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1. Posted by Twalk (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Going away to NZ for a month and staying in a camper van, ive taken into account the price of fuel for travelling around but what i was really wondering is how expensive it is out there for just general living such as just food prices and eating out. I would presume its fairly similar to living in the UK for a month ? Thank you for any information ! Tom

2. Posted by groverkiwi (Budding Member 15 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

There has been a lot of debate out here (NZ) about the price of grociers it is more expensive than in the UK (even for NZ produced items). The best bit is to buy fruit and veg from farm gates or small fuit and veg shops rather than the big supermarket chains. I would budget on probably 20-25% more than the UK. the cheapest of the supermarkets is Pak n Save. Hope this helps

3. Posted by loulabell879 (Budding Member 13 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Yeah I'm a New Zealander too and what groverkiwi said is right.. never buy fruit or veg from the supermarket unless you are certain that there is no vege shop in the town your in.
I have found that for food the north island is a bit cheaper.
The south island is the better place for travel..
easy way is make friends with some awsome locals and they will invite you home for a feed hahaha ..
hope you have fun in our country.
when are you planning on your NZ trip?? you can come to mine for dinner :)

4. Posted by rabudman (Inactive 31 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

hey twalk, i think you'll really enjoy NZ. I agree with luolabell879 about the south island, loads to do on the south island...and it wouldn't be to difficult to get an invite over for tea from most kiwis...jeje.

I am surprised by groverkiwi's advice on budgeting 20-25% more for food than the UK....not saying it's not true, just surprised. I was in NZ for 6 mo in '08 and '09 and again for 3 mo in '12. I haven't been to the UK since '97 so I'm not the expert on that.

I thought the overall cost of living in NZ to be similar to the West Coast of the US. Yes grocery chains where a bit higher than that but if you do as suggested and buy from local producers...they're a ton of family owned restaurants, bistro's/coffee shops to grab a snack or good meal. Most of those places will have locally produced food of all types and it always tastes better than the pre-packaged stuff you get from chain restaurants.

I found these places to be a bargain...not to hard to find a good lunch for about $10 kiwi or about 5-6 pounds...current exchange rate...1 pound = 1.82'll have a blast...good luck, wish I could join you on this trip...

5. Posted by seafarmer (Budding Member 9 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hi Tom -- Campervan is quite expensive isn't it! You will find you have to pay camp fees every night too. Freedom camping is limited. There is a new scheme called Native Parks NZ where you buy a list of private homes, farms etc where the owners are happy to have you camp free on their land.. site is We have joined as hosts and are happy to have vans on our coastal farm near southernmost point of South Island.
As for food and eating out, probably not much different from UK.. lovely fresh fruit n veg, friendly people, roads fairly empty esp down south.. you'll have a great time.. what month are you coming? Best wishes Christine McKenzie, Fortrose

6. Posted by Twalk (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Thank you all for your information, its been a great help. I actually leave tomorrow land in Auckland on the 1st of March and then go from there !

7. Posted by jessnz (Budding Member 11 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi Twalk,

How did you find it in the end? much more expensive than the UK?
I bet you didn't, although prices have been up lately,

Surely you had a great time,


Jessica Marie Simons