New Zealand on a Shoestring

Nov 30, -0001
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New Zealand is on the bucket list of many travellers due to its vast, breath-taking scenery, wildlife, friendly locals, and sense of adventure… For those who don’t want to miss out on the experience, here are some ‘quick tips’ on how to travel New Zealand on a shoestring.

Peak Season

Peak season runs January-Easter. Although this is Summer time, and generally warmer climates, this is when accommodation, transport and activity prices tend to be at premium rates due to demand.

If you can handle travelling outside of this period, you will find better deals, and your travel dollar will take you much further.



There a plenty of budget accommodation options throughout New Zealand and the standard is pretty high compared to many countries around the world.

If travelling solo, then hostels and backpacker accommodation are the way to go! To keep the cost down you can book a shared dormitory room, where many accommodations offer single sex rooms on request.

For those travelling in small groups or couples, it is worth checking prices of private rooms, as often it will be the same price as shared rooms if grouping together.

Camping grounds and holiday parks can also help to extend your dollar further. Like hostels, guests share kitchens, bathrooms and communal lounges which make it perfect for meeting like-minded travellers along the way. If camping is what you are into then sites vary from $20+ and if you would like to treat yourself, private cabins can be booked for $75+.

Look up accommodation options here