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New Zealand- travel help, places to go, budget etc

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1. Posted by Katiea723 (Budding Member 37 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hi all
Looking at going to Oz next year on a working visa.
Thinking of heading out to New Zealand while there for maybe 3 weeks just wandering if this is enough time to see both islands and where is best to go as don't really now that much.
Also if any1 has any help with budget & how much it would possibly cost to be there for 3 weeks.
Or am I better to be in Australia for the 12 months & then do New Zealand after so I can spend my full visa in Oz
Any help would be grateful

2. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 925 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!


Three weeks is a real hurry to try to get round both islands. There is much more to see than in Australia, in my opinion.

If you're going to do the three weeks, maybe just do one island and save the other for another time, Depending on your pace of travel I'd say try to spend three months travelling all of NZ.

Costs are a bit cheaper than Australia I think. Groceries a bit dearer than in the UK, hostel beds about £10. Some things are cheap - eg pizza hut and Domino's having a price war means a carry out pizza for $5 / £2.50.

3. Posted by MorganErikaOE (Budding Member 8 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

There is so much to see in NZ if you love amazing views & the outdoors. Everyone things NZ is a tiny place but it really isn't. Still takes time to get from one place to another & the roads are quite windy in some areas so takes a bit longer.

The dollar is pretty much even with Australia at the moment, but I think it's bit cheaper in NZ for food (from what I can remember visiting Australia) but will be more expensive than the UK.

Could always get a working holiday visa in NZ =)