Farming volunteerism and hiking in New Zealand, Jan.-April. Advice?
November 29, 2010 10:56 PM Subscribe
Gap year-ing vegan headed to New Zealand to WWOOF (farm) and hike from January through April. May I please hear your suggestions/advice/experiences?
posted by alexandermatheson to travel & transportation around New Zealand (8 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
At this point, I'm registered with WWOOF NZ and have made the travel arrangements—arrival and departure from MA.
I'm WWOOFing to contribute to and be involved with a practice that actualizes my environmental/social ethics, and hiking in between farming gigs to explore both majestic islands. WWOOF would seem to work in a short-term, immediate way; is it a valid strategy to post that I'm free and willing to work right before I fly out? Your take and tips re; WWOOF and the farmer/host situation are especially welcome, as I know little about the system and the FAQ is only so forthcoming.
What ought I not to miss when hiking? What should I avoid? Where/when is/are good places to meet likeminded folk—fellow travelers and NZ inhabitants alike?
Potential difficulties are the management of my insulin-dependent diabetes (type-one), and committed veganism. The former I hope to mitigate with solid planning and a prearranged support network including my provider in Boston. Any advice on successfully filling medications in NZ? As for the plant-based lifestyle bit, I'm not very worried; I'm certainly willing to find alternatives and fend for myself. I don't expect there to be much friction around cultural attitudes, and I always aim to be civil and accepting (as do the other veg-an/etarians I know; just who is it who causes the common resentment?!). I would be grateful for advice on where to find vegan supplies, best chances for restaurants, essentials to pack (primal strips en masse, perhaps?). Happily, I ought to be in close quarters with fresh produce, after all.
So, hivemind—have at it! I'm eager to hear your takes. Of course let me know if you need further info and I'll gladly supply it. Thanks in advance!