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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 […]

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  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 22) : Barbecue Gathering & Glowworms Sighting on the Waterfall Track at McLaren Falls Park

    New Zealand is world-famous for its enchanting glowworms that live in damp, dark places like caves and forests. In Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, there is a place where we can have a barbecue gathering in a beautiful setting and WATCH GLOWWORMS FOR FREE at the picturesque McLaren Falls Park. 😉 Friends who have paid for tours to the […]