Thursday, April 30, 2015

Auckland. Day 2

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Settled my friend's IRD, after get his translated driving license script, which cost NZD68. That's roughly around RM190. Really shocked. In malaysia, it only cost RM10. So please guys, remember to translate your driving license to english in your own country. Now, only left bank account... hmm...

Actually, not much to do in auckland. Walking around the city, sight seeing, take a free bus ride to onehunga to go to DressSmart outlet. Lots of discount here.

Booked ticket with nakedbus to Te Puke, leaving Auckland tomorrow at 7.30am.

Met new guy at YHA Auckland City, hi David. A great guy. =D

Hopefully tomorrow will be a good day. And with a better luck

Some random pic at Queen Street, Auckland

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Auckland. Day 1

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Reached Auckland airport at 5.15am from Melbourne. Going through the immigration took 1hr. Security was tight. Lucky I got the YHA Auckland City address to fill in for the arrival card. If not we might get into trouble =="

Actually not much preparation was done. Only a brief plan in my mind. Find YHA Auckland, get a local mobile number, create bank account and deposit our cash in, and find a job. I was expecting all this to be done within a week.

BUT, I forgot the most importing stuff. New Zealand IRD number. This number is needed when working in NZ. According to its website, they will need 8 to 10 working days to sent us our IRD number, which means my plan is definitely delayed, which means, we need to spend our own money for 2 weeks at least, which is, roughly half of the money we bring.


Currently thinking of a way to reduce our spending. The only idea I hav now is to join WWOOF NZ, with registration fee of NZD40. Free food and free accomodation provided in return for working with the host. At least we get used to the locals, and have better understanding of how things work around here. hmmm....

EDIT: now opening bank account in NZ is not easy. They require ur passport and another document which shows ur permanent address in NZ. The problem is, they dont accept documents from backpackers hostel to prove that you are staying there. What we do at the moment, we get the bank to sent letter to our friend's place in NZ and use that as a prove for the 2nd document. The whole process sound stupid, seriously. And too much hassle for backpackers. Takes too much time to just open a bank account. I found out the other way, which is to set up your account with kiwi bank before you actually go to NZ. Further info can be obtain from kiwi bank webpage.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

10 more days before depart

Thursday, April 16, 2015
i still left some packing and documents to settle. maybe i will come out with a checklist just in case if i miss out anything. hmm...

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