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 Welcome                                                                                                                         Contents
Hi there! Thank you for downloading our New Zealand Planner and for using gapyear.
com. We hope that you find this planner useful to help sort your trip, either as a solo                                          Introduction
journey or as part of a round the world trip. As a reminder, this planner interacts with
sections on and is part of a series of FREE downloadable planners that we                                        Welcome ............................................................................................................ 1
produce for you. The stuff we do can only be improved by feedback from you – we’re                                           Contents ............................................................................................................. 1
listening – so drop me an email to if you have feedback
(good or bad), or any suggestions / improvements to anything we do.                                                              General / Pre-Arrival Information
                                                                                                                             How Do I Get There? ...................................................................................... 2
                                                                                                     Tom Griffiths
                                                                                                Founder of       Visas for New Zealand ................................................................................... 3
Tom Griffiths                                                                                                                Weather Map .................................................................................................... 4
Founder of
                                                                                                                                 Places To See / Things To Do
                                                                                                                             What’s Happening? ........................................................................................ 5
Dan Bennett, Author, New Zealand Planner
Hey! Congratulations – you’ve just downloaded a planner for the best country in the                                          Sights To See ..................................................................................................... 6
world. I’ve gone backpacking in New Zealand twice in the last three years, and I’m still                                     Backpacker Tours and Activities ................................................................ 7
dead keen to get back out there for a third time!
                                                                                                                             Dan’s Trip Around New Zealand ................................................................ 8
NZ was my first real experience backpacking alone and I’ll never forget the people I
                                                                                                                             Getting Around New Zealand .................................................................... 9
met or the way the scenery had my jaw continually scraping along the ground. My
trip steered my life in a totally different direction – since my first trip I’ve become a                                    Tour Companies .............................................................................................. 9
keen photographer, an avid hiker and developed a real sense of confidence and self-
                                                                                                    Dan Bennett              Recommended Hostels ................................................................................ 10-11
                                                                                                                             Money Saving Vouchers ............................................................................... 12-13
Both trips took me from the quaint Englishness of Christchurch up to the international centre of busy Auckland
via the very best that both islands have to offer. I know there’ll be people out there that try to steer you towards         Working in New Zealand ............................................................................. 14
spending all your time on the West Island (I think the natives call it Australia), but you’ll regret not setting aside       What Things Cost... ......................................................................................... 15
an extra few weeks to see the most New Zealand has to offer you. Whether you’re an adrenaline addict heading
                                                                                                                             Adventurous Activities ................................................................................. 16
for Queenstown, a culture vulture checking out the Maori history or just a lover of the outdoors setting off for
one of the fourteen Kiwi national parks, I can personally guarantee you’ll find something to do that changes                 The Great Walks ............................................................................................... 17
your perception of the world.
Although we really want to tell you about how great New Zealand is, we enjoy hearing about your opinions and
                                                                                                                                 Useful Information
experiences even more! Once you get over there, send us a postcard to the address below, as we’d love to know
how you’re getting on with exploring the most incredible place you’ll ever see.                                              Travelmates ....................................................................................................... 18
                                                                                                                             Keeping in Touch ............................................................................................ 19
Take care, and have a blast!
Dan Bennett                                                                                                                      Plan Your Trip
                                                                                                                             Route Builder Maps ........................................................................................ 19-21
                                                                                                                             Full Route Builders .......................................................................................... 22-23
                                             Send us a postcard to:
                                                                                                                             Notes ................................................................................................................... 24
                     , 2 Chalfont Square, Ipswich, UK. IP4 2AJ
                          or email a photo and some words to                                           “Build Your Own” Around the World Trip! ............................................... 25
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                                                                                                                        I want to extend my round the world trip by working for a bit
 How Do I Get There?                                                                                                    A working holiday visa will allow you to work in New Zealand for up to a year, and stay for nearly two. These
                                                                                                                        visas are well-suited to backpackers looking for casual work to supplement their adventures. Hospitality work in
                                                                                                                        bars and hostels are a popular choice, but office temping and seasonal fruit-picking are also available. If you’re
Unless you’re keen on really long voyages, the only real way to get to the remote islands of New Zealand is by          on a round the world ticket, however, be wary of spending too much time in NZ –while your visa will last you
plane. The type of flight you purchase will be determined by several factors, including the amount you’re willing       up to 23 months of exploration (12 months of which is applicable for employment), a standard round the world
to spend on a ticket and whether or not you intend to stay in New Zealand employed under a working visa, or             ticket will only last you 12 months, so falling into the rhythm of working for several weeks in a location could
simply exploring under the free six-month visa granted to British passport-holders.                                     mean you run short on time when you’ve still got several countries left to visit, or you might even overstay the
                                                                                                                        length of your ticket altogether.
I’ve only got six months to explore
If you’re short on time (never recommended – there’s a lot more to see in NZ than you think!), or you haven’t
got the cash to support a year or two abroad without working, the two most sensible options to get to NZ are
a basic return ticket, or an around the world ticket. Since prices for 12-month round the world tickets are only
marginally more expensive than a return to Auckland or Christchurch, it’s easily worth the extra time and money
to explore a few other exotic countries while you’re out there. Even if time constrictions prevent you from
spending too much time out of NZ, you could always lessen the impact of jetlag by staying over a night or two
in Hong Kong or Singapore. If long-haul flights really aren’t your thing, you could add another stop in Dubai if
you’re heading over Asia, or a stopover on both the east and west coasts of North America. Although valid for six
months, New Zealand Immigration allow a stay of nine months in an 18-month period.

                                                                         Via                             Via
                                                                          Seoul                         Los
                                                            Via                                     Angeles                                                                            MAIN ARRIVAL AIRPORTS
                            Via Bangkok                      Hong
                                                                Kong                                                    The easiest way to solve this is with an extended round the world ticket. Although harder to find, we have
                 Via                                                                                                    several listed in the Round The World section of the site that can last up to 22 months – a simple solution to
                   Dubai                                                                                                realising you’ve only got three weeks to check out Thailand, Fiji, Japan and do that week of shopping in New
                                                                                                                        York you’ve been looking forward to!
                                                                                                                        Whatever you choose, remember that New Zealand, like Australia, will only grant you a single working holiday
                                                     Via                                                                visa ever. Don’t waste it!
                                                                                                                        Top 3 Routes
       Via Bahrain                                                         Via Sydney                                   Here’s a quick idea of some of the most popular round the world routes that go via New Zealand:

