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Written by backpackers like you, backpackerguide.co.nz is aimed at those that want to make the most of their working holiday visa in New Zealand. We work hard to cover all aspects of a work and travel experience in our awesome country of New Zealand.
The perfect place to start is with our 30 Tips for Backpacking in New Zealand.
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We cover all topics from the visa application process and requirements to your medical and travel insurance, job search, accommodation, New Zealand tax return, travel needs and much more.
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