Travel Like a Local in New Zealand

Many of us regard a trip to New Zealand as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Have you finally chosen to start on the lengthy and arduous trek to your desired vacation destination?

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Apart from narrowing down your ideal New Zealand itinerary, the second most challenging aspect of planning can be determining the best route across the country.

New Zealand is a small country (the only minor challenge is transferring from the North Island to the South Island via boat). Getting around is easy due to usually adequate roads and many public transportation alternatives or simply finding a cafe in Queenstown. While New Zealand is not a cheap country, we believe you can locate the most cost-effective mode of transportation.

Early days as a backpacker – skydiving in New Zealand in 2007.

Emergencies and General Safety

New Zealand is exceptionally safe in comparison to a large number of other countries. The fundamental rules, though, remain the same:

  • Always lock your belongings.
  • Avoid traveling alone at night.
  • Understand which locations are better left undiscovered if possible.

Dial 111 in an emergency to contact ambulance, fire, or police services. When you dial that number, you will be required to select the type of service you need before speaking with a dispatch operator; you may choose multiple alternatives if necessary.

It is vital to plan for the seasons.

Summer is an ideal time to visit coastal areas and greenery. Winter is a good time to go and see the country’s top skiing areas (Mount Ruapehu in the north, Mount Cook/Aoraki in the south) and mind-blowing glaciers. Autumn is defined by a stunning display of vibrant leaves and a pleasant climate.

We strongly advise against traveling during the spring months, as they are the windiest and unstable. If you’re traveling during the cooler months, invest in a durable, windproof jacket, as freezing gusts can rip right through you.

On a working holiday visa

Working holiday visas are available in New Zealand for those under 30 due to special agreements with several countries. If you meet these things, you will be assisted in transferring temporarily to the country. The most in-demand (and competitive) industry is typically hospitality, but fruit-picking labor may also be available depending on the season. Working-holiday travelers also enjoy seasonal farm work.

Take advantage of available events and activities while in the country, as you will stay for a lengthy time.

Bear in mind that planning is critical.

Analyze the New Zealand dollar’s performance for your home currency. Even if your offer is the strongest, charges will almost certainly be significantly higher than you are used to – that is the penalty of isolation from the rest of the world. Whether purchasing a souvenir or selecting a restaurant, you must keep your budget in mind.


If you like to save some money on food, you should choose your restaurants carefully and, if possible, prepare your meals.

Take public transportation.

Public transportation might be your best option if you’re on a shoestring budget. Buses connect places often, so there is no need to fear being stuck someplace for an extended period. When you book in advance, you can benefit from discounted rates.

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