                                                                                                                            1. London - Bangkok - Perth - Uluru - Cairns – over land to Sydney - Auckland - Fiji - New York – fr. £954
                                                                                                                            2. London - Tokyo - Perth - Cairns - Sydney - Christchurch overland to Auckland - LA – London – fr. £1030
                                                                                                                            3. London - Singapore - Darwin - over land To Perth - Uluru - Sydney - Christchurch - over land to Auckland -
                                                                                                                               Fiji - LA – fr. £954

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                                                                                                                        As of November 2005, you are able to choose either a 12-month or 23-month stay in New Zealand, although
 Visas for New Zealand                                                                                                  additional paperwork is needed if you’re planning on the 23-month trip, including a medical chest and x-ray
                                                                                                                        certificate (to supply with your visa application). Bear in mind that applicants requiring ongoing medical care,
                                                                                                                        such as dialysis, or with conditions like TB, are likely to have their applications declined (although to be fair, if
Unless you’re an Australian citizen, you’ll need some sort of visa to set foot in New Zealand. Fortunately, we’ve       you’ve got TB, it’s unlikely you’re looking for a holiday right now). If you’re applying for the 12-month working
made things simple for you. You’ll typically be looking for one of the three choices below. Make sure you               holiday visa while you’re in New Zealand, you’ll be required to produce all the medical certificates required for
understand the difference between a visa and a permit – a visa is applied for while overseas, while a permit is         the 23-month trip.
applied for once you’re within the NZ borders.
                                                                                                                        Conveniently, your working holiday visa comes with multiple entry visas – the Kiwi government don’t mind if
                                                                                                                        you leave New Zealand and come back, as long as it’s within the length of time specified by your work permit/
 1. Tourist Visas                                                                                                       visa. Time you spend abroad, unfortunately, won’t be added to the length of time you’re allowed to work. Once
                                                                                                                        you hit the 12-month limit, that’s your lot.
A visitor visa for New Zealand is pleasantly easy to sort out
if you’re a permanent UK resident. Just turn up at the airport
in Christchurch, Auckland or Wellington and hand over your                                                                  3. Student Visas
passport, and you’ll get a six-month visitor visa absolutely free!
No forms, no hassle, no worries.
                                                                                                                        Before applying for the student visa or permit, you need to have an offer of a place from a New Zealand
It’s also possible to extend the length of your stay in New                                                             education provider. This must include the name and location of the course, proof that the course is available to
Zealand to up to nine months by contacting the New                                                                      international students, and the fees (if any) that you are required to pay.
Zealand Immigration services. This can also be done online,
                                                                                                                        The length of your course is also an important factor in whether
although you will need a valid VISA or Mastercard to pay
                                                                                                                        or not your visa or permit will be granted. If your course is less
the NZ$80 (approx. £28) fee for the extension, they’ll
                                                                                                                        than three months, as a British resident you’ll be able to study
require proof of your onwards travel at the end of your
                                                                                                                        under the standard free visitor visa (see above). However, if
ninth month
                                                                                                                        your course is between three and nine months, you can either
If you decide once you’re there that you want to stay a bit longer, you should be able to extend your ETA to last       try to extend your visitor visa or you can apply for a student
you an extra three months. To do this, go to an immigration office in Australia.                                        visa. If you’ll be studying for nine months, you’ll need to provide
                                                                                                                        NZ Immigration with proof you’ll have access to NZ$1000
                                                                                                                        per month, and an additional NZ$400 per month to pay for
 2. Working Holiday Visa                                                                                                accommodation, or proof your accommodation has already
                                                                                                                        been paid for. A course that lasts longer than nine months
To apply for a New Zealand working holiday visa, there are several requirements that you’ll need to meet. NZ            requires proof of NZ$10,000 per year to cover living costs.
Immigration will only grant visas to childless tourists over 18 and under 30, and you must have a return ticket         The student visa granted by the NZ government lasts for a
(or funds with which to buy one). They also ask that you have at least NZ$350 (£125) per month to support               year, but as many courses will last longer than this the visa is
yourself, and that you meet various health                                                                              renewable. Currently, the student visa costs £80 – make sure
and character requirements, so make                                                                                     to arrange your visa at least two months before your course is
sure you’re on your best behaviour! It                                                                                  due to start, as it can take over a month to process – and the
only costs £45 to apply for the working                                                                                 permit, if you decide you’d like to study once you’re over there
holiday scheme, but remember you can                                                                                    (applicable from within New Zealand only) costs NZ$120 (£42).
only obtain one working holiday visa in
New Zealand in your lifetime, so be sure                                                                                Bear in mind that the student visa is not a working visa. You will be required to show you are attending your
to enjoy it!                                                                                                            place of education, and that you are passing your course – so no slacking! You are allowed to gain part-time
                                                                                                                        employment while studying full-time, however. This can take the form of practical work experience for your
If you are already in New Zealand on a                                                                                  course, over the Christmas period if you are in full-time education, and up to 20 hours a week if you’re at
valid permit or visa, you can apply for a                                                                               university and your course is longer than two years.
working holiday visa by using the online
service supplied by NZ Immigration, or                                                                                  For further information on visas in New Zealand, have a look at:
by contacting them directly. An online
permit/visa is a print-out that you need
to keep with you at all times, while the                                                                                    FOR MORE INFO GO TO:
offline working visa is a label stuck inside                                                                      
your passport.
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 Weather Map                                                                                         When to visit…
                                                                                                     New Zealand is in a league of its own when it comes
                                                                                                     to unpredictable weather. A sunny morning in mid-
                                                                                                     January can be pouring down by late evening, and
                                                                                                     mild winds from the west in late autumn can be gale-
                                                                                                     force by the middle of winter. The summer months
                                                                                  Whangarei          are, naturally, the most popular with backpackers
                                                                                                     as it allows them to escape the chilly British winter,
                                                                                                     but it doesn’t change the fact that the only real
                                                                                                     way to prepare for a trip to NZ is to pack for every
                                                                                                     conceivable weather condition you can think of!

