Category Archives: New Zealand

This is Your Chance to Score a Free SWAP Registration!

One lucky SWAPPER who registers in March will win their registration for free!  The eligible programs for this contest are the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.  After March 31st at midnight we will draw one name and refund the … Continue reading

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Aussie Assassins vs. Kiwi Cute

By Nicole Farrell Dangerous animals who want to kill me have always been a bone of contention between me and my interest in Australia. The scene in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets where (spoiler alert for those still … Continue reading

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The Travel Wisdom of Bruce Lee

By Carlo Alcos Bruce Lee didn’t just kick ass. He stimulated minds, too. “The great mistake is to anticipate the outcome of the engagement; you ought not  to be thinking of whether it ends in victory or defeat. Let nature … Continue reading

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Answers to Your “What If…?” Travel Fears

By Nicole Farrell, SWAP Intern “Traveling is awesome, but I think I’d miss home too much after a few months.” “Living abroad sounds cool, but it seems like such a crazy idea.  I don’t know anyone who has done it!” … Continue reading

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12 Career Skills That Travel Will Improve

By Mabel Lee With an increasingly globalized world and the rising demands of competitive 21st century skills in the job market, travel is actually one of the best things you can do to boost your career skills and to develop … Continue reading

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The life of a SWAPPER in a New Zealand prison

  My name is Linda and I’m from Newfoundland, Canada. Last year, I decided to quit my job, move out of my apartment, box up my belongings and sell my car so that I could come to New Zealand on … Continue reading

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Top 5 SWAP Concerns… Solved!

It’s not a matter of wanting to SWAP abroad or not, you’ve always wanted to; but just when you’re about to register … the concerns start flooding in! This happens to most SWAPPERS, often paralyzed by the unknown: what will … Continue reading

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Taking care of business: a trip-preparation to-do list

By Elise Newman, SWAP staff member In less than six weeks, I’ll be heading off on my trip that the cool cats would call RTW. That’s round the world. I might be back in 2 weeks, but in case I … Continue reading

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Bird’s Eye View: New Zealand

Hanging out with the Kiwi’s these days? Here are some ideas of how to catch a good view of this scenic country. What better to begin with than skydiving. Definitely seems like the ‘in’ thing to do in this country, … Continue reading

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Festivals All Over the World

Australia: The Melbourne Jazz Festival –  You’ll want to make your plans to attend this festival this month, as it runs from June 1 – 10 in – you guessed it – Melbourne. Running for over 10 years now, be … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays- from NZ!

This is the accent you can look forward to picking up in NZ.  Happy holidays to all our SWAPPERS abroad, and all of you planning to SWAP in the New Year!

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The Top 5 Jobs on a New Zealand Working Holiday

By Candace Rardon I went to New Zealand on a working holiday, looking for a year-long, fixed-term job. Shortly after arriving, I changed my mind and decided to split my year between three cities, working my way around the country … Continue reading

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Want to work in NZ? You should!

So what’s so great about New Zealand? Well for starters, there’s our pristine lakes, majestic mountains, rare wildlife, picturesque beaches, rainforests, immense glaciers, amazing food and wine, great coffee, vibrant art scene, friendly people, our Maori culture, the famous All … Continue reading

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Etiquette 101: Tipping Guide (for all over the world)

by Tim Murphy So you just had a five-star meal in Qatar. Or went scuba diving in beautiful Bohol in the Philippines. Well, lucky you! But how do you express your appreciation for the service you received? Are you in … Continue reading

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Lauren’s SWAP NZ countdown!

Nervous (and super-excited) about your SWAP Working Holiday adventure?  You’re not alone.  Check out Lauren’s great blog Living it Loud as she gets ready to leave for New Zealand!

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Finding work in a new town, advice and tips!

Some helpful tips and hints By Richard John Hackey, Check them out here Remember, when you register with SWAP our overseas partners in your destination will help you with your resume, have up to date job postings, employers contacts and … Continue reading

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Win for Canada over Tongo at the Rudgy World Cup in NZ!

Whangarei – Canada captain Pat Riordan praised his side’s “awesome” performance in overcoming Tonga 25-20 in their Pool A encounter at Northland Events Centre on Wednesday. We trust our SWAPPERS celebrated the win! More on the game here

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10 Reasons Why Taking a Working Holiday is a Good Idea

A working holiday is when you spend a significant amount of time in another country and have the working rights to back it up. With this setup, you are able to pick up a job or two (or 6) and … Continue reading

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Destination: adrénaline!

Vous êtes accros de l’adrénaline? Lonely Planet a préparé un mini-guide des 10 meilleurs montées d’adrénaline au monde ici! Psst: vous pouvez partir en Australie, aux États-Unis, en Thaïlande, en Nouvelle-Zélande et en Afrique du Sud avec SWAP… 5 des … Continue reading

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Cost of Living – New Zealand

Here’s an idea of how much day-to-day things in NZ will cost you, on average. The source is the experts themselves, our partners IEP in Auckland. Check http://www.xe.com/ucc/convert/?Amount=1&From=CAD&To=NZD for the most recent rate

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