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|
|Shopping/Misc||$10||Sweet kiwi knit cap|
|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|
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.
- 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.