Category: New Zealand

49 nights on the North Island of NZ for around $8 per person/night!

My husband and I spent 49 nights on the North Island of New Zealand. We spent on average $8.29 US per person/night! It would have been cheaper if we didn’t pay for Airbnb accommodations in Auckland for 12 nights, but we needed that time to sell our car, camping stuff and plan for the next leg of our world travel adventure. We bought a non self-contained vehicle in Christchurch and made our way up to the North Island. There are many free campsites even if you have a non self-contained vehicle. We used CamperMate (http://www.campermate.co.nz/welcome/index) as a resource. We stayed at a lot of DOC (Department of Conservation) campsites (http://www.doc.govt.nz/campsites). Continue reading

44 nights on the South Island of NZ for around $5 per person/night!

Traveling does not need to be expensive! My husband and I spent 44 nights on the South Island of New Zealand. We spent on average $5.59 US per person/night! It would have been cheaper if we didn’t pay for private rooms in Christchurch. We spent 6 nights in Christchurch while we were finding a car to buy. We bought a non self-contained vehicle. There are many free campsites even if you have a non self-contained vehicle. We used CamperMate (http://www.campermate.co.nz/welcome/index) as a resource. We stayed at a lot of DOC (Department of Conservation) campsites (http://www.doc.govt.nz/campsites). Continue reading

New Zealand Roadtrip 2016 Video

My husband, Kyle and I drove around the North and South Islands of New Zealand during February, March and April of 2016.

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South Island: Lake Tekapo, Lake MacGregor, Lake Pukaki, Mt. Cook, Hooker Valley, Moeraki Boulders, Dunedin Railway Station, Otago Peninsula, Nugget Point, Florence Hill Lookout, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Wanaka, Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier, Lake Kaniere, Hokitika Gorge, Pancake Rocks, Kaikoura, Abel Tasman National Park, Wharariki Beach, Cape Farewell Continue reading

Guide to New Zealand/Kiwi Slang

My husband and I  chose New Zealand as our first world travel stop because English is spoken throughout New Zealand. We thought it would be a great way to transition into world travel. Even though English is the dominant language spoken by most New Zealanders, there are many words and phrases that are unfamiliar to Americans. Many words and phrases listed here are common to New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain. It may help to become familiar with some of these words/phrases before you visit New Zealand. For example, it would have been good for us to know that their tomato sauce is our ketchup. Our ketchup and noodles weren’t very good, haha! Continue reading

10 Steps to Buy a Car in New Zealand

We knew we wanted to buy a car in New Zealand because having your own vehicle is a great way to see many places. It was nice to not be committed to the schedules and routes of the bus. We also decided to buy a car so that we could go camping instead of staying in hostels. Buying a car is more cost-effective than renting a car if you’re planning on being in the country for a few months or more. We were in New Zealand for about 3 months.
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