From the famous cities of the North Island to the adventure hubs on the South Island, there’s a lot to see in New Zealand—which means travel costs can quickly add up. Whether you’re heading there in peak- or off-season, there are plenty of ways to save. Here are some New Zealand budget travel tips, from booking flights and accommodation through to getting around this spectacular country.
New Zealand Budget Travel Tips
Book early and out of peak season
The busy travel season in New Zealand runs from December through to February, so you’ll find plenty of cheap flights to NZ in the months before and after the New Zealand summer. Be sure to compare fares from different airlines and to book early for an even cheaper fare, especially if you’re travelling in peak season. Flights to Auckland and Wellington in particular can boom in prices around Christmas time, so try to avoid flying during this period if possible.
Keep up to date with airline sales
Sign up for newsletters from companies like Air New Zealand and Qantas so that you’re in the loop when any flash or 48 hour sales come up. Jetstar is one of Australia and New Zealand’s best low-cost carriers. Although it only flies between major city centres, Jetstar has frequent deals for anyone paying attention.
Look out for package deals
New Zealand is renowned as an adventure travel mecca, but it’s certainly not cheap if you’re planning on skiing, snowboarding, sky diving or water skiing. Keep an eye out for great Groupon deals to save on some of these pricier experiences. Taking advantage of package deals is a great way to cut costs before you even land in New Zealand.
Take advantage of New Zealand’s great duty free
New Zealand has some of the most generous duty free allowances in the world; make the most of this by stocking up on your way home. With allowances of up to 4.5L of wine, champagne or beer, and up to 3 bottles of spirits, New Zealand is offering visitors every reason to finish their holiday on a high note.
Consider renting a car
Seeing all of New Zealand in one trip can be a struggle, but with a rental car you can get from A to B without having to worry about overpriced tickets, missed connections, or buses not operating on Sundays. For these reasons, car hire is a great way to save time, tick more places off your travel list, and go exactly where you want to at your own pace.