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How Much Money to Travel in New Zealand?

I am interested in traveling to New Zealand, how much money do I need per day? per week? per month? This is a collection of the cost records of travelers who have visited New Zealand. Please submit below in a comment how much money it cost you to travel in New Zealand. Share with other [...]

I am interested in traveling to New Zealand, how much money do I need per day? per week? per month?

This is a collection of the cost records of travelers who have visited New Zealand. Please submit below in a comment how much money it cost you to travel in New Zealand. Share with other travelers what you bought and how much you paid for it.

Currency in New Zealand

New Zealand’s unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). Coins have values of 10, 20 and 50 cents, $1 and $2; notes have values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.

NZ currency has gained value in recent years, making it a more expensive destination. Food, in particular, is a very expensive commodity is NZ. Go to XE for a currency converter.

Banks

Banks are open from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Keep in mind that it’s cheaper to convert money while in NZ than when at home.
ATMs are widely available at banks, along main shopping streets and in malls. International credit cards and ATM cards will work as long as they have a four-digit PIN encoded.

Taxes

A 15% ‘Goods and Services Tax’ is included in prices you see.

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Ani St. Amand is truly a modern day hobo, hopping freight trains, stealing rides on passenger trains, and hitchhiking all over this earth. Originally from the state of Maine in the USA, Ani continues to travel “with one eye on the platform.” has written 15 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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  • hanna October 29, 2018, 1:19 pm

    I’m a 51 yo Australian woman who travelled for just short of a month in New Zealand riding the east coast of the North Island on a bicycle. Including the airfare, two budget hotel rooms, food and insurance (cheap and minimal) I spent about one Australian dollar per kilometre riding 1400 kms. That worked out at about $55 per day, and i doubt I could have done it cheaper than that without starving to death or finding myself sleeping rough under bridges. NZ is not friendly towards free campers with good reason, and I was respectful of Maori custodianship of the landscape. I camped in a tent mostly and in a couple of places where that wasnt possible or it was raining too hard to be comfortable I holed up in a hostel or hotel sharing a room with another traveller to cut costs. That was a sociable break from the long distance solitude too. I ate as much as possible from where ever I could get it for free – weeds for greens ( you have to know what is edible to do this), wild fruit off trees frowing by the side of the road, gifts from strangers who wanted to help, hostel share boxes or eating with others and contributing what I could. I only ate a restarant meal once. Plenty of times I had to be hungry until I could get food, especially in remote areas where it could be days before I found a supermarket to stock up supplies. I have particular dietar needs due to allergies so finding constant, adequate quantities of the right food was a quite a challenge. Compare this adventure with one I had taken my two children on for two weeks around the South Island a few years previously, that cost around $4500 total, inclusive of a hire van for the two weeks and one luxury night at a hotel to give ourselves a treat. That worked out at around $100 per day per person. The hire van was the expensive part of that because I was diddled $900 by an unscrupulous hire company who charged me for extra insurance because I didnt have a credit card!!! We bought all our food at the outset for $300 and only had to stock up on fresh vegies. We brought a lot of teabags home rather than waste the ones we didnt use. We saw everything we wanted to see and did everything we could afford and had a lovely trip despite the tight budget.
    hanna

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