Kia Ora New Zealand!

2 years of travelling and living in Australia has come to an end.

I’m sad and happy at the same time. Sad that it’s over. It’s a place I would love to call home for good. But then I’m happy I managed something many only dream of. Happy that I now get to move on with my adventures and see new places, meet new people.

So where am I now?

New Zealand! An obvious choice right? A few hours flight from Australia, it’s an obvious route with backpackers. They get kicked out of Australia, move to New Zealand. And vice versa.

I started in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, situated right at the bottom of the North Island. This was a 3 and half hour flight from Melbourne, so a lot closer than I imagined! Wellington is ok. Many told me before I went that it’s NZ’s version of Melbourne, just on a smaller scale. I have to disagree, it actually reminded me more of Brisbane than Melbourne. I spent a few days there, then caught a flight to the South Island, a popular backpacker destination, Queenstown.

So that’s where I am right now. The plan is to get a job, and then save and travel around New Zealand. But since I’ve started looking into jobs, I’ve found New Zealand is very different to Australia. Pay is a lot worse, and it’s just as expensive to live here, so it’s a bit of a kick in the teeth. Plus I’m getting to that point where I’d sooner live at home as a base, then just travel from there. But I’m going to give it another week, see how the job hunt goes, and decide from there what I’m going to do. Don’t get me wrong, New Zealand is beautiful, I’ve already experienced that, and I know it only gets better, but I think I’d sooner travel than live here. But only time will tell!

Check out my future blog posts about my introduction to New Zealand, Wellington & Queenstown, and some blogs I have from travelling around Australia.

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