Apologies as i am sure this has been asked in one form or another previously.
My girlfriend and I are travelling to New Zealand in March and staying for 6 weeks and later on spending 6 weeks in Australia.
In New Zealand we have already booked a campervan for 5 weeks so are wondering if £1500 is enough between the 2 of us in New Zealand.
In Australia we will be there for 6 weeks am probably have about £3500 or so
Are these amounts reasonable or will we struggling?
Hey Andy -
If that figure for NZ doesn't include your camper hire and is more for food/attractions/petrol etc, you should be right. I've done similar roadtrips for a month or so on around $A1500 so you should be ok with the $NZ3000 you'll have.
As for Australia, that figure should be ok for you two (around $A7500) for 6 weeks if you're staying in motel-style accommodation or cheaper hotel rooms - you can usually find hotel doubles for around $100 per night if you phone around. Motels are around the $70 mark. I've just been roadtripping up the east coast of Australia working on about $90 per person per night for accom, petrol, food etc and we were fine (except for the enormous cyclone that bore down on us!!) So you should be cruising on $90 each per night.
Have an amazing trip!
Yep, budget everything down to the last water drop. You can ask for assistance from the operator you got your campervan from.
You should be OK, but you'll just have to cook your own food and watch your alcohol consumption a bit!
Fuel is very cheap in NZ compared to the UK (in 2002, diesel was about 25p a litre), but you've also got maybe £10 or so per night campsite fees - ask the locals about wild camping for free, as I'm not sure on the law regarding that.
I think you'll be fine in Oz too with that amount. Car hire is cheaper than UK too, so might work out worthwhile for two of you.
£1,500 should be enough between the two of you alright providing your van rental does'nt come out of it. Otherwise it may be a bit tight for 5 weeks considering you also need to take account of the cost of powered sites and fuel. Also no doubt you will be seriously tempted to do just some of the many brilliant activities in NZ. ( You cant leave without doing a sky dive over Lake Taupo) Oh.. and you also have to do a bungy in Queenstown