New Zealand

Our original itinerary was to spend a couple of weeks in Auckland and the North Island, then fly to Fiji for Christmas and New Year’s with the aim to come back for a further 2 weeks before heading on. However, as per usual our plans had to be amended, this time because of Cyclone Evans which hit Fiji just days before we were due to fly out.

As such, we ended up staying 60 days in New Zealand. During that time we did two campervan rental, one for 6 days as a trial and then one for 33 days in which time we toured both the North and South Island.

Places of interest we visited:

Accommodations we stayed in:

During our time in Auckland we ended up staying in the same place, City Travellers, and for the most part stayed in a studio apartment. However the last few days we were back after our campervan rental we had to stay in their dorms accommodation as they did not availability for the studios.

The rest of our accommodation was in the campervan at either basic campsites or DOC sites, throughout New Zealand. For more on this see our Tips for travelling in a campervan in New Zealand post.

The ratings below are 1 – 5, with 1 being awful and 5 being fantastic:

Town Place Nights Cleanliness Location Value
Auckland City Travellers Apart 19 4 5 4
City Travellers Dorm 4 2.5 5 3

Breakdown of our costs in New Zealand:

The total we spent in New Zealand came to £5,643 for both of us. This included accommodation (eg. camp site fees), food, transport (two campervan rentals for 6 and 33 days) and attractions. Under other, you will find costs usually not included in other countries we visited, eg. camping gas, internet, petrol. For a full breakdown of our costs see below:

Type of Expense Total (GBP) Daily Ave. (GBP)
Accommodation 862 14
Food (inc eating out) 1060 17
Transport 2096 34
Attractions 269 4
Other (petrol, camping gas, toiletries, internet, etc) 1356 22
Total 5,643 93

For photos of our time here see our New Zealand gallery page.


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