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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 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 […]

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  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 21) : Tongariro Alpine Crossing @ Red Crater to Emerald Lakes, Blue Lake, Ketetahi Hut & Ketetahi Car Park

    At the Red Crater, we took a break, had our lunch and enjoyed the extraordinary view before us. After all, where else on earth can we see an active volcano, steaming fumaroles, emerald-blue lakes and snow-capped craters all in one place, but at the Tongariro Alpine Crossing? 😉 By now, we were halfway through the […]