New Zealand Travel Costs & Money Saving Tips

It’s one of the main things that often puts people off about travelling to New Zealand, and something I always get asked about. Yes, I’m talking the cost of travel in New Zealand. Here are a few money saving tips I’ve gathered from my trips over there, all with varying budgets, which have given me quite the insight into what the real New Zealand travel costs are!  Continue reading “New Zealand Travel Costs & Money Saving Tips”

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Day Hike

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Heralded as one of the top walks in the world, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing attracts all sorts of visitors from keen hikers to Lord of the Rings fanatics alike. My love of the Tolkein universe and the outstanding New Zealand landscape meant that this was one adventure I just had to complete. Here’s how I found my day hike, from the (literal) ups and downs, stunning views, and “throwing” the One Ring into Mount Doom!  Continue reading “Tongariro Alpine Crossing Day Hike”

New Zealand Road Trip – Christchurch to Auckland

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How do you drive the length of a country (or near enough) in just over two weeks? Here’s how we managed to road trip New Zealand from Christchurch to Auckland and hit all the best spots along the way!  Continue reading “New Zealand Road Trip – Christchurch to Auckland”

New Zealand – A Week in Queenstown

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With incredible views, scenic walks, and any kind of activity your heart could desire, is a week long enough to enjoy all that Queenstown has to offer? Here’s what I filled my time with on my second visit, and a few ideas to enjoy what Queenstown has to offer!  Continue reading “New Zealand – A Week in Queenstown”

WWOOFing in New Zealand

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During an extended tour of New Zealand, I decided I wanted to spend some time WWOOFing. I chose to revisit Franz Josef after enjoying my time on the Kiwi Experience tour which took us along the West Coast of the South Island, and realised this tiny glacier town hadn’t seen the last of me. If you’re looking for where to WWOOF in New Zealand, check out what Franz Josef has to offer!  Continue reading “WWOOFing in New Zealand”

Ultimate Guide To Solo Travel in Christchurch and Canterbury

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What to do after you finish the Kiwi Experience? Here are few things to do in Christchurch and Canterbury around the city and further afield to soak up the South Island beauty in New Zealand! Continue reading “Ultimate Guide To Solo Travel in Christchurch and Canterbury”

Kiwi Experience – South Island: Otago & Canterbury

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Moving away from the West Coast on the Kiwi Experience bus and towards left us in Wanaka, and then in Queenstown. There’s a lot of hype about this destination, many of the people have heard such great things so it was hard to avoid high expectations. I have to say, it was a great place, the views and lakes are amazing, but you can tell it’s a bit of a tourism hotspot for extreme sports, partying and generally enjoying youthfulness. Having said that, I did very much enjoy my time there and could definitely stay again! Continue reading “Kiwi Experience – South Island: Otago & Canterbury”

Kiwi Experience – South Island West Coast

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Thinking about taking the Kiwi Experience bus tour? Here’s all you need to know about the stops and itinerary of the West Coast of the South Island in New Zealand from Abel Tasman to Wanaka.

It’s fair to say that the South Island is considerably more stunning than the north (sorry northerners!). It seems that the south is all about the outdoors, nature, and extreme sports while the north is more about history, culture and a more urban life. It’s all personal preference really, but I can see why it’s recommended to spend longer in the South Island.

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Kiwi Experience – North Island: Auckland to Wellington

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For many backpackers the favourite way to get around New Zealand is through the Kiwi Experience. I signed up for the Sheepdog Pass to take me from Auckland to Christchurch using the hop-on hop-off travel approach, and here you can find just how it went on the North Island leg of our trip. From the cosmopolitan Auckland down to the cultural Wellington plus some incredible spots in between, you can be sure that the North Island of New Zealand has incredible scenery and exhilarating activities to suit every backpacker!

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4 Days In Auckland On A Budget

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Kia Ora from Auckland!

As the most expensive and busiest city of New Zealand, it can be easy to burn your budget in a few short days. Here you can find the best activities to cover 4 days in Auckland from wandering the city and cultural areas, plus a few unique activities along the way – all for under $30! Continue reading “4 Days In Auckland On A Budget”