Awhile back I started a thread called "Recommend me a long vacation." I got many great suggestions, but after much consideration, I decided New Zealand looks like a nice place. Well, recently I applied and was approved for a 1 year "Work Holiday Visa." I've come back to ask for some advice from those of you who live in or have travelled to New Zealand. This will be my first time spending more than a few weeks outside of the United States. I apologize if my questions are kind of scattered or naive. Not quite sure where to begin . What's the cost of living like? Any ideas on the cost of renting a small apartment studio/1 bedroom in the larger cities and towns? How are the people? Friendly and outgoing? Easy to meet and make friends with? How is public transportation? Or am I better off to consider buying a vehicle? How difficult might it be to find work? I'm not terribly picky. For reference, my line of work is in Quality Assurance in plywood manufacturing. I realize I probably won't find much work related to my current job . Well, thats all I can think of, for now. I may well come up with more as I go along. I greatly appreciate any and all advice.