                        TROPICAL                                                          Auckland

                                                                                                     Summer (November-April)
                                                                                                     Average Max: 23.8˚C
                                                                                                     Average Min: 12˚C
                                                                                                     Rainy days per season: 8
                                                                                                     Don’t forget your: summer raincoat
                                                                                                     Winter (May – October)
                                                                                                     Average Max: 15˚C
                                                                                                     Average Min: 9˚C
                                                                                                     Rainy days per season: 15
                                                                                                     Don’t forget your: warm top


                                                                                                     Average Max: 20˚C
                                                            Nelson                                   Average Min: 13˚C
                                                                                                     Rainy days per season: 7
                                                                             Wellington              Don’t forget your: sunglasses
                                                                                                     Average Max: 12˚C
                                                                                                     Average Min: 6˚C
                                                                                                     Rainy days per season: 13
                                                                                                     Don’t forget your: wind-proof jacket

                                                        Christchurch                                 CHRISTCHURCH

                                                                                                     Average Max: 22˚C
                                                                                                     Average Min: 12˚C
                                            Dunedin                  TEMPERATE                       Rainy days per season: 7
                                                                                                     Don’t forget your: fleece
                                                                                                     Average Max: 12˚C
                                                                                                     Average Min: 3˚C
                                                                                                     Rainy days per season: 7
                                                                                                     Don’t forget your: thermal underwear
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                                                                                                          1    January – More FM Pro Tour Intl. Beach Volleyball
 What’s Happening?                                                                                             Not one to miss if you’re a volleyball fan, the More FM tour makes
                                                                                                               great use of Main Beach at Mt. Maunganui.
                                                                                                          2    January – Sand to Surf Swim
                                                                                                               A challenging swim on one of New Zealand most impressive
                                                                                                               beaches, the Main Beach at Mt. Maunganui. Entry is at the
                                                                                                               discretion of the Mt. Maunganui Surf Club.
                                                                                                          3    February-March– New Zealand Fringe Festival (Wellington)
                                                                                                               A huge multi-media event including dance, music, visual art and
                                                                                                          4    March - Auckland Festival
                                                                                                               A huge get-together of dancers, musicians, directors and actors
                                                                                                               descend on Auckland for their biennial festival.
                                                                                                          5    March – Dragonboat Festival
                                                                                                               Moving between Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch (check
         5 – Mt Maunganui Harbour To Surf 4km swim                            4                                your dates for your specific location), the Dragonboat Festival
                                                                              6                                promises plenty of fun with boats. Possibly dragons too.
                                                                                              2           6    May-June – NZ International Comedy Festival
                                                                                              1                Touring the length of New Zealand, Oddfellows’ NZ International
                                                                                         12                    festival comprises multiple acts for maximum hilarity. Allegedly,
                                                                                                     10        anyway. You’ll have to judge for yourself.
                                                                                                          7    June – July – Queenstown Winter Festival
                                                                                                               A ten day celebration of winter in the Southern Alps that’s been
                                                                                                               running for nearly 30 years and attracts international attention
                                                                                   11                          from Oz, the US, Japan, and even further afield.
                                                                                                          8    July – Dunedin Chocolate Festival
                                                                                                               What better way to celebrate winter in the home of Dunedin’s
                                                                  5 6                                          Cadbury factory than with vast quantities of chocolate? Highlights
               6 – New Zealand Fringe Festival                    3                                            include jaffa-cake racing, chocolate sculpting, chocolate making,
                                                                                                               chocolate magic, and chocolate chocolate.
                                                                                                          9    October – Tauranga Arts Festival
                                                                                                               A biannual event featuring dance, music and art worth a visit for
                                                                                                               any culture vulture.

                                                         5                                                10   December – Opotiki Rodeo
                                                                                                               A great event for anybody fond of horses, cowboys, or the
                                                 7                                                             potential for some serious injury. There’s even an open 700kg bull
                                                                                                               ride with NZ$1000 worth of prize money – fancy a tumble?
                                                                                                          11   December – January – Black Barn Open Air Cinema
                                                                                                               An open air film festival at Havelock North, just south of Napier, in
                                                                                                               a purpose-built ampitheatre.
                                                                                                          12   December 31st– New Years Eve Mardi Gras, Rotorua
                                                                                                               It’s been running for over half a century, and attracts tens of
                                                                                                               thousands of people each year. A family-friendly alcohol-free
                                                                                                               event, the Mardi Gras features local and national performers, with
                                                                        11 – Dunedin Chocolate Festival
                                                                                                               a fireworks display to bring in the new year.
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                                                                                                1    Northland
 Sights To See                                                                                       The ‘winterless North’ boasts some fantastic weather, and the Twin
                                                                                                     Coast Discovery Highway is a great way to see the best that both
                                                                                                     east and west have to offer.
                                                                                                2    The Bay of Islands
                                                                                                     There’s some spectacular scenery on the 144 separate islands, and
                                                                                                     with dolphin and whale-watching to boot you’ve got no excuse
                                                                                                     not to spend a weekend here!
                                                                                                3    The Bay of Plenty
                                                                            2                        With some awesome diving, as well as excellent surfing and
                                                                                                     untouched wild forests, no itinerary would be complete without a
                                                                                                     trip to the Bay of Plenty!
                                                                                                4    Thermal activity at Rotorua
                                                                                                     When there’s steam rising from the cracks in the pavement and
                                                                                                     huge gaping holes full of boiling sulphuric mud in the ground at
             4 – Thermal Activity at Rotorua                                                         the local park, you soon realise Rotorua’s vaunted thermal geysers
                                                                                                     aren’t just a lot of hot air (sorry!).
                                                                                                5    Tongariro National Park
                                                                                            3        Home to the Tongariro Crossing, the best one-day hike in New
                                                                                                     Zealand, the Park is home to volcanoes, snow-capped mountains
                                                                                                     and some of the most inspiring views you’ll ever see.
                                                                                                6    Lake Taupo
                                                                              6                      One for the fishermen out there, Lake Taupo (NZ’s largest lake) is
                                                                                                     considered one of the best trout fisheries in the world.

                                                                                  7             7    Napier
                                                                                                     Currently in contest with Miami for the title of ‘World’s Most Art
                                                                                                     Deco City’, Napier is worth a look if you’re a big ‘30s architecture
                                                                                                     fan. Also a great base to Hawkes Bay exploration.
                       7 – Napier                                                               8    Arthur’s Pass National Park
                                                                                                     Nestled in the Southern Alps, the Park is a unique hybrid of
                                                             8                                       rainforest and alpine mountainside, best viewed from the Tranz-
                                                                                                     Alpine Train (leaving daily from Christchurch and Greymouth).

                                                    10                                          9    Christchurch
                                                                                                     A home away from home, Christchurch is the most English city
                                               11        9                                           outside the UK, complete with an English-style public school and
                                                                                                     Cathedral Square acting as the city centre.

