Budget-Friendly Tips for an Affordable Trip to New Zealand

February 18, 2023
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Traveling is one of the greatest joys in the world. You get to experience new cities, cultures, and cuisines and broaden your mind. There is nothing quite like the feeling of buying a plane ticket and going on an exciting adventure. And one of the places that are worth visiting is New Zealand. The only issue is that traveling can be expensive, especially to a country as far away as New Zealand. However, that doesn’t mean you should give up on your dream of traveling to this gorgeous country. There is a way to make it a reality. You just need to put a little effort in and do some simple research. We will help you and share some budget-friendly tips for an affordable trip to New Zealand.

Tips for an affordable trip to New Zealand

Here are a few simple, budget-friendly tips for an affordable trip to New Zealand:

  • Book the tickets at the right time
  • Avoid expensive hotels
  • Prepare everything at home
  • Go in a group
  • Get cheap public transport
  • Skip dining out
A plane in the air

If you want to have an affordable trip to New Zealand, it’s better to book your plane tickets on weekdays

Carefully book your plane ticket

Let’s start with the first pricey issue—plane tickets. Buying plane tickets to New Zealand can be expensive if you don’t know some helpful tricks. The price of the plane tickets depends on a couple of things. First, the day you are booking your flight. If you want a lower price, it’s best to avoid buying weekend tickets because that’s when they are the most expensive. Weekday tickets are a lot more affordable, and airports are not that crowded during those days. But it’s not just the day of the flight that’s important. It’s also the hours. Tickets are cheaper for hours such as 5 am or midnight. Also, don’t book on the first airline you see. Spend some time browsing through other companies and trying and find the best deal. While flying at these hours can be a little uncomfortable, it’s all worth it because you will eventually get to New Zealand and save money.

Avoid hotels

You next need to find accommodation in New Zealand that won’t destroy your budget. In this case, it’s best to avoid hotels. They can be expensive, and even those cheaper ones can still be expensive. You should turn your attention to Airbnb or other similar programs.  This way, you will have so much more options. You can find an Airbnb that will fulfill your needs and be affordable because you won’t have to pay extra to book a hotel room. Also, one of the good sides of using Airbnb or other similar programs is that you will be much closer to the local way of living, and you will be able to learn much more about New Zealand that way.

Prepare everything before you leave

Whenever you travel, you don’t only worry about the money you will spend during the trip. You also have to spend some money to ensure everything will be all right at home while you are away. For example, you have pets but can’t bring them on a trip. Naturally, you’ll have to find a solution like a dog care center which can be pricey. But if you plan everything on time, you can find a cheaper solution. Ask a friend to help you and take care of your dog. Just ask them on time so they can their schedule to help you. Don’t ask them last minute. Also, you will need to ensure all your valuables are safe while away. Renting storage while traveling is a great idea, especially since choosing a storage unit online is practical. But you must know what to look for when choosing your storage unit. Focus on finding a storage unit that has cameras and alarms, so you know your items will be safe. The key is browsing until you find the best deal online. A storage unit saves you a lot of money in the long run.


 A group of friends looking at a tablet

Traveling in groups is always cheaper

Don’t go alone

Traveling is always cheaper if you are going in a group. You can share the costs of accommodation, food, etc. Try and schedule your trip to New Zealand for when your friends can join you. If they can’t travel immediately, it is better to move the trip to another date when they are available. Because when you travel alone, you usually spend more money. Also, when you travel as a group, you are more likely to get discount rates at travel companies and accommodation services.

Get a bus pass

If you are planning to stay in New Zealand for a longer time, like a couple of weeks, you will have to figure out cheap transport through the city. Taxis are way too expensive, so it is better to purchase a bus pass. It’s cheaper and more practical. New Zealand has excellent options like Flexipass, where you can find a lot of information online.

Man cooking

For a more extended stay In New Zealand, it’s much more affordable to cook for yourself instead of dining out

Avoid restaurants

A more extended stay in New Zealand doesn’t require you to just find a cheap way of transport. Eating will also have to be dealt with. It is better to cook yourself for more extended stays than to dine out, as it can be costly. It is also an excellent opportunity to learn n to cook local dishes. And if you are not a great cook, you can find some effortless recipes online and tutorials on making them.

In conclusion

You can have a fun, affordable trip to New Zealand if you follow these budget-friendly tips we suggested. It’s all about planning and being prepared. But not just for the time you will spend in New Zealand. Make sure everything will be all right at home while you are away. Ask friends for help and find an excellent safe, affordable storage unit. If you can travel in a group, book plane tickets for weekdays instead of weekends. Now off to New Zealand!!!

Chillwall AI are creators of a superhuman concierge helping visitors to discover new travel experiences without searching.

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