NEW ZEALAND ROAD TRIP

Quick facts

Trip length: 

Time of year: 

Year of trip:

Budget:

7 weeks

Dec - Feb

2017

$4,946

Table of contents

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       - Wellington

       - Auckland

       - Rotorua

       - Taupo

       - Nelson

       - Franz Josef

       - Wanaka

       - Queenstown

       - Te Anau

       - Mt Cook

       - Christchurch

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Budget breakdown

 

Things to note:

  • Only thing really missing from the budget is petrol costs as I don't have my credit card statements from then

  • All the hostels have big kitchens so it's easy to self-cater to keep spending money down

  • The thing that can destroy your budget in New Zealand is the activities, so try and plan before you go which ones you want to do. You can change your mind but at least you'll have that lump of cash set aside for doing the big adventure activities.

  • Also it's worth noting that because I was there peak season, a lot of the hostels were selling out fast and pretty far in advance. 

Total Trip Costs ($US)

Flights from the UK:

Accommodation: 

 

Transport:

Activities:

Cash spent:

Total:

$1,428

$595

$741

$774

$1,408

$4,946

Itinerary Summary

 
 

Wellington

 

Duration of stay

I had 3 stops in Wellington on my circle of 8 trip around the 2 islands. 

Accommodation

Most of the time stayed with friends, but one night stayed at:

The Dwellington, dorm room: $29 NZ / $19 US per night

Activities

​Weta Workshop Tour: $28 NZ / $18.50 US

 

Auckland

Duration of stay

2 nights and 1 full day

Accommodation

Frienz Backpackers, dorm room: $28 NZ / $18.50 US

Activities

Waiheke Island: $49 NZ / $33 US

 

Rotorua

Duration of stay

1 night and 1 full day

Accommodation

Rock Solid Backpackers, dorm room: $30 NZ / $20 US

Activities

  • Blue Spring Putaruru

  • White Water Rafting: $85 NZ / $56 US

  • Kerosene Creek

 

Taupo

Duration of stay

2 nights and 1 full day

Accommodation

Taupo Urban Retreat, dorm room: $30 NZ / $22 US

Activities:

Tongariro Crossing

 

Nelson

Duration of stay

3 nights and 2 full days

Accommodation

Paradiso Backpackers, dorm room: $32 NZ / $21 US

Activities:

​Abel Tasman National Park

Franz Josef

 

Duration of stay

2 nights and 1.5 days

Accommodation

Franz Josef Montrose, dorm room: $31 NZ / $20.50 US

Activities

  • Scenic Helicopter Ride

  • Sky Dive: $299 NZ / $197 US

  • Hot Pools: $30 NZ / $20 US

 

Wanaka

Duration of stay

3 nights and 2 full days

Accommodation

Wanaka Backpackers Bothy, dorm room: $31 NZ / $20.50 US

Activities

​Roy's Peak

Queenstown

 

Duration of stay

8 nights and 7 full days

Accommodation

Activities

  • ​Luge: $61 NZ / $30 US

  • Shotover Jet Boat: $119 NZ / $79

  • Shotover Canyon Swing: $149 NZ / $99 US

  • Shotover The Fox: $174 NZ / $116 US

Te Anau

 

Duration of stay

1 night and 1 full day

Accommodation

Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers - BBH, dorm room: $33 NZ / $22 US per night

Activities

Doubtful Sound trip: $235 NZ / $155 US

Mt Cook

 

Duration of stay

3 nights and 2 full days

Accommodation

  • Mt Cook Lodge, Aoraki Village, dorm room: $39 NZ / $26 US per night

  • High Country Lodge & Backpackers, Twizel, dorm room: $39 NZ / $26 US per night

Christchurch

 

Duration of stay

2 nights and 1 full day

Accommodation

Kiwi Basecamp, dorm room: $31 NZ / $20.50 US per night

Activities

Christchurch Gondola: $30 NZ / $20 US

Accommodation

 

Wellington:

The Dwellington

8 Halswell Street

Thorndon

Wellington

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Auckland:

Frienz.com Backpackers Accommodation

27-31 Victoria Street East, Auckland,

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Rotorua:

Rock Solid Backpackers

1140 Hinemoa street

Downtown Rotorua

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Taupo:

Taupo Urban Retreat

65 Heu Heu Street

Taupo

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Nelson:

Paradiso Backpackers

42 Weka Street

Nelson

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Greymouth:

Noah's Ark Backpackers

16 Chapel Street

Greymouth

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Franz Josef:

Franz Josef Montrose

9 Cron Street

Franz Josef

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Wanaka:

Wanaka Backpackers Bothy

21 Russell St

Wanaka

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Queenstown:

Base Queenstown

49 Shotover Street

PO Box 1658

Queenstown

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Queenstown:

De Lavender Lake View House 

36 Perkins road,

9300 Queenstown,

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Queenstown:

Southern Laughter Backpackers

4 Isle St

Queenstown

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Te Anau:

Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers

48-50 Lakefront Drive

Te Anau

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Aorkai Mt Cook Village:

Mt Cook Lodge and Motel

Private Bag,

7999 Mount Cook Village

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Twizel:

High Country Lodge, Motels & Backpackers

23 Mackenzie Drive

7901 Twizel

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Christchurch:

Kiwi Basecamp

69 Bealey Ave

Christchurch

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Travel

 

Activities

 

North Island:

South Island:

If you're looking to book some day trips in New Zealand, here are some other ideas:

 

Do this trip as a tour

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