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New Zealand to South America on the cheap

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1. Posted by jstarbuck (Budding Member 21 posts) 5y

I'm heading to New Zealand in a few months and on to South America after that. Having just looked at flight prices (OMG) I wondered if there was an alternative. Is it possible to work on a boat for the distance? Has anyone done that? Any advice appreciated. Thank you!

2. Posted by kichikacha (Respected Member 328 posts) 5y

Hello!

At one stage i was also looking to this option but on a different route. I gave up at the end.

Here are some links that might be interesting to look at:

http://hitchwiki.org/en/Hitchhiking_a_boat

http://matadornetwork.com/notebook//how-to/how-to-travel-by-cargo-ship/

http://www.cruiser.co.za/crewfinder1.asp

http://www.7knots.com/

Some cargo ship companies offer on board service, but it's basically like a luxurious cargo travel or an adventurous cruise trip... they are very expensive. Here, obviously you don't have to work.
http://www.freighterworld.com/general.html

I am also not sure that the route you're planning is a regular route for cargo ships.
Maybe best is to call cargo companies in NZ or go to a big port and ask the harbourmaster.

If you want to fly: probably the cheapest option is to fly to US (e.g. LA) and take the crap but cheap "spiritair" airline down (through Florida) to Colombia/Peru.

I would be curious to hear your story if you succeed in your adventure!

3. Posted by kichikacha (Respected Member 328 posts) 5y

if you book flight tickets to the US, note that big airline companies may penalize you for one way, so it might make sense to look at return tickets too.
with spiritair - it's more straightforward as it is a low cost...

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 5y

It's certainly not cheap but you can get specials sometimes with Aerolineas Argentinas.

5. Posted by jstarbuck (Budding Member 21 posts) 5y

Cool. Cheers for the help guys