                                                                                                10   The West Coast
                                                                                                     Home to two of the best climbable glaciers in New Zealand, the
                                                                                                     notoriously wet coastline holds plenty of superb forest walks and
                                                                                                     some fantastic watersports.
                                                                                                11   Mt. Cook
                                                                                                     Aka Aoraki.New Zealand’s highest point, and a challenging
                                                                                                     technical climb for any aspiring mountineers.
                                                                                                12   Fiordland National Park
                                                                          10 – The West Coast
                                                                                                     Some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery can be found
                                                                                                     in Fiordland, whether it’s the ferry trip on Milford Sound or hiking
                                                                                                     the Milford trail.
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                                                                                                                    1    Swim with dolphins in Northland
 Backpacker Tours and Activities                                                                                         It’s one of those things that everybody wants to do at some point,
                                                                                                                         so why not do it here?
                                                                                                                    2    The Auckland Bridge Climb/Bungy jump
                                                                                                                         Climb to the middle of the Auckland harbour bridge…then throw
                                                                                                                         yourself off it! Simple, to the point, and typically Kiwi.
                                                                                                                    3    Black-water Rafting at Waitomo Caves
                                                                                                                         Jump into an inner tube and leap into an underground river on
                                                                                                                         unforgettable trip under glow-worm studded cavern ceilings. The
                                                                                                                         wetsuit is provided. The guts to jump off a waterfall aren’t.
                                                                                         1                          4    Zorbing and Luging at Rotorua
                                                                                                                         Although Zorbing is increasingly global, this is where it started.
                                                                                                                         Jump in to a hamster ball and roll down a hill. Alternatively, hop
                                                                                                                         into a plastic soapbox and race your best friend down instead.
                                                                                                                    5    The Winter Tongariro Crossing
            1 – Swin with dolphins in Northland                                                                          The tour across the Tongariro National Park is guided in winter,
                                                                                    2                                    due to the alpine risks, and there are several operators running
                                                                                                                         daily trips (weather permitting). Expect a lot of snow and wind.
                                                                                                                    6    Explore Middle-Earth from Wellington
                                                                                         4                               Take a tour of the film sites of Lord of the Rings from the NZ
                                                                                                                         capital – but don’t expect any sets! You’ll eat at the Chocolate Fish
                                                                                5                                        café used by the stars, peek into Peter Jackson’s studio and even
                                                                                                                         drive past the house of the great man himself! Particularly suited
                                                                                                                         for experienced stalkers.
                                                                                                                    7    Dive on Marlborough Sound
                                                                     7                                                   Considered to contain some of best diving in New Zealand,
                                                                                                                         Marlborough Sound is easy to access from Picton. The wreck of
                                                                                                                         the Mikhail Lermontov, largest cruiser to sink since the Titanic!
            4 – Zorbing and Luging at Rotorua                                                                       8    Hike the Franz Josef or Fox Glaciers
                                                                                                                         Fox Glacier is a gentle slope. Franz Josef is the steep and
                                                                                                                         aggressive one. Neither are related to any sort of minty sweet.

                                                                 8                                                  9    Take the ferry across Milford Sound
                                                                                                                         Something of a staple for backpackers in New Zealand, Milford
                                  9                                                                                      Sound is jawdroppingly beautiful, with tremendous mountains
                                                                                                                         crashing down into the Tasman sea. Not a trip to miss.
                                                                                                                    10   Do something in Queenstown
                                                  10                                                                     Speedboating down the Shotover River? Bungy jumping from
                                                                                                                         AJ Hackett’s bungy site (the world’s first)? Queenstown offers
                                                                                                                         something for every thrill-seeker. Also included are skiing,
                                                   11                                                                    kayaking, white-water rafting, heliskiing and plenty more.

                                                            12                                                      11   Visit Speight’s Brewery & Cadbury Factory in Dunedin
                                                                                                                         Beer and chocolate – what could be better than putting the
                                                                                                                         premier factories for both in the same city? A reduced ticket to see
                                                                                                                         both is available at either outlet.
                                                                         6 – Explore Middle Earth from Wellington   12   Go on a nature expedition to the Otago Peninsula
                                                                                                                         Home to nesting sites for albatross, sea lions, fur seals and yellow-
                                                                                                                         eyed penguins, the Otago Peninsula has some of New Zealand’s
                                                                                                                         top nature reserves.
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                                                                                                                     3 – Zorbing for the first time - I’d been looking forward to
 Dan’s Trip Around New Zealand                                                                                       doing something this stupid long before I got to Rotorua.
                                                                                                                     Climbing inside a giant inflatable rubber ball and rolling
                                                                                                                     down a hill might sound a little daft, but you won’t be able
                                                                                                                     to find another experience on the planet to match it.
                                                                                                                     4 – The Tongariro Crossing. This was the walk that turned me
                                                                                                                     from a couch potato into an avid hiker. From the towering
                                                                                                                     peaks of Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe to the crystal clear
                                                                                                                     waters of the Blue Lake and the opaque Emerald Lakes, this
                                                                                                                     is the one thing you have to do in New Zealand.
                                                                                                                     South Island
                                                                                                                     5 – Taking the Tranz-Alpine, considered one of the best train
                                                                                                                     journeys in the world. Leaving Christchurch and crossing
                                                                                                                     the Canterbury plains, the train ascends into the Southern
                                                                                                                                                                                       4 – Tongariro Crossing
                                                                                                                     Alps and rises to a height of 920m above sea level, before a
                                                                                                                     slow descent through beech forest to Greymouth. An utterly
                                                                                                                     incredibly trip.
                                                                                                                     6 – Taking the ferry out across Milford Sound and finding
                                                                                                                     ourselves being followed back to port by a pod of leaping
                                                                                                                     dolphins – I’d never seen them in the wild before and it was a
                                                                                                                     magical experience.
                                                                                                                     7 – Franz Josef Glacier. My second climb on the Franz Josef
                                                                                                                     was two years after my first, and was completely different –
                                                                                                                     the icefalls were steeper and more extreme, and the terminal
                                                                                                                     face was noticably higher. It also meant the more exciting
                                                                                                                     features, such as ice tunnels and caves, were available to
                                                                                                                     climbers much lower down. A fantastic day adventure for all
                                                                                                                     abilities, unless hill-climbing really ain’t your thing!
                                                                                                                     8 – Climbing the world’s steepest street in Dunedin…at
                                                                                                                     7.30 in the morning! A great way to follow up a lazy day at       7 – Franz Josef Glacier
                                                                                                                     Speight’s Brewery and the Cadbury factory…not!
                                                                                                                     9 – Seeing not one, not two, but three albatross in flight over
                                                                                                                     the Otago Peninsula in a single afternoon. Usually, our guide
                                                                                                                     told us, there’s an appearance of a single albatross (for only
                                                                                                                     twenty minutes!) once a fortnight.
                                                                                                                     10 - Bob’s Peak, Queenstown. Rather than taking the
                                                                                                                     10-minute gondola ride up to the mountain directly
 My best bits                                                                                                        overlooking Queenstown, I decided not to wimp out and
                                                                                                                     hiked up instead – it took me about 4 hours and provided
North Island                                                                                                         me with some of the best photographs I’ve ever taken. Proof
1 – Leaping off an underground waterfall at the Waitomo caves – after                                                that the easy option doesn’t always produce the best results!
being told a badly judged jump would result in a pair of broken legs!
The glow-worms and the adrenaline rush more than made up for it,                                                     11 – The Tranz-Coastal train – I’m a big fan of train journeys
mind you.                                                                                                            as it is, and the partner journey to the Tranz-Alpine takes you
                                                                                                                     up the coast between Christchurch and Picton, past rocks
2 – Cactus Jack’s Hostel in Rotorua – my favourite hostel ever. Mexican                                              strewn with sleeping fur seals and sea lions, and even offers
themed, clean and cheerful, with some fantastic staff that make you feel                                             the occasional dolphin!                                                8 - Dunedin
less like guests and more like part of the family.                         3 – Cactus Jack’s Hostel In Rotorua
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 Getting Around New Zealand                                                                                                 Tour Companies
Tours & Transport
New Zealand, as a much smaller country than many of the major backpacking destinations and is remarkably                    Flying Kiwi                                                                        ( 0845 224 3296
easy to navigate. Whether you’ve got a driving license or not, there will be plenty of options available to you,
and it isn’t a neccessity to book before you land.                                                                      About Fying Kiwi
                                                                                                                        Established in 1988, Flying Kiwi combines the great convenience of a
Getting around by plane                                                                                                 tour with the flexibility of a hop-on / hop-off bus. These trips give you
Flying internally in New Zealand is often cheaper travelling by rail or road, particularly if you are planning to       the chance to explore and stay in the most famous attractions plus the
travel between the North and South Islands.                                                                             chance to visit many of the countries most spectacular national parks.
Getting around by bus                                                                                                   Their tours are flexible, great fun, outstanding value and cover all areas
Bus travel is the most popular choice for backpackers getting                                                           of NZ.
around New Zealand. Whether you are looking for flexibility in                                                          Passes are valid for up to 2 years and in addition to the most popular trips you can create your own custom
a hop on / hop off bus pass, taking an all encompassing tour or                                                         itinerary
just getting from A to B, you’ll be spoilt for choice by the wide
range of services available.                                                                                            Flying Kiwi boasts...

