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New Zealand holiday budget preparation 6 tips for success

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Excitement, new places, adventures and a raft of experiences all become possibilities. Your holiday plans are filled with opportunities and places to go you’ve only just discovered. Let’s get you started on how to prepare a holiday budget for lifetime holiday memories in New Zealand. Here are guidelines on how to translate your travel dreams into a holiday budget.

Mount Eden Summit - Auckland - New Zealand
Mount Eden Summit - Auckland

LET’S START BY ASKING QUESTIONS … 

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WHILE ON HOLIDAY IN NEW ZEALAND?

The first thing to consider when planning a holiday in New Zealand is translating the dream into  checking out activities and attractions. Browsing BEST BITS for holiday inspiration is a great way to start the process …

Check out a brief summary of key attractions in New Zealand and pre-prepared holiday itineraries and day trips to get you onto the next step.

Itineraries, touring routes in New Zealand – Best Bits.

STEP ONE – HOLIDAY BUDGET

SIGH!  THE BUDGET HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU HAVE FOR A HOLIDAY IN NEW ZEALAND?

Step one break your New Zealand holliday into key components. You are going to find out how much a holiday in New Zealand will cost you and compare with your proposed budget.

KEY COMPONENTS OF A HOLIDAY BUDGET IN NEW ZEALAND ARE:

  • Getting there (flights, trains, boats, rental vehicles, motorhomes, bikes)
  • Getting around New Zealand
  • Accommodation
  • Daily expenses, food, eating out,
  • Attractions, entrance fees
  • Gifts, souvenirs
Motorhome RV camper van road trip on New Zealand
Motorhome at Lake Pukaki

STEP TWO

GETTING THERE – RESEARCH FLIGHTS & DATES

You have chosen the bucket list destinations within New Zealand. Now is the nitty gritty about the cost of getting there and getting around. Examine Best Bits itineraries and look at compromises made in each itinerary. Not everything is on the trip stops either due to time and/or the cost of getting there.

Air NZ over Marlborough
Air NZ over Marlborough

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You really do no want to organise the holiday details and book everything. Simply use Best Bits for inspiration and ask a travel agent to do the rest of the hard work for you.

TIPS

  • High season in New Zealand is between December to mid-March
  • The more time you have to plan your holiday the more savings you will make with travel deals usually 2 – 3 months in advance of your proposed holiday dates
  • Be flexible with holiday dates to book flights on less popular week days
  • Avoid where possible red eye commuter flights, they are never cheap

STEP THREE – Attractions, entrance cost

You’ve got the destination sorted and the attraction on your must-do list is becoming a reality.

  • Check whether the hotel offers a two for one deal with a discount for the attraction, compare prices beforehand to ensure it is not an advertising ploy
  • Check if the attraction offers combo deals with nearby attractions
  • Check the fine print and ensure there is flexibility with offered tickets otherwise you could be locked into a specific time and date
  • Check the attraction’s location and any potential additional costs such as getting there
The Bathhouse, one of attractive landmark of Rotorua city, New Zealand. The another name of bathhouse is Rotorua museum.
The Bathhouse, one of attractive landmark of Rotorua city

STEP FOUR – LOOK FOR TRAVEL DEALS

Helensville heritage visitor centre, Auckland, New Zealand
Helensville heritage visitor centre

Airline companies, hotels and tourism operators offer travel deals to entice visitors.

  • Check out local online sites for travel deals
  • Get yourself on the email subscriber list as a person interested in notifications
  • Always compare deals with tripadvisor or viator as well as the destination website

STEP FIVE – WHERE TO STAY

You know the cost of flights (getting there) and the cost of visiting your must-go attractions now it’s about where to stay.

  • Where to stay is all about location, location, location
  • It’s a a bargain however when you turn up you realise you are 10 km from the centre of town and there is not reliable transport
  • Check out BEST BITS WHERE TO STAY for tips and advice on locations and what is available to do and see nearby
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STEP SIX – KEEP THE DREAM HOLIDAY ALIVE

Lighthouse on Nugget Point. It is located in the Catlins area on the Southern Coast of New Zealand, Otago region. The Lighthouse is surrounded by small rock islands, nuggets
Lighthouse on Nugget Point

Screen save a glorious photo of your destination and start saving.

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Keep checking out BEST BITS latest posts for holiday inspiration.

BEST BITS TRAVEL GUIDE

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