One month budget
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Jul 31, 2013 2:05 AM Last Post By: neverwinter
Jul 25, 2013 3:48 PM
One month budgetCan anyone give me an indication as to how much a one month trip to New Zealand would cost exc international flights? I will be travelling solo and would want to stay in guesthouses or private hostel rooms with shared bathrooms (no dorms). My main interests are: scenery, trekking, kayaking, culture, history. Would be nice to spend a few days by the sea but not a must. I suppose that renting a car by myself would be too costly so I will rely on buses/coaches/trains. I intend to go from mid-November to mid-December.
Jul 25, 2013 8:38 PM
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Jul 26, 2013 12:17 AM
Jul 26, 2013 2:46 AM
Jul 26, 2013 6:15 PM
5Renting a car isn't actually that much more expensive, and when you consider the added value of being able to do twice as much since you aren't tied to bus schedules/routes, it's well worth it in my book, provided you book far enough in advance to get a good deal.
I'd say most single rooms average in the $50-60 range.
I averaged $136/day with a rental car, staying in dorms (usually around $25), and mostly self-catering. Removing some big ticket items like skydiving and bungy, the average comes down to $112/day. This was 3 years ago over the span of 47 days in June/July.
Jul 27, 2013 4:30 PM
6If it was me and I was on a budget i'de reckon about this much:
We camped for four months a few years ago, camp fees were about $20 per day and we had our own car but we both ate and drank well for $700 per week between us. This included alcohol and a cafe meal every few days.
Jul 30, 2013 4:22 PM
7@neverwinter - BBH's prices are lower than what you mentioned. TCH7 gave a more realistic estimate. Is the BBH card free to acquire?
@TCH7 / mince_hilaire - your daily estimates are very close once you factor in the fact that one of you stayed in dorms and the other in private rooms.
I could probably increase my budget to match mince_hilaire's estimates however I'm still a bit concerned that I may get bored spending long hours in the car by myself. What is the average amount of time spent behind the wheel per day? Is it worth considering renting a car for just half the trip and doing the rest by public transport perhaps?
Jul 30, 2013 5:43 PM
8BBH card is not free.
Personally, I'd find a bus ride more boring than driving, but then I like driving and I'm not a socializer. How much time you spend behind the wheel is up to you. With a month you're not going to be really rushed and distances are short, so you'd probably only average a couple hours per day.
Mixing up your transportation is fine if you want. The North Island is better for using public transportation. The only caveat is that you'll usually get better rates the longer your rental is.
Jul 30, 2013 11:00 PM
9On driving days i reckon we would spend an average of 3 but its a bit skewed as there were plenty of 5 and 1-2 hour drives. With a car you can stop off anywhere you like, on a bus you're probably limited to bus stops in town. Plus you'll probably be sharing the bus with a load of crusty backpackers. I did 3 weeks on my own in a car round the south island years ago and met loads of people on in hostels and campgrounds and would sometimes share a car for a day or two and split the petrol. I probably enjoyed being on my own more though.
Jul 31, 2013 12:11 AM
Jul 31, 2013 2:05 AM
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