landscapes it has to offer – snowy peaks of mountain ranges, bubbling mud pools and volcanic plateaus of Rotorua, beautiful beaches, lush native bushes and those green rolling hills that Peter Jackson fell in love with and chose for Hobbiton.  Being so separated from the rest of the world, New Zealand has formed a unique face with an incredible variety of landscapes and wildlife.

Perfect balance of outdoors and urban


A guy hiking in Hooker Valley, Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park, New Zealand

Algirdas hiking through the Hooker Valley

It’s a perfect country for those outdoorsy type always looking to explore, go hiking or embark on a road trip. As for the urban type – New Zealand’s cities years after years are listed among the best ones in the world to live in with New Zealand being one of the most progressive nations. So having a whole year (or 23 months for few select countries) on Working Holiday in New Zealand gives you a perfect amount to experience the best of both world – cities and nature!


By the way, if curious more about the cities, you can check our story for a short break in the hipster capital Wellington.

So expensive & so far

Unfortunately, traveling to, out of and within New Zealand is quite expensive, so it can get you hesitating whether it’s worth a travel just for a few weeks of holidays you can get off work within a year. Moreover, few weeks of holidays here are just way too little to explore and really experience it all, especially, if on a tight budget. Hell, even one year is not enough for me.

The rocks of Motukiekie beach, New Zealand

Exploring the rocky beach of Motukiekie. Our friends came for a few weeks of holidays to travel with us around New Zealand.

I’m not saying it is not worth going for a few weeks, as it definitely is if you can afford it. However, be aware you won’t be able to explore as much as you may wish to, so choose a trip itinerary that best fits the time you have. Otherwise, you might end up planning too much and seeing too little. If you try to fit too much, you’ll end up spending 80% of your trip just driving, trying to make it to the next destination. It’s better to see less but in quality rather than just rushing through as many places as possible. Better plan few trips, then trying to fit everything in a period that is really too short for it.

Working Holiday in New Zealand: Travel & Work to explore

So, for those looking to really explore and get to know the country, Working Holiday in New Zealand is a perfect way to travel and work, meaning you’ll have the income for all those splendid attractions New Zealand has to offer.

If you still have your doubts, research and make sure it is a right move for you. As for us, it is the best decision we have ever made!

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    August 2, 2018

    New Zealand is one of my dreams places to go!

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      August 2, 2018

      A great country to dream of, even better to really go to! We’ve dreamt of it for many years until finally gathered our courage and went on an adventure for Working Holiday in New Zealand! Hands down, the best year of our lives! If you really want something, I’m sure you can achieve! 😉

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    Talisa + Sam

    August 28, 2018

    Super cute blog! Really love the look and feel of it, well done! Some great info and tips as well, it will come in handy for us when we visit nz one day!! Xxx

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      August 28, 2018

      Hey! Thanks! So glad to hear from you guys 🙂 still a lot to work on here but really thanks. Loved your newest post by the way, look forward to trying out some of the recipes!

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    October 19, 2018

    Hey guys. What are you going to do after your 1 year working holidays are over? 🙂

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      November 26, 2018

      Hi Pranas! Well, we visited Sydney for 4 days and now we’ve moved to Vietnam, where we gonna spend another 3 months. 🙂


Ruta & Algirdas

We're Ruta & Algirdas - storytellers, world travelers, photography and filmmaking enthusiasts. Our best days are spent admiring planet Earth - exploring, tasting, breathing in all it has to offer. Now, after a year spent living van life in New Zealand, we're enjoying the hustle and bustle of Vietnam. Packing bags and embarking on an adventure is easier than it may seem - just have the courage.

  • Few days ago I found my teenage years' online diaries and had some fun reading together with @al.got.stories . Felt so weird reading those texts and hardly remembering I ever wrote them. Weirdest thing, even though thoughts are funny in they way I presented, I realize the core of questioning one's purpose and existence haven't changed that much since then. I laughed and cried while reading and trying to remember what was it like to be myself as a teenager. 
Have you ever kept a diary? If so, do you ever read those old entries and how does it make you feel?
  • When I sit down to look back on 2018, it was quite a year... the best year ever in our lives to be exact! Let's see about it:
Last year was the year we lived in our van roaming all around New Zealand; it was the year we got engaged at Arthur's Pass, the year we went caving through the enclosed cave river and saw enourmus caves full of glowworms, camped out in secluded beaches and enjoyed many nights under vast sky full of stars; it was the year we jumped butt-naked into waterfalls, hiked through mountains and bushes and it was the year we almost died in the mountains after an unpredicted weather shift but survived to tell an incredible story of the Holdsworth - Jumbo Pass; it was the year we shifted from our office jobs to taking on a challenge of picking kiwifruit for 3 months and so, it was the year I lost 10kg. It definitely was the year we learnt saving money and living on a tight budget but been happiest we've ever been. It was the year we went oyster picking on the beach and fishing for snappers with a boat with most incredible kiwi people (thank you Fran, Bill and Doug). It was the year we missed our families and friends incredibly but found unexpected friendships for life away from home! It was the year we fell in love with all those cute doggies while housesitting and taking care of them - 💚Annie, Dash, Yuki and Bonnie💚 and became obsessed with dogs. It was the year we had to say goodbye to our beloved NZ, visited Sydney (and it was love at first sight) and moved to Vietnam for a few months. Well it sure was a perfect year to say the least. 
Let's see what 2019 has in store for us!

By the way, @al.got.stories and I got engaged exactly one year ago!

P.S. stay tuned as Algirdas has finally started putting together our videos from the past year and we'll be launching a YouTube channel soon!
  • I feel a bit burnt out today and all on my mind is just food - as in what can I still eat on our last day in Dalat 🤣 
Anyways, with 2019 approaching, what are your plans for NYE?
  • So it has already been a month since we landed in Vietnam, though I haven't been taking that many photos as I'm still a bit cautious about pulling my camera out in a public as well as taking photos of poeple without asking them (with language barrier it can be quite tricky). This one though was actually one of our first mornings when we got out into district 10 in Saigon for some delicious Bo Ne breakfast. Not only the food was super yummy and cheap but the surrounding streets were really lovely to wander around and get lost. It really is so cool getting out of touristy center and discovering the real life of Saigon.
Do you ever do that in new locations - purposefully getting lost in a city and just wandering without looking at any maps? 
I think it is hands down the best way to feel and see the place. What's your favorite way for discovering new places?

P.S. if you want the name of the place for Bo Ne, DM me and I'll share it with you!
  • Merry Christmas everyone! This year we celebrate Christmas with flowers and colours of Dalat instead of white snow back at home. And as beautiful and lovely as it is here, I can't help but especially miss home today with our families and friends enjoying white Christmas and those delicious deep-fried mushroom pies we call 'ausytes' (little ears) that my mom and sisters made. I think Christmas is pretty much the only day in a year I actually want to have snow and the only day I feel guilty for travelling. Anyway, two Christmas spent away from home is hard enough and for the next one I promise I'll be back home! As for all of you guys, first, I really want to thank you for following our journeys wherever they take us, reading all of my posts (or not), as well as thank you for all the nice wishes you've sent us! Secondly, I wish you all to find some peace in your mind and in your heart and share the happiness with others! Merry holidays 🎅🤶 P.s. Even though it is not a religious celebration in Vietnam, Vietnamese love celebrating Christmas and do so on 24th - Christmas Eve 🤗
  • Who could have thought one can find such beautiful Italian gardens  not just in Italy but in New Zealand as well! Have you visited Hamilton's gardens already?

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