How much it cost to travel New Zealand?
New Zealand (or Aotearoa – land of the long white cloud), truly is one of the most picturesque and photogenic places on earth. A small island nation of just over 4.5 million people, New Zealand is made up of two major land masses (North Island and South Island) and a number of smaller islands including Stewart Island located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The two main islands are divided by a 22km stretch of water called the Cook Strait.
How expensive is New Zealand?
Buying a home in New Zealand can take as little as three to four weeks. The median house price in Auckland is $825,000 compared to Wellingtons $480,000 and Otego’s $296,000. On average a two bedroom apartment in the city will cost around $350–$500 per week. Bus and train fares start at $2.00 and then get more expensive depending on how many zones you travel. A monthly pass across all transport will cost about $150.
- Expect to pay around $3.60 for 2 liters of milk, $2.50 for a kilo of apples, and $14.00 for a kilo of New Zealand’s famous lamb chops.
- A movie ticket will set you back between $10-$18.50
- A coffee will cost around $5.00
How much money do I need for New Zealand?
In New Zealand for Auckland sky tour Massage price is $55 per two persons, in Waaihoek jet boating is $202 per 2 persons, in Milford Sound trip Bungy jumping price is $324 per two persons. Sky diving price per person is $320; Lunch out per two persons is $46.
Backpacking New Zealand Suggested Budgets
On a backpacker budget, prepare to spend $80-105 NZD ($55-75 USD) per day. That will get you a hostel dorm room, bus transportation, happy hour drinks, for a more mid-range budget; expect to spend between $195-220 USD a day. This will let you travel carefree and basically do anything you want. A luxury budget of around $450+ USD a day will get you four star hotels, any activities you want, wine tours, private guides, five star meals, and the best the country has to offer.
New Zealand-Off Season Visit
Looking for cheap airfare to New Zealand? 25% of people found round-trip tickets to New Zealand from Los Angeles $784, from Chicago $993, from Tampa $1313.
New Zealand Travel Guide: Money Saving Tips
- Avoid peak season– Already high prices skyrocket during New Zealand’s peak tourist season, which runs from December – February. If you know your budget is tight, avoid this time frame, when crowds are thick and prices for hotels and tours reach their peaks. However, if your schedule is not flexible and peak season is the only time you can travel, know that the extra expense means you will likely have better weather during New Zealand’s summer months.
- Think about gas mileage– Gas is incredibly expensive in New Zealand (our campervan averaged 21 miles per gallon during our trip in 2018), so choosing a vehicle with good gas mileage will seriously help your budget.
- Take advantage of free campsites- Free campsites are plentiful around New Zealand, and it’s in your wallet’s best interest to take advantage of them. You likely won’t stay at free sites every night unless you don’t ever want to shower. People tried to camp at Holiday Parks every 3-4 days, and free sites or DOC sites in between.