New Zealand Travel Budget Breakdown
We departed Vanuatu on September 19, landed in New Zealand later that day, and stayed until October 25. For the purpose of budgeting we are including any costs from September 19 onward, including the flight to New Zealand. The expenses outlined below are for 2 people and are in United States dollars (USD).
September 19 – October 25
Total Number of Days
Average Daily Cost
**Above the overall trip daily average that we are aiming for, but lower than we anticipated for New Zealand considering that it is one of the more expensive countries we plan to visit.
Transportation (airlines, ferry, car rental, fuel, parking, etc.)
We were fortunate in locating an excellent deal on a rental car, which we used for almost all of our time in New Zealand. Click here for our related blog post.
Our fuel costs were almost one-third of our transportation costs ($486.48); We drove around 4,500 km (2,800 miles).
The majority of our time was at AirBnBs, although we stayed with friends in Auckland and Christchurch (thanks guys!) which saved us accommodation cost.
Food (groceries, restaurants, coffees, wine, etc.)
While in Australia we didn’t eat out very much. Here in New Zealand, we did eat out at lunch more frequently.
- Our overnight experience in Doubtful Sound was the majority of this expense at $608.81. However, this cost also included a kayaking excursion, accommodation for the night, and two meals.
Bathroom supplies, canvas for painting with Vjekoslav Nemesh, etc.
Mobile (SIM card)
A Spark SIM card for each of our mobile phones.
What does this not include?
While these are costs associated with our travels, they are not country-specific, which is why they are not included in this expense report.
To help keep track of our budget and expenses, we have been using an app called Trail Wallet, which is what allowed us to easily track and report category-specific expenses. Click here for a separate post about Trail Wallet.