If you’ve followed me for a while now, you’d know that I’ve been in New Zealand for 5 months now, so I needn’t buy a flight ticket from home. However, my parents still had to purchase their flight tickets, so to give you a brief idea on how much to spend on flight ticket:
However, Malaysia Airlines did not offer a direct flight to Christchurch, so another fare was paid to fly from Auckland to Christchurch. So far, I’ve only heard of Singapore Airlines providing a direct flight to Christchurch.
Activities - $8.8 per day per person
New Zealand is famous for its adrenaline activities. I can’t be arranging skydiving or bungy jumping activities for my parents, so to cater to my their needs, we planned our itinerary to include mostly sight-seeing locations instead of adrenaline activities. That saved us a lot of money for the trip too. Even though we couldn’t do most of the adrenaline activities, we still spent on a worthy Milford boat cruise and a gondola ride up at Queenstown.
⬆︎ Go Orange Milford Cruise
⬆︎ Queenstown skyline gondola overlooking the remarkables
Food - $20 per day per person
If you’re a foodie and are interested to try everything in NZ, ultimately you’ll need to set a higher price range for food. Eating out in New Zealand can burn a hole in your wallet and I’m not even joking.
Most of our meals were cooked in our motorhome, while the rest we splurged on some must-try food and drinks in NZ like cream liquor (Canterbury cream), beer, red wine, Fish N’ Chips, Salmon, meat pies, Fergburger, and local snacks.
Accommodation & Transportation - $43 per day per person
If you’ve read my 10-day South Island itinerary post, you would know that most of the time we traveled in our motorhome.
Let me expand a bit on liability reduction. So when we book the motorhome, they gave us an option on whether to purchase liability reduction. Being my cheapskate self, I confidently thought we didn’t need that, and we thought we would be careful enough and wouldn’t crash into anything, so we didn’t select the liability reduction option when paying for the motorhome.
A little later, someone more experienced at traveling in a motorhome told us that we really needed to purchase liability reduction. After talking to my mom, we figured we should. We could also get the value pack which includes liability reduction, and at the same time get other extras.
The Value Pack can be added for $36 per day and it lessens the Bond to only $250 and liability to $0.
Value Pack includes:
Unlimited Windscreen and Tyres, Undercarriage/Overhead damage (covered for accidental damage), pre-purchased gas bottle, initial set of toilet chemicals, camp chairs and table, and baby/booster seats (with prior request).
It was a good thing we purchased the value pack because Louis did hit the motorhome (overhead damage) and dented the back by the end of our journey. If we’d not purchased the value pack, we’d need to fork out thousands of dollars to cover the expenses for the damages done.
⬆︎ The calm before the storm. The beautiful mountains behind us were completely covered by the thunderstorm rolling in. You can obviously see from our faces that we just woke up!
This was one of the freedom camp spots we stayed in – The Pines, Lake Pukaki.
⬆︎ The most expensive holiday park / lodge that we stayed in – Milford Sound Lodge – located just 5 minutes drive away from the harbour.
Fuel - $14 per day per person
We’ve had a heads-up from so many people warning us about the ridiculously expensive fuel prices in South Island. Luckily our motorhome runs on diesel, so we paid much less than we would pay for petrol 91. However, at the end of our journey, we still had to pay diesel tax (or Road user charges). It was about $0.07 for every 100km.
We started with the fuel tank full. The condition was to return the motorhome at full tank as well. It was no problem for us. We fueled up the car every time the fuel tank was half gone so it wouldn’t hurt as much as compared to when we refill it when it was almost NIL.
⬆︎ The interior of our motorhome
Miscellaneous - $1.5 per day per person
Even though we didn’t need to change our clothes as often due to the chilly weather, the laundry still pilled up every 3 days. It can pile up quick especially when there are four of us. So we did laundry in the holiday parks using coin-operated washing machine and dryer. I found the price for the laundry service pile up (like our dirty laundry) as we drove further down South, with the cheapest laundry service starting in Christchurch. Dunedin’s laundry service was the worst. We tumbled dry our clothes in the dryer 2 times and some of them were still damp. We were lucky though, someone left their coins in the dryer so we had a free first turn.
The beanies we got together
Total Expenditure Per Person
It totaled up to about $1970 per person, which will be around RM5.5k per person (flight included).
Everything is just a rough estimation and may not show the actual figure that you would spend. You could go higher or lower depending on your budget and luxurious needs.
Visual chart of our expenditure:
For those of you who prefer visuals over numbers, I got Louis to make a chart for me because I’m terrible at making charts.
The pie chart below is based on expenditure PER PERSON:
Destinations for free
So all in all, we traveled to many cities and towns and the sceneries that we were graced with were absolutely free! That’s the best part of traveling in New Zealand.
We went from:
Christchurch ➠ Fairlie ➠ Lake Tekapo ➠ Lake Pukaki ➠ Mt. Cook ➠ Twizel ➠ Wanaka ➠ Cardrona ➠ Arrowtown ➠ Queenstown ➠ Glenorchy ➠ Te Anau ➠ Milford Sound ➠ Nugget Point Lighthouse ➠ Dunedin ➠ Moeraki Boulders ➠ Christchurch
⬆︎First half of our trip
⬆︎Second half of our trip
Unexpected discovery – Crown Range Summit covered in snow on our way from Cardrona to Arrowtown.
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