Aussies are lucky to have such an enticing, tourist-friendly neighbour in New Zealand. With their luxury ski resorts, volcanic landscapes and pristine fjords, the Kiwis lay claim to some of the most stunning attractions in the Southern Hemisphere. If you’re planning a sojourn to the land of the long white cloud, we can make sure your finances don’t get beached as, bro.
Since New Zealand is just a stone’s throw from Australia, jetting across the Tasman Sea won’t send you broke. A few hundred dollars should be all you’ll need to fly there and back… unless you’re a hot mess and wait until the last minute to book tickets.
When purchased well in advance, flights to New Zealand are often cheaper than domestic flights within Australia. That’s a pretty choice deal, no?
Travel costs can vary depending on your preferred mode of transport. Whether you’re planning a budget New Zealand holiday or a 5-star experience, there are options to suit every visitor when it comes to getting around.
Aussies and Kiwis have long upheld a (mostly) friendly rivalry – but when it comes to winter sports, Australia just can’t compete with New Zealand’s powder-soft ski fields. Peak snow season runs from mid-July to the end of August, although snow can start falling as early as April (cheap holidays to New Zealand are best planned outside of peak snow season).
Of course, you could just soak up the serenity by taking a stroll through the wilderness – many of New Zealand’s national parks offer free entry.
Sorry, but you can’t actually shack up in Bilbo Baggins’ house. Don’t worry though – there are plenty of other charming places to stay in New Zealand.
Asides from sheep, New Zealand is also brimming with cheap accommodation. Staying right on the edge of a ski field can be quite expensive (think upwards of several hundred dollars a day), but that’s not your only option. To save on accommodation costs, you could base yourself in the nearest town and catch a bus up to the slopes. Most towns have hostels, hotels and Airbnbs aplenty, with the cheapest rates starting at just $40 a night.
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Now that you have a rough idea of how much money you’ll need to live it up in New Zealand, all that’s left to do is get your hands on the right kind of currency. Visit your nearest Travel Money Oz to trade in your Aussie dollars for some Kiwi cash today.
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