Backpacking New Zealand on a budget

New Zealand is a backpackers dream. Not only does it have stunning scenery, heaps to do, and fantastic locals to meet, but it can be affordable.

Get more bang for your backpacker's buck.

New Zealand is a backpackers dream. Not only does it have stunning scenery, heaps to do, and fantastic locals to meet, but it can be affordable. There are plenty of ways to cut corners so that you can get the most out of your holiday and still experience the best New Zealand has to offer.

With so many options to choose from for getting around this fantastic country, it’s often hard to know where to start. Wanting to see as much as possible, while having limited cash, it’s easy to rule out flying.  And New Zealand doesn’t have much to offer in the way of trains, so your best bet is to journey by bus.

Getting around by bus

Now here’s the tricky part- there are so many of options. Many companies offer pre-planned tour packages, with accommodation, some meals and activities all sorted.  These are good if you don’t have time to do any pre-trip study and want to just go along for the ride.

However for the more independent backpacker on a budget, a trusted bus company that has clean coaches, is on time and has an extensive network across New Zealand is ideal. Jumping on and off wherever you want, and for as long as you want is fantastic.

Flexipass or Flexitrips by InterCity Coachlines are ideal for this. Need more time to check out that spot you just heard about from a local? No problem. Spontaneously decided to take a two-day tramp in Fiordland? You can!

Another bonus is the people you will meet on the way. Instead of being stuck with a group of international tourists from a certain age bracket, travel with the coach service that the locals take. That way you’ll hear inside tips and must-sees from the folks who know best and who aren’t making a commission.

Plenty of accommodation choices

Taking control of your holiday is the best way to get more bang for your buck and keep track of where each dollar you’re spending is going. There are a wide range of budget accommodation options available throughout the country, so there is no need to have to go to a tourist cattle-yard-like hostel when you can stay in a character-filled B&B. It’s your choice.

Free activities

New Zealand also has a never-ending amount of free activities, from breath-taking tramps and day-walks through native bush, to beautiful beaches and heritage sites. The commercial adventure activities are also brilliant, so by saving some coin on your accommodation, food and transport, you can sign up more.

Sightseeing with Flexipass

A bonus of having a Flexipass is that a number of Greatsights and awesomeNZ sightseeing day tours travel-component are included - just pay for the optional extras, (ie. lunch, entrance fees). And if you’re lucky enough to be up in the Bay of Islands, jump on the Dolphin Watching Cruise departing from Paihia – it’s just 3.15hours of Flexipass credit.

Keep it flexible

So go ahead, live the backpackers dream and head for New Zealand. Make a rough plan for your trip in advance but keep it flexible, enabling spontaneity and a more unique and exciting adventure.

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