Getting around by rail                                                                                                      ● Unbeatable value for money.
There are commuter services running from both Wellington                                                                    ● Friendly & knowledgable guides and rated as one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by
and Auckland. These services are operated by Veolia in                                                                        National Geographic.
Auckland and Tranz Metro in Greater Wellington.
                                                                                                                            ● Great flexibility with a variety of activity, hike and cycle options everyday.
Travelling by rail is a great way to see spectacular scenery.                                                               ● Visit places other buses don’t reach and stay in stunning locations by lakes, mountains, oceans and
Some tourist trains have panoramic windows and open-air                                                                       beaches.
viewing carriages, making them popular with travellers,
                                                                                                                            ● Their staff are happy to arrange pre and post trip domestic transport and accommodation for you.
however intercity services can sometimes be limited.
Getting around by car                                                                                                   Click here to see Flying Kiwi’s products on >>
Traversing both islands by car is generally trouble-free with most popular locations easily accessible in a
two-wheel-drive car or even a small camper van. Traffic is generally pretty low and drivers are usually fairly
courteous. It is worth being aware that you need to be 18 to legally drive in New Zealand.                                  Kiwi Experience
Getting around by ferry
                                                                                                                        About Kiwi Experience
Crossing between islands in a car requires you to take a ferry across Cook Strait. Charter boats are available
                                                                                                                        Kiwi Experience is the easiest, most flexible and affordable way
for those looking to go on expeditions and commuter ferries run regularly from Auckland and Wellington. For
                                                                                                                        for backpackers to explore New Zealand. Book one of their wide
sightseers, cruises to the Southern Lakes and Fiordland area are well worth checking out!
                                                                                                                        variety of passes and see the highlights of both islands (or just one,
                                                                                                                        if that’s what you prefer) on cool, comfy buses with loads of other
                                                                                                                        like-minded travellers.
                                                                                                                        Hop on at your starting point and then hop off the bus as many times as you want along the route. Kiwi
                                                                                                                        Experience allows you to explore New Zealand your way... and includes loads of top activities too!
                                                                                                                        Kiwi Experience boasts...
                                                                                                                         ● Over 20 overnight stops and heaps of optional stops for you to choose from
                                                                                                                            ● Unlimited travel and 12 months to complete your pass!
                                                                                                                            ● Over 35 awesome Driver Guides - all Kiwi’s!
                                                                                                                            ● Travel with a wicked group and make great mates!
                                                                                                                            ● First night guaranteed at every overnight stop!

                                                                                                                        Click here to see Kiwi Experience’s products on >>
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 Recommended Hostels                                                                                                  Recommended Hostels

                                                                                                                      1 – Auckland – Base ACB
                                                                                                                     Address: L3, 229 Queen Street, Cnr Darby Street, Auckland
                                                                                                                     About Auckland Central Backpackers
                                                                                                                     Auckland Central Backpackers is one of four unique and friendly Beyond Backpackers properties across New
                                                                                                                     Zealand providing a full range of world class, centrally located backpacker accommodation from private
                                                                                                                     ensuites to share rooms.
                                                                                                                                                     ACB boasts...
                                                                                                                                                     ● Free beer on arrival
                                                                                                                                                     ● Free nightly barbeques with free Vodka Punch
                                                                                                                                                     ● The famous Globe bar for nightly entertainment and theme nights.
                                                                                                                                                     ● Beyond Travel; where you can book adventure activities and
                                                                                                                                                       onward travel direct from the hostel.
                                                                                                                                                     ● Job Search centre and visa and immigration assistance.
                                                                                                                                                     ● A 24hr internet cafe.
                                                                                                                                                     ● 24hr café.
                                                                                                                                                     ● Two Sky TV lounges.
                                                                                                                                                     ● Chill out lounge area.
                                                                                                                                                     ● Modern kitchen, dining and laundry facilities.

