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Posted on Aug 18, 2014 in Australia, New Zealand |

Melbourne and Auckland are the Friendliest Cities in the World for 2014

A new survey shows that Melbourne and Auckland are the friendliest cities in the world for 2014. Melbourne is called ‘the Australian capital of cool’ and ‘one of the classiest cities in the world’ and the people of Auckland are praised for their ‘wonderful sense of humour’ and attitude to life. Australia and New Zealand are named to be the best holiday destinations. Melbourne is given special attention for its abundance of national parks, cuisine, cultural life and world-class arts scenes. Sydney is also ranked high (No 5) and noted a primarily vacation hotspot. Dublin is called a ‘vibrant city’ and takes No 6 in this survey, while no British city is considered particularly unfriendly.  On the other side of the survey, we have big cities such as Paris, Moscow, Beijing and Johannesburg voted as unfriendly places to visit. Two US cities appear on the friendly list – Savannah (Georgia) and Charleston (South Carolina). Other cities ranked in top 10 of friendly cities are: Budapest, Seville, Cape Town, Siem Reap, Victoria (BC). Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free today. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Aug 7, 2014 in Backpacking, Migration News, New Zealand, New Zealand Working Holiday, Working Holiday Visa |

Reciprocal Working Holiday Scheme between New Zealand and Croatia Announced Today

The Croatia Working Holiday Scheme will allow 100 young Croatians annually, age between 18 and 30 to study, work and holiday in New Zealand for up to 12 months. Croatians under the New Zealand Working holiday visa are not allowed to be involved in permanent job contracts with New Zealand employers or work with one and the same employer for more than three months. They can enrol in one or more educational courses or trainings for up to six months. Croatia is a member of the European Union and this program is compliant with the similar schemes already available for other EU nations. There are over 100,000 New Zealanders of Croatian origin living in New Zealand and approx. 2,550 Croatian nationals living in New Zealand today. This scheme will open on 11 Aug 2014 for the first time, so hurry up and submit your registration for New Zealand Working Holiday visa with Visa First today. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Jul 28, 2014 in New Zealand, New Zealand Working Holiday, Travel Destinations |

The Top 10 Places in New Zealand You Shouldn’t Miss

New Zealand (Aotearoa) is called the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’. It has also been known as ‘God’s Own Country’ and the ‘Paradise of the Pacific’. New Zealand is a land of stunning natural beauty: picturesque beaches, wonderful rivers and lakes, steep fiords and active volcanic zones, tempting pastures, forests and mountains. It’s a dream destination and a once-in-a-life place to visit, so if you are planning to go there for the first time or you plan to return, look at our suggestions what you should not miss there: 1. Auckland Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and one of the best places in the country. We recommend the AucklandArtGallery, the Bush and Beach Tours, the AucklandWarMemorialMuseum, Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, GreatBarrierIsland, Auckland Zoo, WaihekeIsland, WaitakereRanges, SkyTower.   2. Milford Sound R. Kipling called it the ‘eight wonder of the world’. It’s formed by glaciers during the Ice Age. Cliffs rise from fiords crowned by mountains and waterfalls. The scenery of Milford Sound is truly spectacular that has remained unchanged throughout the ages.   3. Lake Tekapo It’s a magnificent and energetic lake with intense milky-turquoise colour. You can enjoy the lure of salmon and trout fishing here, mountain biking, water sports, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, scenic flights and golf.   4. Christchurch The third biggest city in New Zealand, it was devastated by four large earthquakes between Sep 2010 and Dec 2011, but the city is live and back to normal again. One of the best places to visit here is the Cathedral Square and the CanterburyMuseum, the Garden City, a journey in the Christchurch Gondola and the ChristchurchBotanic Gardens.   5. Bay of Islands Bay of Islands is one of the best places for fishing, watersports or sailing. This region is made of 144 islands between CapeBrett and PureruaPeninsula. The Bay of Island is about three hours by car from Auckland. You should not miss the Hole in the Rock, an opening in a rock formation that you can sail through when the tide is right.   6. Queenstown Queenstown is also known as the...

