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The Cost Of Travel Around NZ

19 April '16

We found this information for you and prices here are mostly accurate and valid for travelling this year (2017). Most sites we searched have outdated information. Food costs are growing every year as well as accommodation rental. You will get an idea of your average spending on your holiday or trip around the country while you study here. Enjoy your trip, and if you fall in love in our country, please feel free to call for free no obligation advice how you can stay in New Zealand legally from our Licensed Immigration Adviser or Job Placement Consultant!

New Zealand Dollar – money, cost and prices/NZ dollar is falling now, you will get more for your currency. (JP Consultants comments September, 2014)

Depending on where you come from even New Zealand luxury can seem affordable, especially if you stay away from the major tourist centres. If you plan to visit New Zealand and the exchange rate is good then think about changing early for your holidays. Exchanging money may be more favourable at your home bank where you hold an account than over the counter in New Zealand banks.


You can recognise a bad rate when there is in Auckland, a big difference between the buying and selling price, this difference between ‘bid’ and ‘ask’ prices is called ‘spread’, the trading profit of the bank.

Saving Money Tips:

If you want to limit your spending while you travel, consider the following cost-saving options:

  • Take or share a double room in backpacker’s or a cabin at campsites.
  • Buy a tent for those good weather days in scenic locations, often the experience to be so close to nature outweighs the lack of comfort and turns out to be unforgettable.
  • Cook as often as you can, this is possible in self-contained accommodation, backpacker’s or at campsites.
  • Eat in cafes and takeaways rather than restaurants, buy snacks from supermarkets.
  • Choose places with a good breakfast included and skip a big lunch.
  • Buy items on special at the cheaper chain stores (like Pak n Save, The Warehouse or Bunnings).
  • Always ask for discounts when you buy something expensive or stay longer in one place.
  • Concentrate on the amazing range of free attractions New Zealand has to offer instead of organised ones.
  • Refill your water bottles with tap water.
  • When you dine out drink beer or soft drinks instead of wine or look for Bring Your Own (BYO) restaurants.
  • Good insurance will cover you against unexpected losses.

 These activities can be expensive:            Budget options are:
•Adventure and adrenaline activities  • Boogie boarding(catching waves in the Tasman sea or the Ocean on the board) and bush walking.
• Luxury accommodation • Camping at DOC sites.
• Dining out every day • Fish n’ chips or other takeaways.
• Night life • Eating ice cream at the dairy.
• Drinking good New Zealand wine • Tipping – you CV don’t have to  😉.
• Shopping only New Zealand made • Shopping at the $2 shop.


Please see more info in tourist website: http://www.tourleader.co.nz/

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