                                                                                                                     Expect to pay $32 (approx £11.50) for a dorm room. However, discounts and deals are often available. Double
                                                                                                                     rooms are around $88 (approx. £31.50) - and if you’re feeling a little bit posh, you can stay in your own single
                                                                                                                     room your own for $112 (approx $40).
                                                                                                                     We only give the best of the best our gold award and Auckland Central Backpackers really is the
                                                                                                                     best. Enjoy the Globe Bar, 24 hour access, nightly barbeques - with free punch! - and assistance in bagging a job
                                                                                                                     whilst you are in NZ.
                                                                                                                     Then there’s Beyond Travel, the ACB on-site travel centre with exclusive discounts and deals for backpackers on
                                                                                                                     everything from bus tours to snowboarding. Clean, with friendly staff, a variety of room types, starter packs to
Hostels & Accommodation                                                                                              make your first nights in NZ even easier - ACB know what backpackers want and aren’t afraid to give it to them!
New Zealand is renowned for having some of the best accommodation on the planet. As an increasingly                  Auckland Central Backpackers say…
popular destination for backpackers, many of the hostels (or “Backpackers”) have to compete to offer better          Welcome to the heart of Auckland! Get your New Zealand trip sorted at Auckland Central Backpackers (ACB)
service, facilities and freebies. It’s almost impossible to turn up at a destination and have nowhere to stay        with starter accommodation packages; ski packages, work packages for travellers with working holiday visas;
(although Queenstown in winter may require booking ahead, as the ski season tends to dominate the local              and language study and accommodation packages.
hostels around the June-July period). The hardest choice you’ll have is whether to choose the hostel on the
shore of the glacial lake, the one with views of Mt. Cook, the highest point in New Zealand, the one with the        The friendly local staff will ensure that you experience the best of New Zealand’s scenery, culture and adventure
(free!) heated outdoor pool or the one with the best discount on local activities.                                   activities. It’s an easy five minute walk to central train, bus and ferry terminals and the airport bus stops at the
                                                                                                                     doorstep. Main shopping, café and restaurant areas, the city’s museums, galleries and theatres are all around
                                                                                                                     ACB. You really will be in the heart of this great city - this hostel is in an ideal location for you to begin your tour
          GOOD FOR THE GIRLIES                      GET 2 FREE BEERS                   FREE NIGHTLY MEAL             of Auckland.
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 Recommended Hostels                                                                                               Recommended Hostels
       2 – Bay of Islands: Pipi Patch Lodge                                                                                   4 – Wellington: Nomads Capital
       They say…                                                                                                              They say…
       Welcome to the stunning Bay of Islands! Pipi Patch provides friendly and clean accommodation just                      This hostel is a brand-new ‘Flashpackers’ - that’s fancy backpackers - in Wellington. Offering top-
       metres from the beach and only two minutes walk from Paihia wharf, shops and cafes, and the main                       notch facilites, a cracking location, help in bagging a job and booking tours and ultra-friendly staff,
       tour buses stop at our door.                                                                                           it’s easy to see why they call themselves flash. The prices are reasonable, the atmosphere is buzzing,
                                                                                                                              and they ensure guests are secure with swipecards and rentable padlocks. A top place to stay...
       The friendly local staff will ensure that you experience the best of Northland’s amazing beaches and
       scenery, culture, history and adventure activities.
                                                                                                                              We say…
       The Pipi Patch also has...                                                                                             There is no better place to explore Wellington, New Zealand’s beautiful harbour-bound capital than
                                                                                                                              this hostel. Spend your days exploring this funky, energetic city and your evenings making the
         ● Free two for one beer voucher on check-in                                                                          most of the nightly events in the on-site Blends cafe and bar. Plus they offer a wide range of rooms
         ● A spa and swimming pool                                                                                            including female-only dorms, fully equipped kitchen and dining areas and comfy TV and DVD
         ● The Pipi Patch Bar where you can party with travellers and meet the locals!                                        lounge too. Truly a home away from home.
         ● Nightly barbeques
                                                                                                                              5 – Christchurch: Kiwi House
         ● Beyond Travel; where you can book adventure activities and onward travel from the hostel                           They say…
         ● TV lounge and sundeck chill out area                                                                               Kiwi House is the backpacker hostel in New Zealand. Completely unique accommodation, you
         ● Modern kitchen, dining and laundry facilities                                                                      can stay for only one night, a few weeks or a few months! We offer weekly rates. so the longer you
                                                                                                                              stay, the cheaper you pay! Enjoy free saunas every Tuesday, frequent BBQs and shuttle buses to the
       We say…                                                                                                                mountains too. We are looking forward to meeting you...
       Pipi Patch Lodge is one of four unique and friendly Beyond Backpackers properties across New
       Zealand providing a full range of world class, centrally located backpacker accommodation from                         We say…
       private units to share rooms.                                                                                          Looking for a ‘home away from home’ on the other side of the world? If so Kiwi House is the hostel
                                                                                                                              for you. Their multi-lingual staff are super-friendly and will really go that extra mile to make sure your
       3 – Rotorua: Hot Rock Backpackers                                                                                      stay is perfect. The community atmosphere in this place is hard to beat - how many hostels do you
       They say…                                                                                                              know that boast free haircuts, free saunas, a communal herb garden and frequent patio BBQs?
       Welcome to the heart of Rotorua! Hot Rock provides friendly and clean accommodation overlooking
       Kuirau geothermal park and just minutes walk from the shops and cafes. The main tour buses stop at                     6 – Queenstown: Discovery Lodge
       the front door. Our friendly local staff will ensure that you experience the best of Rotorua’s amazing                 They say…
       geothermal activity, maori culture, history and adventure activities.                                                  Welcome to the heart of Queenstown! Main shopping, bars, café and restaurant areas are all around
                                                                                                                              Discovery Lodge, and most of the rooms have balconies looking out to the lake and mountains. Built
       The Hot Rock also has...
                                                                                                                              in 2004, the Discovery Lodge is new, with completely modern facilities and a bathroom adjoining
         ● Two hot mineral pools and a swimming pool.                                                                         every room.
         ● The Lava Bar; Rotorua’s hottest nightspot!
                                                                                                                              We say…
         ● Beyond Travel; book adventure activities and onward travel direct from the hostel.                                 With a free two-for-one beer on check-in, what better way to welcome you to the extreme sports
         ● TV lounge and sundeck chill out area.                                                                              capital of the country? With a job-search centre, 24hr internet, the Altitude Bar and Café and a
         ● Modern kitchen, dining and laundry facilities.                                                                     plasma-screen TV lounge, how could things possibly get any more comfortable? There’s so much to
                                                                                                                              do in Queenstown, but with accommodation this posh, you won’t want to leave the hostel! (Oh, and
       We say…                                                                                                                private en-suite rooms come with DVD and CD player included – posh or what?)
       Hot Rock Backpackers, another Gold Award winner, offers backpackers two hot mineral
       pools, a swimming pool, travel and activity-booking services, TV lounge and sundeck, and the full
       range of accommodation from dorm beds to private doubles with ensuites. Add the Lava Bar to the                 TO BOOK THESE AND OTHER HOSTELS GO TO:
       mix and you’ve got a hostel that’ll keep you entertained night and day!                               
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        RECOMMENDED HOSTELS                                                                                                      TWO FREE BEERS!
                                                                                                                                                  For members who stay at
    Hands up who likes free beer? Hands up who likes free food? Anyone here
 keen on free internet access? Thought so. Here at, we know what                                                                                   Pipi Patch, Paihia
 makes your hearts beat faster than the prospect of flinging yourself off a bridge
                                                                                                                         Enjoy two free beers courtesy of your good friends at As you’re sipping
  with a little bit of elastic tied to your ankles and that’s free stuff! Which is why                                                   your complimentary drinks, please spare us a thought!
 a number of our recommended hostels offer you an assortment of freebies just
                                                                                                                          Remember we always want to hear from you guys, so why not email us a photo of
  for bedding down at their place! Free beers, free food and free internet can all                                       you and your beers to We’ll then put you up on
                              be yours with these vouchers.                                                                                                            for all to see.
   Just print this page off and present the relevant voucher at the reception of                                                                             Have fun and travel safely...
  the hostel. Then hotfoot it to the bar/restaurant/internet cafe bidding a silent
                                                                                                                                  Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer – one voucher per person, per hostel only.
                   thanks to your good mates at…                                                                                    One free beer per person. Offer not available at the Balcony Bar
                                                                                                                                       Authorisation: This voucher has been authorised by Ben Stuart at Beyond Backpackers.

