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Why go on a Working Holiday in New Zealand?

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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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  1. Reply

    Renata

    August 2, 2018

    New Zealand is one of my dreams places to go!

    • Reply

      Ruta

      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

    • Reply

      Ruta

      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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    Pranas

    October 19, 2018

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

    • Reply

      Ruta

      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. 🙂

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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.

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  • So this one finalize my series of the camping shots I took back while doing the Tongariro Northern Circuit. 
Funny story: while I spent the night outside shooting stars, a guy came out of a nearby tent. I silently said "isn't the sky just incredible?" He got startled as appearantly didn't notice me before. Then he took a look up and said 'yeah, it really is'. After a few minutes just staring at the sky he went to the outhouse toilet and back to sleep. 
Only in the morning I heard him telling a story to his friends how he woke in the middle of the night wishing to quickly take a piss just outside the tent as was too lazy to go to the toilet. But it was when a girl out of nowhere interrupted him and made him look up at the stars. Eventually he ended up having to go to the toilet in the middle of the night but if it wasn't for me, he said he may have never seen the beauty of that incredible sky.
  • Another throwback to the Tongariro Northern Circuit. This was the last night at Magatepopo campsite. After the day of hiking we were pretty beat and just headed to the tent to lay down and read our books. It was right around the sunset when we saw crowds gathering around our tent taking photos of it. It felt kind of weird but I guessed that it must have looked nice in the sunset colours. As lazy and tired as I was, I finally managed to take a peak outside after @al.got.stories had persuaded me that I had to see it. Once I did, I couldn't stay inside any longer and had to get out with my tripod and camera trying to capture the incredible sight which was fading into the darkness right in front of my eyes. It was an amazing combination: due to the clear sky in the distance the peak of Taranaki could be seen in all its' glory and the clouds above Tongariro were creating these magnificent colour layers. I can't believe I almost missed witnessing this just because of being too tired, too lazy and wishing to stay in my comfort zone. So when you feel too tired, too lazy for something, remember this, battle those thoughts and push yourself one more time to get out there and do it, as what you find might surpass your wildest expectations! You'll never know what's out there if you don't go.
  • Let me take you back to the glorious New Zealand and the time we hiked the Northern Tongariro Circuit! We went to sleep super tired and with a cloudy sky. But waking up at 2 am, I battled the coldness and just had to take a peak outside. I was blown away by the increbly clear sky full of stars and spent the reminder of the night outside trying to catch at least a tiny piece of that beauty with my camera. So here is the first picture showcasing startrails over the Mount Ngauruhoe. Where was the most spectacular night sky you have ever witnessed?
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