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New Zealand

What can I expect from New Zealand?

The first, and the worst, thing about New Zealand is by far the suicidally slow internet. It’s well and truly naf, and voted by many to be the worst in the modernised world. Stephen Fry was quoted as saying “They [New Zealand] have probably the worst broadband I’ve ever encountered. Turns itself off, slows to a crawl. Pathetic” whilst he was filming the final part of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

The second, apart from the obvious beautiful scenery which is pretty epic, is undoubtedly the local people. They will happily go out of their way to help you and expect nothing in return, the indigenous maori population have a saying “He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata” which translates to “Goodwill towards others is a precious treasure” and you can see it’s practiced by everybody here – even the taxi drivers, who are notoriously rude in most of other countries, but not here!

Things to See and Do in New Zealand

Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park, South Island; to witness country’s highest peak in the Southern Alps.
Auckland, North Island; also known as, ‘City of Sails’, for its blonde and black sand beaches with volcanoes surrounding the city.
Coromandel Peninsula, North Island, away from the hassle of the Auckland city, surrounded by sea, encompassing beautiful forest, opening you to new opportunities.
Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound, South island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with most spectacular views and scenery in New Zealand.
Bay of Islands, North Island, a haven for sailing and yachting on the dazzling bay of 144 islands.
Queenstoen, South Island, an adventure filled destination, with activities like- jet boating, paragliding, water rafting, bungee jumping, rock climbing, downhill skiing and mountain biking, to pump you up.
Te Matua Ngahere, a 30 minutes one-way path to Yakas from Four Sisters.
Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers in the world are located in South Island.
Whakaari (White Island), encompassing some of New Zealand’s largest and most active volcanoes and popular scuba sites.

“Bay of Island”

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“Queenstown”

Typical Costs When Travelling

Accommodation-  

New Zealand has myriad options when it comes to accommodation, to suit the preferences of all sorts of tourists. Generally, it is stated on the higher side as compared to many other countries. However, you come across all kinds of accommodation facilities from bed in shared hostel dorms, on-shared rooms in budget hotels, home style moderately priced accommodation to five star hotels, opening you to some of the most beautiful and mesmerizing views and locations.

If you’re travelling on tight budget and hoping to stay in shared dorm of hostels, then you’re expected to shed $20 to $40 per person and night.

In case you’re a private person with moderate or mid-range budget, you can rent a private room in a hostel for $50 per night. AirBnb is another option that you can explore, with homestays and apartments starting from $25 to $55 per night.

If you’re luxury seeker, wanting to stay in five star hotels and resorts in exotic locations the starting range in $150.

Food –

If you’re a budget traveller, you can get food from, Pak ‘N’ Save, cheapest supermarket in the country. With breads, pastas and sandwiches available at low prices have the capabilities of becoming your staple food while you travel.

It’s a place with few American fast food restaurants, Auckland being one with maximum outlets, compared to other parts of New Zealand.

The prices at normal restaurants for breakfast should be anywhere between $6 t $10 per person & meal. On the other hand, dinner costs around $13 to $27 per person & mea. Lunch would cost somewhere in between.

An estimate of food per day summing up to (from low to high end), would amount to $20 to $50 per person & day.

Fast food chains are cheap and you can grab your meal starting at $7 per person & day. Cooking your own meal is the best option, letting you fix your food expenses within $70 per person and week.

Transportation-
Buses are the best and cheap way of getting around and in between cities. You can roam about conveniently, by purchasing through nakedBus, letting you 10-rides naked passport for $254 NZ. It allows you to travel around, both, North and South islands, an easily and conveniently. You also have options to choose from other companies like Stray and Kiwi Experience, that do hop-on/hop-off bus tours,around the country. You’ll get bus passes at discounted rates, in case of advance and/or online bookings.

Caravanning is quite popular in New Zealand (especially in summer) with various designated sites and adventures designated to travellers choosing this route. You can also try hands-on campervan, cheaper compared to renting a car, lowering your accommodation costs as well.

If you can’t travel by bus and prefer rail and flights instead, you’re expected to shoot up your transport costs. Flying within New Zealand is expensive and must be avoided by people with strict budgets. It also makes you skip the landscapes and scenic beauty that you can enjoy otherwise.

Cost of renting a car in New Zealand can cost you around (for compact automatic cars) $55 per day, with additional fuel charges.

Suggested Daily Budget – 
On an average, you’re expected to spend on a daily basis, an amount somewhere in between $100 to $125 per person for budget range travellers.
The cost break-up (for such travellers) can be done as follows: 
  • Accommodation (Dorm Beds/Camp sites): $25 to $37 per night. 
  • Food (Main course in a budget hotel or eating at majority local places): less than $17.
  • Transportation [Intercity or Bus pass (Hop-on/Hop-off)]: $125 to $160 per person for 5 trips/15 hours.

If you wish to travel moderately and cannot compromise on your privacy or living standards, your expected daily budget would be $130 to $170 per person.

The above stated cost estimates can be explained as: 
  • Accommodation (Double room in a hotel or non-shared room in a hostel): $115 to $195 per night.
  • Food (at average restaurants): $17 to $35.
  • Transportation: In this budget, you can afford to rent a car for $40 per day. 

For luxury travels, you can do everything upmarket and enjoy everything in an expected base daily budget of $180 and upwards, thereon. You can stay in fancy hotels, villas with exotic views and resorts at unique locations and have your meals in classy restaurants, travelling in flight across the country.

Money Saving Tips

1
Visit in off-season If you go by this, you must visit New Zealand during spring or autumn season.
2
Choose between North and South Islands Travelling to both islands can be time consuming as well as tedious, wanting you to shed extra money. Therefore, select an island where you would want to spend most of your time.
3
Post selection from the islands Wisely select your place of landing in New Zealand. For those wanting to travel around in North Island, opt for landing in Wellington or Auckland and for those looking forward to South Island, can either land in Queenstown or Christchurch.
4
Hit happy hours Take advantage of bars by visiting them for drinks during happy hours. Also, look for special discounts places, to save on drinks.
5
Get a Bus pass Buy bus passes of various private busses, letting you hop-on/hop-off at various destinations. It is the best way to save on your transport.
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