Is it worth traveling to New Zealand – to a country that’s called one of the most expensive in the world? The answer is: hell, yes! But how much money did we burn? And how can you save when on the trip?
How have the expenses been divided?
As a true economist and excel-guru should, all of the country-specific expenses on the trip around the world are listed to the penny. The expenses are divided into eight categories and the division follows these principles:
- Accommodation (excluding the camper van)
- Food (grocery shopping, snacks, restaurant and coffee shop visits, and alcoholic drinks)
- Transportation (public and private transportation, excluding flights)
- Shopping (souvenirs, clothes shopping, and small items)
- Services (doctor visits, medicine, spa, massage)
- Sports (golf, horseback riding, gym)
- Sights (entrance fees)
- Internet (mobile broadband and fee-based hotel Internet)
1. . Accommodation
Our total time in New Zealand was 21 days, out of which we spent the majority on a small budget in a camper van. This reduced the accommodation costs significantly, because hotels for five people were really expensive. In New Zealand we spent two nights in a suburb of Christchurch upon entering from Australia, and 4 nights in Auckland, from where we left for Chile.
During our trip, we visited 13 cities: Christchurch, Kaikoura, Renwick, Nelson, Picton, Wellington, Martinborough, Napier, Lake Taupo, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves, Clarks Beach, Auckland.
Six nights we parked at a camping area that had a fee. There we emptied the greywater tanks and filled with clean water. We also got access to a real shower and a chance to recharge the car batteries.
In New Zealand we cooked almost all of the food ourselves, either in an apartment home or in the camper van. The restaurant prices were so high that we probably ate out less than a couple of times. Food expenses are therefore mainly from grocery shopping.
The camper van was by far one of the biggest, but also one of the most justified costs in New Zealand. It entailed both partly the accommodation costs as well as enabled cooking, and of course all the amazing sights and experiences along the way.
We were happy that we invested in it a little more.
We wrote a separate post about traveling in a camper van, which by the way is one of our most read posts. In it, you’ll find everything you need to know. Campervan in New Zealand. Guide to success!.
The entire transportation budget wasn’t used on the camper van, but was divided as follows:
Most of the sights in New Zealand, such as the beautiful nature and scenery, were free for people traveling with a camper van. Some must-see sights we did, however, want to explore.
Sports entailed a wonderful round of golf and renting the golf clubs and a golf cart at the Cape Kidnappers course. Timo played and the rest of us admired the beautiful ocean scenery, the cliffs, and the animals.
We couldn’t bring ourselves spend money on services, and there wasn’t really even a need for it. Some camping-areas’ rents included the use of a hot pool, in which it was fun to hang out.