For those that live in the 21st century, a bulletin is a short news report that comes outperiodically. Because notmuch happens in New Zealand, many towns will have bulletins instead of local newspapers. Within its pagesyou will also find the local cinema roster, a few news stories, job listings and, what we’re all here for, classified ads forflats for rent or flatmates wanted.
2. Coworkers & Friends
New Zealand is acountry where a simple pint opens the door to a wealth of opportunities. From jobs to rooms-for-rent, making friends is the best way to get ahead in New Zealand. So head down to your job’s Friday drinks, or invite a few of your coworkers to the pub and ask around if they know anyone that might be looking for a flatmate.
3. Facebook groups
There are plenty of backpacker groups on Facebook, some specific to each city, where travellers go to buy, sell and exchange goods and ideas. Join the group in your town and keep an eye out for postsabout a room for rent or somebody who is leaving the town soon you may be lucky enough to get their room when they head to their next adventure. On that note, have you joined our Facebook group to meet backpackers all over New Zealand, make your own listings, and ask us questions about your trip? Learn how to make the most of Facebook groups with our 15 Simple Tips to Kill It on Backpacking Facebook Groups.
4. Supermarket boards
Like every traditional small town, most of New Zealand’s towns come alive on a Saturday morning at the supermarket where all the locals shop for groceries. Make sure to look at the notice board, usually located near the exit or entrance, for “Flatmate Wanted” or “Room to Let” ads. Call promptly when you find a suitable ad, as those ads tend to stay up for weeks and may not be relevant anymore. Learn more about New Zealand supermarkets here.
Some bigger towns have newspapers where locals can post a notice in the “Classified” section. There, you will find New Zealanders looking to fill a room or two intheir house. The ads usually include a phone number but rarely feature the phone number’s area code, since classified are often pay by the letter, so make sure to add it and contact advertisers as soon as you can, as rooms get filled very quickly.
6. Roommate websites
Websites like Trade Me, NZ Flatmates, Easy Roommate and Flat Finder are a great way to find a flat when arriving in a city. Some websites will require you to create a profile. It is worth creatinga good one toshow potential flatmates that you are willing to make the effort. Additionally, you areable to use your profile to look for flats in other cities later on if needed.