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Posted on Jun 25, 2014 in New Zealand |

New Zealand foreign student will benefit from liberalized student visa regime

In order to make New Zealand more attractive for foreign students the education minister Steven Joyce and immigration minister Michael Woodhouse have announced new reform in the country’s student visa program. The new rules will give the foreigners extended right to work in the country while studying. In addition to that there will streamlined visa application process which will make application faster and easier. According to mr Joyce international education is a very important component of the New Zealand economy because it creates more than 28 000 jobs. Due to the increase competition for international students it is necessary that New Zealand takes some measures in order to ensure that it remain attractive for bright young people from around the world. Some critics however fear the fact that student might take some jobs from local citizens. Joyce however claims that this will be far offset by the number of working places that are created due to jobs that are created by the growing education industry. Mr Woodhouse announced that the lowest category of education college –Category 4 colleges, would no longer be allowed to teach overseas students. He said ‘while we want more students to come to our shores to study, our focus has to be on providing them with the highest quality education New Zealand has to offer’. Last but not least the minister will introduce new regulations that will ensure that international students are not ripped off by unscrupulous education and visa agents Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your New Zealand Visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Oct 15, 2013 in New Zealand, Travel Destinations |

Wellington – a charming city of great culture and scenic natural beauty

New Zealand’s coolest little capital Wellington is nestled between sparkling harbour and rolling green hills is renowned for its art, heritage, culture and native beauty which all makes it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world. It is a buzzing city which is nicknamed as “Culinary Capital” of New Zealand is known for its elegant bars, quirky cafes, award-winning restaurants and welcoming delicatessens. Wellington has small village charm but at the same time boasts big city sophistication. Built on the edge of a deep harbour and steep surrounding hills, Wellington is the creative capital of country which has many museums, art galleries, thriving theatre and film scene. It hosts some of the grandest events in the world such as International Arts Festival, Wellington Sevens Rugby Tournament and World of Wearable Arts Award etc. So make a plan and book business class flight to Wellington where you can enjoy culture to coffee, music to movie-making, adventure activities to picturesque walks beautiful harbour to hills that will surely leave you wanting for more. Whatever reasons for your visit to Wellington but rest assure you’ll never come across even a single dull moment. Great heritage buildings Being the political centre of country, Wellington is a home to some great heritage buildings that tells stories of New Zealand’s nationhood and culture. A visit to Wellington would not be complete without a visit to NZ’s beautifully refurbished Parliament Buildings. Located in historic suburb of Thorndon, it is made up of three architecturally distinctive buildings, the Edwardian neo-classical Parliament House, the Victorian Gothic Parliamentary Library and a unique Beehive building which are worth visit. The Colonial Cottage located in central Wellington is oldest identified building in the city which was built in 1858 is a family home by William Wallis. It has now been preserved as a museum to show living in 19th century. Don’t miss a visit to Old St Paul which is one of country’s greatest heritage places and is one of the best examples of timber Gothic Revival architecture is a great experience for its visitors. Popular attractions Don’t ever...

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Posted on Sep 13, 2013 in New Zealand, Travel Destinations |

3 of New Zealand’s Most Beautiful Beach Towns

Summer is coming, meaning it’s almost time to get your beach (or at the very least your swimming togs) on! With its lack of crowds, pleasant weather conditions, clear crisp waters, clean beaches, great surf, and some of the best fish n’ chips in existence, New Zealand offers the very best in beach holidays. Here is a guide to three of the coolest beach towns across both the north and south islands! Nelson With its relaxed atmosphere and stunning weather, Nelson is the perfect place for a family holiday. As well as being home to some of the most beautiful stretches of sand in New Zealand, Nelson is culturally cool with a buzzing food and wine scene, a multitude of artist’s studios and galleries and a casual-chic lifestyle to go with it. In terms of beach action, if you want to stick close to Nelson city, there are a range of beautiful beaches bordering the main town centre with the highlight being Tahunanui. A very family-friendly spot, Tahunanui is a great place to swim, play and picnic. There is even an exercise area for the family pooch! If you fancy venturing a bit farther, located just a short drive away from the Nelson township lies Kaiteriteri beach. Essentially one of the most beautiful beaches in the South Island, Kaiteriteri beach is the entrance to the Abel Tasman National Park. Here you can swim, surf, sun and sea kayak amongst the company of seals, penguins and dolphins. If you’re in dire need of a bit of sun and can’t wait until the Christmas holidays, spring is actually a great time to travel, as you’ll avoid the chaos of tourist season. You can search for cheap hotels in Nelson easily online! Mangawhai Beautiful, historical and culturally cool, Mangawhai is a family-friendly holiday spot, alongside an ideal romantic destination for couples. With its array of colonial buildings, abundance of art galleries, cool café scene and great selection of retail stores, it makes for a great weekend getaway or extended summer holiday. Located a short drive from Auckland city, Mangawhai is a great...

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