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Hello ladies and gentleman,
here is my story of the summer. My name is Philipp, Im from Germany and travel through this beautiful country, like every other ordinary german around here. But maybe, my story is not that ordinary, because Im 31 jears now and catched my last chance to get this work and travel visa, to explore your country and...of course, myself, as well. My journey of the first 6 weeks in NZ took me through the Northern Island directly to Marahau, where I found my first kiwi work experience. When I arrived in Marahau, the gate to the wonderful Abel Tasman national park, my plan was, to visit a friend of mine, who I know from germany and who spended 3 weeks over chrismas with his family in his hometown. But it should also become my hometown for the following 4 month, because I was running out of money, when I passed the sign "MARAHAU" at the entrance of the town with my tiny car. Many people in germany told me about the nice work conditions in NZ and how easy it is, to get a job. So i did, what i like the most: I walked through town from door to door and asked the locals and the companies for a job, face to face.In my first try, I got in a place, where a local Couple leased tiny comfortable chalets to the tourists. Cleaning up was the challenge, but I was not fast and fuzzy enough, for the matter that its not my favourite hobby, to clean up, I guess. So, I asked at the kajak company, because I heard about that they often look for people, who wash the kajaks when they come back from their trips along the coastline of the abel tasman. Fully strike! They looked for somebody and so I joined the team of coordinators, guides, boat-fixers and many more emplyees with different tasks. They all were very friendly and welcomed me warmly. In the first days, I perfected my skills in using a hose to clean lots of boats in minimum time and to understand the special slang of the kiwi-english. The latter was supplemented by my colleague, who rised the challenge of understanding english with her UK accent. We had a lot of fun and joked about the different behabits of our nationalities. For the first time, I realized how much german I am, compared to the german stereotype that is in the imagination of other nations. The thoroughly german, that I never felt to be in my homecountry. The guides always had exiting and funny stories to tell, when they came back from their trips with people from all over the world, where they had seen seals and sailed with the wind across the rough sea. For a long time, I only listened to this stories but had never the time to expierience my own adventure out in the wild nature of the abel tasman sea. Until the day, when I joined a guided one-day-trip wit an experienced feller, who was actually the founder of the first kajak-company in marahau and, by choice, the father of my friend. when he arrived in marahau 27 years ago from germany, nobody had expected, that sea-kajaking would become so popular in that little town. Today, he is the wittiest and most professional fellow of the whole company and leads the people with charme and sense for the real exiting sights in his second home: the tasman sea. So, we were fighting together against the big waves to appeletree bay, where we had our first break. After that, we paddeled along the coastline of adele island, listening to the native birds singing, exploring dark caves and watching the seals, who were hanging out lazy in the sun. We paddeled into remote bays and had lunch at the beach. At the end, we finished this amazing sunny day with a sailing into anchorage bay and got back to marahau in high speed with the watertaxi. When I turned back to the company, I finally knew, what the guides were talking about, when they reported from their experiences. So, I spended nearly the whole summer with all that nice people, fixed the boates or helped out with driving vans and picking up boats from the beach. Their was always music in our workplace, we enjoied the leftover food together or had a beer and witty conversations or crazy, freaked out partys after work. And their was always that carefree spirit, that connected all the lovley peole, working in the company. I finished my work  there end of march in an amazing dress-up party, where I was floating a last time through the awesome spirit of this summer, dressed with paddle-wings and sun-glasses, that looked like fly eyes. The farewell was hard, but I will return to Marahau one day, to light up this one-off summer in my memory again, when I see my friends and old workplace again. But what i definitely will take home with me is that free foodloose warmth spirit, that the kiwi lifestyle teached me. Its not all about earning money, its much more about spending a good time in nice company of openminded peope, who just enjoy life, like it comes. Thanks for that. This was my story. Hope, you enjoied it. Have an amazing lifetime.


