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Travel budget/costs for New Zealand!?

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1. Posted by LaceyLoo (Budding Member 9 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hey fellow travellers!

I'm planning to go to New Zealand on a working holiday visa around May/June time this year for 23 months.

I've researched quite a lot about the living conditions however, I am now trying to figure out all the expenses and budgeting etc...

I would just like to know any tips or advice from your guys' experience on how much I should allow myself for one day or one week, etc.

Where's the cheapest place I could get my insurance?

What are the essential things I actually need to budget for on top of all my adventure activities I will be doing whilst over there!?

Thanks so much in advance I really appreciate your help!


2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 859 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

NZ's not cheap! A pint (450mL) of beer in a pub is at least NZD8.50 and eating out is similarly priced too. You're unlikely to get a dorm bed anywhere in NZ for less than NZD20 (see and Naked Bus ( might be the cheapest way to travel about the country unless you hitch-hike which is not always safe here.

The up-side is that, having met loads of travellers touring South America and Asia recently, nearly everyone who had been to NZ said it was their favourite country.


3. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 873 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

On average I spent about $140 a week on grocery's. But I wasn't really budgeting. If you cut meat out a couple of times a week, you can probably do it for less.

I think you'd have a better idea of what is essential to you. The only thing I can think is good clothing for bad weather can be pretty expensive. But a trip to the thrift store can have you fitted out well enough, if not a bit color uncoordinated.