               TWO FREE BEERS!                                                                                                   TWO FREE BEERS!
                                For members who stay at                                                                               For members who stay at

                                            Hot Rock, Rotorua                                                               Auckland Central Backpackers, Auckland, New Zealand
       Enjoy two free beers courtesy of your good friends at As you’re sipping                              Enjoy two free beers courtesy of your good friends at As you’re sipping
                       your complimentary drinks, please spare us a thought!                                                             your complimentary drinks, please spare us a thought!

        Remember we always want to hear from you guys, so why not email us a photo of                                     Remember we always want to hear from you guys, so why not email us a photo of
        you and your beers to We’ll then put you up on                                   you and your beers to We’ll then put you up on
                                                     for all to see.                                                                                                   for all to see.

                                           Have fun and travel safely...                                                                                     Have fun and travel safely...

                Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer – one voucher per person, per hostel only.                      Authorisation: This voucher has been authorised by Ben Stuart of Beyond Backpackers Lodge.
                              One free beer per person. Offer not available at the Balcony Bar                                    Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer – one voucher per person, per hostel only.
                     Authorisation: This voucher has been authorised by Ben Stuart at Beyond Backpackers.
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               TWO FREE BEERS!                                                                                                   TWO FREE BEERS!
                                For members who stay at                                                                               For members who stay at

                 Discovery Lodge, Queenstown, New Zealand                                                                                Kiwi House, Christchurch, New Zealand
       Enjoy two free beers courtesy of your good friends at As you’re sipping                              Enjoy two free beers courtesy of your good friends at As you’re sipping
                       your complimentary drinks, please spare us a thought!                                                              your complimentary drinks, please spare us a thought!

        Remember we always want to hear from you guys, so why not email us a photo of                                     Remember we always want to hear from you guys, so why not email us a photo of
       you and your beers to We’ll then put you up on                                    you and your beers to We’ll then put you up on
                                                     for all to see.                                                                                                   for all to see.

                                           Have fun and travel safely...                                                                                     Have fun and travel safely...

                Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer – one voucher per person, per hostel only.                       Authorisation: This voucher has been authorised by Noriko T. Stoutjesdijk of The Kiwi House.
                              One free beer per person. Offer not available at the Balcony Bar                                    Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer – one voucher per person, per hostel only.
                     Authorisation: This voucher has been authorised by Ben Stuart at Beyond Backpackers.

               TWO FREE BEERS!                                                                                            15 MINUTES FREE INTERNET ACCESS
                                For members who stay at                                                                               For members who stay at

                    Nomads Capital, Wellington, New Zealand                                                                           Nomads Capital, Wellington, New Zealand
       Enjoy two free beers courtesy of your good friends at As you’re sipping                                    Enjoy free internet access courtesy of your good friends at
                       your complimentary drinks, please spare us a thought!                                                As you’re browsing and emailing away, why not drop us a line and and say hi?

        Remember we always want to hear from you guys, so why not email us a photo of                                     Remember we always want to hear from you guys, so why not email us a photo of
       you and your beers to We’ll then put you up on                                    you and your beers to We’ll then put you up on
                                                     for all to see.                                                                                                   for all to see.

                                           Have fun and travel safely...                                                                                     Have fun and travel safely...