Submitted by: Philipp Schulz
Date submitted: 5/05/2013 5:05:27 PM

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Grape picking Fri Jun 8

Blueberry picking Fri Jun 8

Hop work in Motueka Tue May 16

Working as an apple packer in Motueka Mon May 9

Working for free accommodation in Wellington Thu Mar 24

From working holiday visa to a resident Thu Mar 24

From the big city to the field of kiwi fruit Thu Mar 24

Working with Kiwi fruit Thu Mar 24

The Christmas rush Mon Feb 29

Packing kiwifruit in Motueka Mon Feb 29

Asparagus picking Mon Feb 29

put on your work clothes, roll up your sleeves and get out there Tue May 27


The Gorilla Hut Sun May 26

Working in sales in NZ Mon May 13

Life as an apple picker Mon May 13

Marahau Sun May 5

hanging nets at isabel vinyard Mon Mar 25

Farm stay Tue Feb 5

Berry-Picking and Ice-Cream Making Tue Dec 18

Vineyard Work in Blenheim Sun Nov 25

Working As A "Milkman" Sat Aug 4

Being an au-pair Thu Aug 2

Grape harvesting in Central Otago Thu Aug 2

Whenever Wed Jun 6

Picking up the oil in Tauranga Mon May 21

Onion grading Sat May 12

Omarama, Place of Light Tue Apr 3

Napier or the job war Sun Apr 1

Some helpful tips Wed Feb 29

Fruit picking in Central Otago Mon Feb 27

Some useful tips Thu Feb 16

Fruit picking in Motueka Wed Jan 18

Where Do We Go From Here Tue Dec 20

Picked it, Packed it, Buggered Off! Tue Dec 20

Seasonal jobs COULD change your very life as you know it Tue Dec 20

I work to live, I donít live to work Mon Dec 19

I only had $100 to my name Sun Nov 20

Odd Jobs In Central Otago Sun Nov 20

Peach thinning working experience Sun Nov 20

The young vines were frosted over Sun Nov 20

The work found me Sun Nov 20

Working for Watties Factory Mon Oct 24

Working New Zealand from a different perspective Mon Oct 24

I had always been dreaming about coming to New Zealand Mon Oct 24

My first job in vineyards was stripping Mon Oct 24

My happiness was indescribable Tue Oct 18

Working in a Packhouse in Auckland Tue Oct 18

Working on a vineyard in Blenheim Tue Oct 18

Cycling in New Zealand not friendly Tue Oct 18

Fruit Picking Tips for New Zealand Mon Aug 22

Whale and Dolphin Watching Sat Aug 13

Cherry Picking in Central Otago Sat Aug 13

16 Argentinian people living there, it was awesome! Tue Jul 26

No one got payslips, really crazy Sat Jul 23

picked apples at first Sat Jul 23

In 18 months I have worked with kiwi fruits, apples, two epic ski seasons and a travelling carnival Sat Jul 23

cash-in-hand odd jobs Sat Jul 23

A rugby team weíve beaten twice at the Rugby World Cup? Letís go teasing them! Sat Jul 23

Talking to strangers about charity Sat Jul 23

Fresh out of college Sat Jul 23

Working trees for $350 per week Sat Jul 23

German Windsurf Instructor in New Zealand Sun Jul 17

Vineyard work in South Island New Zealand Sun Jul 17

We had idea, get visa, sell everything and just go to New Zealand Sun Jul 17


Wilding Pines Sun Jul 17

boss was very nice and friendly Sun May 8

Vintage in Central Otago - Working in the Wine Industry Sun May 8

Mr Apple packhouse experience Mon May 2

North Island Notes Wed Apr 20

Fruitpicking in Napier Wed Apr 20

blueberry harvest season Thu Apr 7

bbq on the beach and if you lucky see some Dolphis too Thu Apr 7

Mate! You are on fire!! Sun Mar 20

The real vineyard work lowdown Fri Mar 11

I had pretty much run out of cash Wed Mar 9

The Land of New Zealand Mon Feb 28

Work in backpackers in exchange for accommodation Sat Feb 26

heard cattle on motorbikes Fri Feb 18

Traditional Maori hangi Thu Feb 17

Fortune Fruit and spitting cherry pits competitions Tue Feb 15

When I got to Whangamata... Sat Feb 12

I could romanticize itÖ Tue Dec 7

I thought it sounded interesting Tue Dec 7

My New Zealand adventure :) Wed Nov 3

Well I am from Mexico... Mon Oct 25

~New Zealand has no bandits and the relaxed lifestyle is second to none~ Fri May 14

New Zealand's got cheap banks!! Mon Apr 26

Tips from Latvia...yes not Russia ;) Tue Mar 16

First Job Thinning Apples... Mon Mar 1

Damn recession! Wed Feb 10

Loving New Zealand.. Mon Feb 8

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A Czech in New Zealand.. Fri Feb 5

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