Originally Posted by PokerSpiv
The hardest part is what you haven't considered yet: Getting a visa.
Despite the US being the greatest country in the world and all that, you can't just waltz into New Zealand or any other developed country and stay there as long as you like. The most you will get is a 1 year tourist visa, after that you'll have to get marred, or go somewhere else.
Yes and no. I lived in New Zealand, if you get a part-time job and make friends they can just continue to sponsor you and keep you there for at least 2 years many times much longer. If you don't go the job route you can get a 1 year working holiday Visa even though you aren't working it's fine as long as you are under 30 years old. If you extend your stay over a year no one comes looking for you to imprison you or anything it will just be a pain in the ass getting back in the country if you leave unless you are gone for awhile. Kiwis are chill, don't do anything stupid and you can stay there for a long time. Also opening a bank account is very easy. Just go into a bank, forget if you need your visa or not and you can open one in NZD with a few bucks. If you want a USD account you will need to keep a minimum balance of between 1k-10k depending on which bank you use. Also not sure if I mentioned this that working holiday visa is obtained online and is like a 15 minute process and you get it in a day or so unless maybe you have a felony. Have fun, Queenstown and Wellington are awesome.