Why The New Zealand “Working Holiday Visa” Is So Epic. And The 6 Awesome Jobs I’ve Had In Kiwi Land

WOOFING @ Wairuna Organics
Clinton
South Island, New Zealand

Hello hello, to all of you beautiful readers out there. I would like to personally wish you a Happy March. March marks the 15th and final month that I’ll be enjoying the beautiful country of New Zealand. I’ve had such an incredible time throughout this past year and a quarter. I’ve grown as a person so much and learned so many lessons. I’ve even picked up a couple wildly unique new trades along the way that I can add to my tool belt of crazy skills that I’m semi-efficient at. I’m able to thank the country of New Zealand and “The Working Holiday Visa” for the acquisition of these new skills.

If any of you have never heard of a Working Holiday Visa before, here we go. The Working Holiday Visa offers a pretty unique opportunity to travelers, usually aged 18 to 30, to experience the world. The name Working Holiday Visa is exactly what the Visa entails. You can work and travel throughout the country where you’re visiting, usually for 12 months. (I was lucky enough to get 3 extra months on mine for working on farm).

Working Holiday Schemes for each country have their own unique requirements, such as limitations on the number of visas issued each year and restrictions on the length of time you can work for each employer. For example, New Zealand offers an unlimited number of American applicants to be able to acquire the Working Holiday Visa each year. The application is free and you can submit it at anytime of the year. I personally was approved the next day for my Working Holiday after submitting it. If you’re from the Czech Republic, however, there is a limit on the number of Visa’s that are given out each year. I believe its 1000 individuals allowed in New Zealand per year. And those are usually “sold out” within the first 30 minutes of being offered. And they’re not free. And to be honest, I’ve met more Czech’s along my journey in New Zealand than I have Americans.

Here’s Another example of how different the Working Holiday Schemes are. This one might surprise you. If you hold a Canadian passport, you have 32 countries around the world that you can travel and work in. A quick side note here, when I say “work” in this sense, I mean that you don’t have to go through the long process of getting an actual Work Visa which requires months of preparation and documentation and also includes a sponsorship from you’re current employer saying that they need you in that certain country for your job. I’m talking about being able to travel and work freely, not committed to one job. Okay back to the stats. If you hold a Czech passport, you have around 30 countries you can travel and work freely in. Sweden has about 37. If you hold a United States or Chinese passport you have just 2 options to work and travel abroad; those countries are Australia and New Zealand. Yes, you heard me right. Two. Why? That’s a great queston. But, I have no idea. But it definitely makes you think, doesn’t it?

But enough of all that mumbo-jumbo talk of documents and Visa’s. Let’s get to the fun part. The 6 jobs that I’ve taken part in since I’ve been in New Zealand. They’re jobs that I would have never ever done in the U.S. Partly because I thought I was better than doing these jobs, no joke, but I’ve learned my lesson there. And partly because the jobs are so specific to New Zealand that you couldn’t experience them anywhere else. That is much of why I LOVE this place so much. And without further adu, here are the 6 jobs I’ve partaken in over the past 15 months. I didn’t take pictures of all of them but I’ll share as many pictures as I have.

Job #1: “SERVER” AT THE COVE CAFE

Duration: 2 Months

Town: Waipu

Population: 1,500

The Cove Cafe
Waipu Cove
Northland, New Zealand

Job #2: “Dairy Farmhand Assistant” at Kohiata Farms

Duration: 2.5 Months

Town: Makotuku

Population: 300

The Ladies Waiting To Get Moved To Greener Pastures
Dinner View From The Farm House
It Was Indeed Calving Season

Job #3: “Skate Hire Attendant”/ “Volunteer Ice Hockey Coachat Tekapo Springs

Duration: 4 Months

Town: Lake Tekapo

Population: 369

Job #4: “Vegetable Picker/Packer/Harvester” at Wairuna Organics

Duration: 2 Weeks

Town: Clinton

Population: 282

Skipping my lunch break

Job #5: “Kayak Guide” at Kinloch Lodge

Duration: 5 Months

Town: Kinloch

Population: 20

Kayak Kinloch
Kinloch Lodge
Kinloch, New Zealand
Epic View of Kayak Kinloch
Spring Time On The Water of Lake Wakatipu
South Island, New Zealand

Job #6: Blueberry Picker at Gourmet Blueberries

Duration: 1 Month

Town: Hastings/Flaxmere

Population: 85,000/ 9,000

Mitchy Wilder Reporting For Duty

So, there we go. Those were the jobs I was lucky enough to experience. I’ll be leaving New Zealand in 3 days and I will be able to say that during my time in New Zealand I was paid to be a blueberry picking, cow milking, carrot cleaning, food serving, blogging ice hockey coach.

Thank You, New Zealand. Thank You

I Love You All and thank you for reading. Please let me know what you guys think! Send me a comment or message and let me know what you found interesting. I would Love to hear from You! Seriously! And if you want to save my hands from being covered in cow poop all day (not saying that I don’t enJoy that!), there’s a PayPal button on my main page of thewayofthechucklehead.com where donations are appreciatively accepted. And if you have donated already. Thank You so much. I Am Forever Grateful.

Love Is The Way,

Mitchy

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