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How Much Money Should I Take on Holiday to New Zealand?

How Much Money Should I Take on Holiday to New Zealand?

With its rather isolated location, New Zealand is often a once-in-a lifetime-destination. Whether you’re looking for a slow-paced or action-packed trip, your holiday to this fascinating island country will be nothing short of epic! But first, we should address a very important question: How much money should I take on holiday to New Zealand?

While some of you may falsely assume it’s an expensive country, you’d probably spend more money visiting any of the northern European countries.

On an average, one person usually spends about £90 per day without having to hold back from anything. A single person can easily make due with about £700 per week if they travel wisely. Of course, you could easily live on less than £50 if you limit some of the most common expenses while traveling such as the type of accommodation or the places you purchase your food.

Holiday ClassEstimated Amount Needed Per Day (Per Person)
Budget£90 Per Day
Mid-range£200 Per Day
High-end£450 Per Day
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Now let’s discuss your expenses in more detail so you can create a budget that best fits your needs and won’t leave you high and dry.


If you don’t mind sharing a room with a few (or even over a dozen, to be fair) other people, you can book a bed in a dorm in major cities such as Auckland and Queensland for as low as £9.

For those that enjoy their privacy or travel with another person, there are plenty of top-rated hostels or inns offering double or twin rooms for about £35 per night. As for traveling families, a cheap quadruple room costs about £40 per night, while fancier options will have you shell out about £100 per night.

Regardless of where you choose to travel within the country, you will have no problems finding a place to stay to your liking. There are so many options to choose from: hostels, hotels, cottages, lodges, inns, motels, apartments, B&Bs, camping sites. Book in advance to get the best rates!


The food prices at restaurants vary, but you can expect to pay somewhere around £5 for breakfast (ask your hostel or hostel how much they charge), £9 for a basic lunchtime menu, and about £15 for dinner. There are the prices practiced by mid-range restaurants, but you’ll be able to find more affordable options including street vendors selling cheap but delicious meals.


Most of the cities’ downtown area is compact and walkable, but you may still want to see more of what each city has to offer, so you’ll need to buy a few public transport tickets. In Auckland, for example, fares start at £0.5 per segment while for the ferries you will pay from £3 to get to the city’s other shores or its islands.

Public transport in other cities such as Christchurch, Wellington, and Dunedin is a bit more expensive, and you will pay almost £1 for a bus ticket. Nonetheless, relying solely on your feet during these trips in the city is highly doable.

Trains are the best way to travel between New Zealand’s main cities. They also take you past superb scenery that can’t be always be seen by road, so it’s a great way to see most of the country without actually stopping everywhere. But traveling from Auckland to Wellington by train, for example, costs from £90 per person, so best save up!


You can easily spend a small fortune on activities here. There are so many things to do in New Zealand, and most of them involve moving from city to city or region to region quite a lot. If you’re into adrenaline-pumping activities like rafting, caving, skydiving, bungee-jumping, and zip-lining, then we suggest you save up.

To give you an idea of how much money you should bring for these activities, you should know that a 15,000ft Tandem Skydive costs about £250, bungee jumps are about £100, and zip rides are about £25. These prices are for one person only.

Cruising is also a popular activity in New Zealand and it’s the perfect way to explore the country’s over 15,000 kilometers of coastline. Shore excursions start from about £50 per person and can reach up to £630 per person.

Wrapping Up

New Zealand can be an affordable destination if you adopt the right attitude when it comes to your daily expenses. Most travellers visiting the country choose to spend at least two weeks here, and that’s just scratching the surface. If you really want to make the most of your trip, consider taking more time off from work and actually enjoying New Zealand at a slow pace. Although you could probably make due with £700 per week per person, consider increasing that amount to about £900 per week per person for any unexpected expenses.

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