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Cost of holiday in New Zealand

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    I came up with idea, of budget holidaying in New Zealand for about 4 to 5 weeks with the family (2 adults + 2 kids 9yo and 3yo).

    Idea would be to rent a motorhome, and travel around the country. No need for fancy hotels, restaurants, or anything like that. We could cook ourselves, etc...
    Also when holidaying we are more pointed towards visiting nature, nice and wild scenery, hillwalking, etc...

    Could anyone give me a very rough idea, how much money would be needed for holiday like that to cover the cost of flights, motorhome rental, camping charges, food, and some other small expanses ?

    Thanks for any ideas.


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    We went to new zealand in april last year and its not a cheap country. Petrol was about $2.40 per litre and with the amount of driving we did we were topping up by about $70 every 2 days ( about 40 euro). This was for a 1.4 L toyota. A camper van will be more.

    Food costs are expensive too. A small cooked chicken for 2 from the suprmarket was $16. We went out for breakfast once (2 coffees, 1 pancake, 1 scramled egg) and it was $60 again. Wasn't a fancy place either.

    I would highly recommend doing the touring holiday nonetheless. Its a stunning country.

    South island is spectacular, but costs are even more than north. Parts are very remote - so much so that if you see a petrol station you should fill up. Next might not be for 400 km.

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    You must have experienced a particularly expensive time - fuel cost wise. Current petrol price is more like €1.25. My last fill up was at €1.379. Wish I could get it as cheap as it is in NZ.

    Plenty of sites with details on costs for hiring a campervan: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=hire+campervan+site%3A.nz&t=hb&atb=v83-3&ia=web

    Kyak will give you flight prices: https://www.kayak.com/flights

    Numbeo will give you many other costs: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Wellington like how boneless, skinless chicken breasts are at least €2 a kilo cheaper there than here.

    And you can convert prices to € here: https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/

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    Flight with Emirates Dublin-Dubai-Auckland are about $2000-$2500 pp return, not cheap but cheaper than they have been in a long time. Maybe you can get cheaper but this will be via Singapore or China in less plesent Asian flagged carriers (smaller leg room generally) and will usually have at least 1 extra stop. The Dubai-AKL flight is great as it now cuts out Australia and saves hours.

    Fuel is dirt cheap, $1.95ish (1.15 eur) now, diesel is $1.22 (72c)

    Might sound obvious (might not) but don't forget the season are opposite and NZ winter is June-August and certainly not the best time to travel around down here.
    With the outdoorsy type holiday you are looking for your are likely to be in remoter areas, credit card and even EFTPOS/ debit cards are sometime not taken so cash will probably be required.
    Food & restaurants are generally more expensive than Ireland

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