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  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 30) : Te Mata Peak & the Big Redwoods Track in Hastings, Hawke’s Bay

    Hawke’s Bay is a beautiful wine region in New Zealand and the best place to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the picturesque scenery is to visit the popular vantage point, Te Mata Peak. Standing at 399 metres above the Heretaunga Plains, Te Mata Peak offers breathtaking views of the scenic Ruahine, Kaweka and Maungaharuru […]

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  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 29) : How to Apply & Get a Working Holiday Extension Work Visa in 10 Working Days

    Did you know? People who are already in New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa can make a one-off application to stay an additional 3 months if they have completed seasonal work in the horticulture or viticulture industries. So, once I have completed 3 months’ worth of seasonal work (in a kiwifruit/avocado coolstore and a blueberry […]

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  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 28) : Working as a Packhouse Assistant at Gourmet Blueberries Limited in Hastings, Hawke’s Bay

    I enjoyed working as a blueberry picker at Gourmet Blueberries Limited in Hastings because the job was relatively easy and the pay was good. However, the work was heavily dependent on the weather; rainy or bad weather days = no picking/work. 😭 Working as a packhouse assistant in the packhouse was a more stable and […]

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  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 27) : Working as a Blueberry Picker at Gourmet Blueberries Limited in Hastings, Hawke’s Bay

    In order to extend my working holiday visa in New Zealand, I need to complete at least 3 months seasonal work in any horticulture or viticulture industries. The seasonal work can include planting, maintaining, harvesting or packing crops. I did kiwifruits/avocado packing with SEEKA in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty until the end of the season, […]

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  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 26) : Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room at Te Kohanga Lodge, Hastings

    I always believe that everything happens for a reason, and most often with the best intentions. An unexpected change in my accommodation arrangement had led me to in my opinion, one of the most beautiful and best backpacker hostels I have ever stayed in New Zealand and in my life! 😀 Te Kohanga Lodge in Hastings, […]

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  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 25) : Bus Ride from Tauranga to Hastings with InterCity

    I am a huge fan of travelling by bus because first, it is the cheapest mode of travelling and secondly, I get to enjoy scenic views along the way especially in picturesque New Zealand. The second long distance bus ride I took in New Zealand was with InterCity, travelling from Tauranga to Hastings specially for the blueberry […]

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  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 24) : A Cosy Homestay with a Local Asian Family in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

    There are ways one can save money on accommodation without sacrificing comfort; stay in a home with a local family and/or share a room with other people. Homestay is a good option to consider especially when rent skyrockets during the peak travelling season in summer. The backpacker hostel I was staying in Tauranga was going […]

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  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 23) : Cycling in New Zealand Code and Rules & Enjoying Japanese Cherry Blossoms in Tauranga

    Cycling is a fun, healthy and convenient way to explore places, neighbourhoods and cities in scenic New Zealand. Designated bicycle lanes available on most roads in the country make it a relatively safe activity to do. I had a pleasant cycling experience in Tauranga – exploring the neighbourhood looking for Japanese cherry blossoms in full […]