Week 8 Costs

Week 8 started in Wellington and continued with me heading down the west coast of the south island.

Week 8, 3/18 – 3/24 South Island, West Coast
Transportation $262 Busses, ferry
Dining $128
Groceries $30
Entertainment $150  Glacier hike
Lodging $152
Shopping/Misc $10 Sweet kiwi knit cap
Airfare $0
Week 1 Total $671
Week 2 Total $90
Week 3 Total $855
Week 4 Total $310
Week 5 Total $0
Week 6 Total $1901
Week 7 Total $840
Week 8 Total $732
Airfare $1943 SLC -> LAX -> SYD
Trip Total $7342

Well we’re now quite a bit beyond what I budgeted for the trip but I did extend it by a month so I guess that’s to be expected.

Patterns are starting to form. A night’s hostel stay is typically around $28. Excursions, such as caving or bungee jumping range from $150 to $300. A good mountain bike rental is going to be about $80.

The best ways to save money, from my experience and observation:

  • Prepare your own meals
    • You’ll be hard-pressed to find dinner in NZ for less than $25. McDonald’s will run you about $12. Dominoes pizza is a great deal at $5.
  • Hitchhike or ride-share
    • Very common in the south island of NZ. I haven’t done it for any real distance so my busses are running about $60 for a six-hour trip.
  • Camping
    • Some hostels offer space to set up your own tent, which could save a bit of cash.
  • Work exchange
    • A great way to save money and meet locals through services such as HelpX, WWOOFing, and WorkAway. Some hostels offer free accomodation in exchange for a few hours per day of cleaning.

After spending time here, I think the best way to experience New Zealand would be in a rented or purchased camper van. The drives in the south island are beautiful, you can travel at your own pace, and you save on lodging. I don’t know how economical it is, but I think it’d be a nice way to travel.

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2 thoughts on “Week 8 Costs

  1. klheavrin says:

    I’m sure if you worked at it, you could pare the transportation costs. But you’d likely have to be extremely flexible regarding schedule and comfort. I love the travel trailer idea!

  2. Judy says:

    We just returned from Florida…couldn’t wait to catch up with your adventures! It sounds as if you are having “a most excellent adventure”. We think of you often.

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