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Working at a ski resort in Australia/ New Zealand. Possible to save money?

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Hey I was wondering if anyone had any experience working a season at a resort in Australia or New Zealand. Basically what I was hoping to find out was whether its a viable way to save money and still have a killer time while getting to shred in the southern hemisphere all summer. Im an American Student heading into second year of college. I would really like to save up some money on my summer break and I cant think of a cooler way than working in Australia or New Zealand for a couple months. But is this just a dream? Or can I actually have a killer time and still save some money?

 

I know that rate of pay differs from place to place and even more so from country to country but if anyone could provide a rough estimate of how much I could make in a season, say as a lift op, I would really appreciate it. Also any insight into how much housing might cost and what my cheapest options may be would be much appreciated. Also where might I have the best time? Is new Zealand more fun than Australia? Thanks in advance   

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Australia is a great location, as is New Zealand. However Mount Cook with an elevation of 3,754 meters certainly trumps Australia's highest at just over 2000 meters. So skiing wise I think NZ has an edge. However it the many moons ago I was in NZ it seemed like the NZ dollar was pretty weak, and the pay pretty low, whereas you seemed to get paid more in Australia, and then the Australian dollar is a stronger currency as well, so living and working Australia might be better certainly and I did have a better year in Australia in terms of friends, lifestyle, work and enjoyment there, then again NZ is incredibly beautiful and fantastic for action sports.

 

I tried to get some lift work in NZ some time ago, but failed, maybe I wasn't tenacious enough and I was asking too early. There are lots of backpackers and foreign students in NZ and lots of season working locals so I think you'll have to be there at just the right time and be pretty determined, although it should be possible if you are on the right visa and are entitled to work. Also it might be best to locate yourself somewhere near or around Queenstown to have the best shot.

 

I'm writing these opinions from experiences over 10 years ago, so if anyone else knows more or better information please correct me, but it's a start.

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