It’s August and I know, that a lot of people out there start to organize there own New Zealand adventure. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions from a backpacker girl, who did it all last year. Save travels and have fun!!!
– no, I would say you don’t need an organization (unless you are really really really shy)
– no, nobody checked my bank account balance at the airport, but you should have about 2500 Euros on your account anyway for the first few weeks
– yes, you need a print copy of your e-visa
– yes, it’s quiet easy to open up a bank account in New Zealand (I was a client with ASB)
– yes, it’s very easy to apply for a social security number (just go to one of the post shops with your passport and use your hostel address as a first address) / it takes about two weeks, but you don’t really need to wait for the letter / just start traveling and call the office after
– yes, you need a valid travel insurance (I used the ERV Europaeische Reiseversicherung – they have a special option for Aupair and Work & Travel and you don’t have to be a student, which is a big plus)
– yes, helpx is nice to find farms and stuff
– What’s the best adress to find a job? Well, here it is: http://www.backpackerboard.co.nz/
– yes, it can take some time to find a job / realace / take it easy – You will find something!!!
– New Zealand has a Minimum Wage (currently 14,75$) / Stay strong and ask for your right, if an employer tries to trick you and want to pay you less! They can loose their license, if you report them!
– yes, it is very easy to buy / sell a car in New Zealand (there is a good Car Fair on Sunday morning at Ellerslie Race Course Auckland)
– yes, New Zealand is quiet expensive
– yes, there are hundreds of backpackers
– yes, New Zealand is pretty save
– yes, you might need a clearance certificate, if you want to work with children
– buy your outdoor stuff in Germany or in your home country – much cheaper