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1. Posted by AutumnDawn (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

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My boyfriend and I are considering a backpacking/Birding trip to New Zealand. How much time and Money should we allow for a "Rugged" trip? Also, what would the weather be like the beginning of February?

2. Posted by KristenS (Budding Member 56 posts) 9y

Timewise depends on how much area you want to cover and the mode of transportation you are planning on using. I would plan on 3 weeks if you want to do both islands via a car. The west side of the south island is less developed and perhaps a better habitat for birds. When I went to NZ and stayed in a camper van I spent $1600 for gas, food, camp sites and a few goodies sharing expenses with one other person. Hope this helps.

3. Posted by maoriboy (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Kiaora...Weather in early feb, is ideal...as for backpacking, you can do it on a shoe-string budget, if you take a small tent, and/or choose cheap accommodation like backpackers, or woofers (willing workers on organic farms)...Their is a network throughout NZ that exchange 4 hours work for accommodation and food....Great to fall back onto...Naku noa na

4. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 613 posts) 9y

You really need to give us an idea of timescales. Three weeks is absolutely nothing, yet may be all you've got.
Kiwi campsites are very good. A tent would be cheap, but most places have cabins - ranging from little more than a shed with a bed, to grander chalets with all facilities - which you can hire if you feel the need.

5. Posted by Ardy (Full Member 62 posts) 9y

Camping in New Zealand is excellent, you can do it so friggen cheap - free a lot of the time, (if you don't mind roughing it). You just need to know how to budget. Feb is perfect whether, dry heat down south, humid heat up north. Hostels are fairly good as well, just do some research first on the net... but I honestly think camping would give you the best experience, buy some cat gut, sinkers and hooks, grab a stick and go fishing... most sites allow a fire (depending on the area) where you can cook up a catch. Eels are out in Feb to (any month with an R), very yummy.