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1. Posted by ShellbyFay (Budding Member 41 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,
Sorry I feel like I'm bombarding this forum with questions, but you guys are so helpful and to the point.

Im Trying to work out how much money I need to save up for my trip to New Zealand.
I'm going at the end of October.

I plan on getting a job as soon as possible to help me save up some more money so that I can enjoy activities and such.
I plan on Renting a car while I'm out there - though I heard it is expensive. But this is the best way to really see everything, and i won't be reliant on buses.
I'm thinking about going for 6months to a year, dependent on funds.

I've read on a few websites that you are required to take $350 for each month of your stay - but I'm not sure how many months I'll be staying, and if I do decide to stay a full year I'm hoping a job will provide me with enough money.
I was planning on taking £2500 - £3000, is this okay?

Thanks, ShellbyFay

2. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Yes. That's enough money to get you into the country and settled for a decent period. Forget about renting a car for an extended time though. Do the arithmetic.

"... I've read on a few websites that you are required to take $350 for each month of your stay..." That's a meaningless figure.


3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5174 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

£2500 - £3000 is NZD $4800 - $5800. I generally advice people to count on a minimum average daily budget of NZD $70 (staying in small dorms in good quality hostels, travelling once a week by public transport, buying supermarket food to cook their own meals with, doing one cheap activity once a week), which would mean you'd last about 2.5 months before the money would run out. (You can live more frugally than this, but you'd have to really watch what you're spending, and/or settle down for a longer time in a share house. And it's also trivial to spend twice as much without really feeling you're splurging, so take this as only a very rough guide.)
Take into account that it might take up to 5 weeks after finding a job before you'll get paid for the first time.

Busses in New Zealand go effectively everywhere you'd want to go, so for a year, use that as your main way to get around, and only rent for a few days locally if you have a specific place you want to go to which would otherwise be hard to get to.

[ Edit: Edited on 16-Aug-2013, at 02:05 by Sander ]

4. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 339 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi Shellby

Just a word of advice, I arrived in Auckland at the end of November back in 2010. I called a number of recruitment agencies and they said I would find it hard to get a job that started before January as most companies close down for around three weeks over Christmas and New Year. I know you are going at the end of October, which gives you an extra month, so you might be fine, but it is worth bearing that in mind.

I lived in a ‘lodge’ for a couple of months, where I had my own room, and shared a nice and big living room and kitchen with about 12 others and a bathroom with about 4 others. I was paying the same a week for that as I would have been for a dorm bed. Also meant I had a bit of my own space when I was looking for a job and when I was working.

I’d say Sander’s figure, which equates to around £35 a day is about right, and that is being quite frugal.

Also the buses do go everywhere you want to go, plus you will meet people on them, and I’d say they are your best bet transport wise. Renting a car will be expensive unless you can find two or three other people to share the cost with you.

I’m not sure of your age or job experience, but you might find it tough to save a considerable amount in just a few months of work to enable you to travel and enjoy lots of activities, etc. Depends upon the job you get. As an example when I was in Australia in 2010 I was lucky enough to get a good, well paid job, which I did for six months. In those six months I probably saved enough to travel for two to three months.

Hope this helps

5. Posted by ShellbyFay (Budding Member 41 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi Steve,

thanks for the heads up!
From your advice I've started looking for a job in advance just to see what's about, obviously wont be any good applying and looking more seriously until closer to the time - but no harm in trying!

I'll look at getting a job pretty much as soon as I get there, just to keep the monies coming in. I don't want to be on a plane back home within 2 months! :o

I'm 20 and currently a hotel manager, but with plenty of bar and waitress experience. I'm pretty flexible on what I'd be happy to do, however I did see on the "Seek" website recommended to me on a different thread that travel and tourism jobs (i.e. reception) aren't the best paid. But it's not like I'm buying a house and have a family to feed, so hopefully I'll cope! :)