NEW ZEALAND ON A BUDGET
The Best Time to Visit New Zealand
New Zealand is one of those countries that is amazing all year round, but different seasons offer different experiences—and price tags! The most expensive time to visit New Zealand is in summer which runs from the beginning of December to the end of February. This is the busiest time of year for tourists and as such, prices for attractions, car and campervan rentals, and hostels are inflated.
Winter is also a busy time to visit New Zealand simply for skiing and snowboarding. In all honesty, winter makes going on a budget road trip a little tricky with below zero temperatures, road closures, limited campsites, as well as limited free activities such as hikes. To save some money, consider visiting New Zealand in the shoulder seasons instead.
October and November are spring and although it isn’t as warm as the summer months, there won’t be snow on the ground making hiking and road-tripping easy! The autumn months of March and April are also a great alternative to the busy summer months. Plus, the beautiful autumn trees are something really special!
Free Things to Do
Traveling New Zealand is all about enjoying nature, and as such, lots of the best things to do in New Zealand are 100% free! Here are some of the top free activities you can check out:
Hiking: Hiking is very popular in New Zealand and there are countless hikes visitors can tackle. Some of my personal favorite day hikes include Tongariro Crossing, Cathedral Cove, Roy’s Peak, Ben Lomond, Lake Marian, and the Pinnacles.
Waipu Glow Worm Caves: Most glow worm caves in New Zealand are expensive to visit, except for the Waipu Caves that are completely free! These caves are located about a 3-hour drive north of Auckland and it is also a designated freedom camping site!
Self-Driven Lord of the Rings Tour: One of the absolute best free things to do in Queenstown is to go on a self-driven Lord of the Rings tour. Sure, you can pay $100 to go on a guided tour, but why not save the money and go yourself?
In and around Queenstown there are several Lord of the Rings film locations that you can visit on your own. New Zealand’s DOC website has all of the spots marked out for you including descriptions and GPS coordinates so you can plan your “tour.”
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