Im travelling to New Zealand with a friend next year. We were thinking January/February would be the best time (although most expensive).
We want to do as much as possible, probably not sky diving and all the extreme activities but we want to see as much of the North and South
Island as possible eating cheap and staying in hostels/motels.
Just wondering what are the must see/do things we need to consider and is £2,500 (4,500 NZD) enough including flights? We cant find any less than £1,100 for the time of year at the moment. We are considering going later on in the year instead if we dont have enough money but dont want to miss out on things that are better to do in the Summer months.
Would you recommend hiring a car or we have heard good things about the Magic Bus? I have done a road trip of the Great Ocean Road and East coast of Australia and wonder if an organised trip on a bus would give you as much freedom? Sorry for all the questions.
You don't say how long you're planning to stay? So it's hard to say if £1400 would be enough - it sounds low to me.
Re bus / car, we did a tour from north to south then hired a car to travel back and filled in the gaps the tour didn't cover.
We had five weeks, came away feeling we'd skipped over the surface and need to go back for longer to really see the place.
Oops you also wanted recommendations.
Fox glacier heli hike
Mt Ruapehu climb
Napier art deco walk
Driving Creek railway at coromandel
Bay of islands
Antarctic centre near chch airport
Hobbiton film set tour at matamata
Queenstown and Wanaka
Abel Tasman NP - there's a beachfront trail using water taxis
Cable car museum in wellington
Hell's Pizza dessert pizzas
Hobbit Motel at woodlyn park near otorohanga
Rotorua and Taupo geothermal features - better than yellowstone or iceland
Hi, sorry, the subject is 'Budget for 3 weeks in New Zealand'.
We want to go for 3 weeks.
Thank you for your recommendations.
New Zealand's not cheap - 500ml of draught beer in a pub is likely to set you back at least NZD6 and you're unlikely to find it cheaper than NZD8 in Auckland. Food out isn't cheap either although McDreadful and Burger Kak do the usual one-, two- and three-dollar deals on burgers, fries, onion rings etc. A proper pub dinner is at least NZD15.
Shopping at a supermarket (Countdown, New World. Pak n Save) will give you cheaper options - twelve 330ml bottles of beer for NZD20 and nine sausages for NZD7 and you can have a barbeque near the beach in a regional park reasonably cheap (although there's an alcohol ban at most beach parks).
Pretty much all branded clothing and footwear and travel equipment is cheaper in the UK
For accommodation (backpacking) I suggest you try http://www.stayatbase.com/hostels/new-zealand-hostels?gclid=CKXVsYeC97YCFQIVpQodZTQAbg
Having said all that. NZ is a great place to visit (and live) - the scenery is brilliant and the people are so friendly - enjoy!