5 Tips for Backpacking in New Zealand

Plan your backpacking journey around New Zealand and check out some tips for jobs transport, and saving money.

New Zealand is a great destination for backpackers to explore. Check out some tips for backpacking around New Zealand.

  • Jobs: The New Zealand agricultural industry is a large sector and there are often seasonal jobs available for fruit picking. Some of the best sites in New Zealand for checking out different jobs available are Backpacker Board, Trade Me or Seek
  • Transport: Travel the country by bus, plane, and campervan. If you are travelling by bus, try a “hop-on hop-off” experience that allows you to travel around certain set tourist destinations along the route for a flexible way to see the country at your own pace. To get to your destination quickly, domestic flights are available throughout New Zealand; be sure to check out Grabaseat.co.nz for some of the best flight deals from Air New Zealand. Alternatively, hire a campervan to drive around New Zealand and not have to worry about accommodation. If you travel by campervan there are holiday parks located throughout New Zealand that offer facilities like showers and power that are great spots to park the campervan for the night.
  • WWOOF: Explore the country by working on a farm and learn about sustainable living. This experience will allow you to stay on a farm and work for accommodation/food. There are a variety of locations around New Zealand that you can experience Kiwi culture on a woofing experience. Check out more information on woofing at WWOOF.co.nz.
  • Buy and sell stuff: Trade Me is New Zealand’s most popular site for buying and selling stuff like computers, mobile phones, cars, bikes, and more. It is also a great site to look for a job or flatmate and must be checked out for getting great deals.
  • Saving money: Make the most out of every dollar and follow some money saving tips.
  • Internet: Surf the internet by looking out for free wi-fi spots around New    Zealand. Both McDonalds and libraries offer free internet.
  • Grocery shopping: Cooking your own meals can help you save on food costs instead of constantly eating out which can cost over $20/meal. 
  • Happy hour: Beer cost about $7, so be sure to look out for happy hour specials offering discounted drinks.