New Zealand: an introduction
One of the most diverse countries in the world, New Zealand has everything from snow-capped mountains to golden sand beaches. It’s divided into 2 islands, simply known as North and South. Take in all of the South Island on the TranzAlpine train which goes throughfarmlands, mountains and rainforests. On the North Island, the modern cities of Auckland and Wellington await – museums, cafés and inner-city nature reserves are the main attractions.
The rewards are certainly great for travellers happy to make the 24-hour flight time. And with a currency that offers pretty good value to UK holidaymakers, it also appeals to backpackers and those looking for more comfort.
Hostels and budget hotels are dotted all across the country, including the major cities. And if you avoid the more expensive activities – like bungee-jumping – you can get by quite cheaply here.
Daily spend: £40-50
Staying in cheaper hotels and eating out a few nights a week is possible on a medium budget. You can also afford to do a few of New Zealand’s popular activities, and travel comfortably by bus.
Daily spend: £70-80
The best hotels and restaurants in New Zealand’s cities can cost just as much as the UK. On a bigger budget, you can do some of the more expensive activities and perhaps travel around by plane.
Daily spend: £100-150
Prices are approximate and subject to change.
Money saving tips for New Zealand
- Use your credit card. If your credit card company doesn’t charge for overseas transactions, you can avoid paying ATM fees this way.
- Don’t tip. It’s not customary to tip in New Zealand, so don’t worry about leaving money at the end of your meal.
- Use local car rental companies. They’re cheaper than the international names.
- Drink tap water. It’s safe, environmentally-friendly and cheaper.
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New Zealand’s currency – the basics
- The currency of New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar.
- The exchange rate is about 2:1 against the pound.
- Banknotes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100.
- One dollar is subdivided into 100 cents.
- Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to reach the peak of Mount Everest, is on the 5-dollar bill.
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