                                                                                                                                  Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer – one voucher per person, per hostel only.
                Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer – one voucher per person, per hostel only.
                                                                                                                                   Authorisation: This voucher has been authorised by Shannon Smith at Nomads World Hostels.
                 Authorisation: This voucher has been authorised by Shannon Smith at Nomads World Hostels.
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 Working in New Zealand                                                                                                    Working in New Zealand
Because New Zealand is a natural half-way stopping point for those backpackers making their way round the                                                               Restaurant, hotel and bar work are fairly standard the world
world, it follows that quite a few travellers are running low on cash by the time they get there!                                                                       over. Whether it’s a local pub in Queenstown or a four-star hotel
                                                                                                                                                                        in Auckland, there are jobs aplenty in the hospitality industry.
Working when you’re backpacking, however, isn’t just about earning enough cash to buy a ticket to your next
                                                                                                                                                                        Experience always helps when applying for these, since employers
destination. It’s an experience to work in another country, whether you’re helping to harvest berries near
                                                                                                                                                                        are often looking for staff willing to start yesterday and if you
Taupo(ideally between September and December) or assisting on a sheep farm on the Canterbury plains, you’ll
                                                                                                                                                                        can jump in at the deep end you’ll have the edge on any other
be able to go home and bore all your friends senseless with countless tales of what New Zealand is really like
                                                                                                                                                                        applicants – why not get yourself a part-time bar job in the UK in
(those casual backpackers just don’t have a clue, do they?). It’s exciting, it’s different, and it can earn you money!
                                                                                                                                                                        order to learn the ropes?
What are you waiting for?
                                                                                                                                                                        Farmyard Frolics
Harvest hilarity
                                                                                                                                                                        We know that sounds like a porn title, and we don’t care, so you can
There are crops growing in NZ all year round, so you’ll never find yourself with nowhere to earn. Particularly
                                                                                                                                                                        stop sniggering. One of the best ways to experience genuine Kiwi
popular are Blenheim, 30k south of Picton, and Tauranga, found near Taupo on the North Island. Tauranga is well
                                                                                                                                                                        life is to stay with an NZ family on a farmstay. Available to organize
known for the quality of its Kiwi fruit, while Blenheim has some of the most prestigious vineyards in the country.
                                                                                                                                                                        through the WWoOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) or FHiNZ
We highly recommend fruit-picking as summer work, as you are paid in proportion to the amount you pick,
                                                                                                                                                                        (Farm Helpers in New Zealand), it’s easy to sort out staying a
while in winter the weather is a lot worse and the pay less lucrative.
                                                                                                                                                                        week or more on a Kiwi farm, assisting with livestock, harvest and
                                          Another great spot to visit is Hastings – between the months of October                                                       construction work. The positions are generally unpaid, but in return
                                          and June there are approximately 80,000 job vacancies that need filling.                                                      for your assistance, your host will supply, at minimum, food and a
                                          The peak time for seasonal work is mid-Feburary to early May; it’s the                                                        bed, so it’s a great way to massively reduce the cost of your living
                                          apple-picking season, and it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a job, since                                                  expenses as you move round.
                                          there a projected 50,000 extra workers needed. The work will be hot and
                                                                                                                          Office options
                                          tough, but a good work ethic could see you earning a fair bit of cash. In
                                                                                                                          This is only a practical option when you’re in one of the larger cities of Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch.
                                          the winter months of June to September, jobs are available, although
                                                                                                                          Although positions will be available in smaller communities, it’ll be tough to track them down and much harder
                                          they’re harder to lcate, and you’ll probably be required to stay until the
                                                                                                                          to get them. However, office temp work can frequently pay more than bar work, so it’s definitely worth a look
                                          end of winter. Rather than picking, you’ll be pruing and weeding, so
                                                                                                                          if you’re going to be in the cities for a while. One of the easiest ways of nailing a position is to apply through
                                          don’t expect anything too glamorous.
                                                                                                                          an office temping agency – once you’ve left your details with them, city businesses will ask the agency for the
                                          Harvest work does, of course, depend on the weather. As a general rule,         names of applicants suitable for roles like data-entry or call-centre work. Ensure the agency knows who you are
                                          Kiwi summers are hot and pleasant, but always be prepared for a sharp           by chasing them up and calling them regularly.
                                          downturn in the number of available jobs if the weather gets worse.
                                                                                                                          It isn’t really recommended to bank on finding a job in the extreme sports industry – although it’s big business
Help a hostel                                                                                                             in New Zealand, there’s a lot more competition than in most fields. Even off-peak, it’s very difficult to find a job
It might not be the most glamorous way to pass your time, but you’ll often find hostels offering a free bed for           in Queenstown – one story in the local paper followed a woman that had previously managed two international
the night for anybody willing to muck in with the cleaning and day-to-day running of the establishment. It’s a            five-star hotels, yet was still unable to find a job working in hospitality in the resort in mid-winter! If you’re
great way to operate – you mop some floors, or answer the phone a few times, and you get a free night (saving             desperate to work in Queenstown, get there early and off-peak – spring and autumn are the best times. Be keen
you anything from NZ$20 upwards)! No need to do anything unneccesary, like working too hard or actually                   – follow up applications with phone calls, but avoid being plain pushy.
having to leave the building to earn something.
                                                                                                                          Don’t get too downhearted if you can’t find a job in your first 24
If you’re looking to get some free nights at a hostel, it’s often the smaller, family-run businesses that are more        hours of searching – there will be plenty of other people in your
willing and flexible – some of the chain hostels can have stricter regulations about who does what, so find               situation – vacancies will come and go daily, so be sure to keep
yourself a small and cosy hostel without too many staff, have a chat with them at the front desk and see what             on top of the local jobseekers office and all the noticeboards
comes of it!                                                                                                              you can find on the internet. The city hostels, like Auckland
                                                                                                                          Central, actually have an NZ Job Search centre inside the
                   Hospitality on holiday                                                                                 building, so you’ve really got no excuse not to be completely
                   “Working in a hotel is very rewarding and for someone like me who has never worked in                  up-to-date with all the latest offers. Whatever happens, don’t
                   hospitality before, you will be surprised how quickly you pick up skills, confidence and knowledge     forget that you’re in New Zealand to have fun, not to work – if
                   in the hectic industry. Many of my work experiences from New Zealand have also been valuable in        you find yourself working your third thirty-hour week in a
                   post-university job applications since I have been home.”                                              month, you need to get out and start bungy-jumping from
                   Nina Chell                                                                                             bridges as soon as possible.
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                                                                                                                          Tours and activities
 What Things Cost…                                                                                                        If you’re not careful, this is where all your money will quickly disappear. Because of the sheer number of tours
                                                                                                                          and activities on offer in NZ, it can be very easy to overspend quickly, and spend the last two weeks of your trip
                                                                                                                          living on bread and water and sleeping in a cardboard box. We don’t want that.
What Things Cost…
Haven’t got a clue how much money you’ll need? Use this section to get a rough idea of what to budget per day.            Bus tours, depending on length, can cost between NZ$300 and $1000 – sometimes even more – and activities
Then add a nice chunk for treats (adventure activities, the occasional meal out and gifts for the folks back home),       can cost you anything from $45 for zorbing to $350 and more for a skydive. The best way to approach New
another chunk for emergencies and Bob’s your uncle.                                                                       Zealand is to know what you want to do before you get there. That way, the temptation of just one more rafting
                                                                                                                          trip will have already been overcome prior to arriving in Queenstown, and the money can be spent (far more
As a very rough guide, you’ll get by on less than £20 a day if you stay in hostels, drink water, cook pasta and           sensibly) on a bed for the night.
make your own fun. Double this if you plan to eat out, party hard and jump off things. Most backpackers end up
somewhere between the two.
Accommodation                                                                                                              ROUGH COSTS CHART                                                    Our conversion rate was £1 (GBP) to $2.81 (NZD)
New Zealand has an excellent network of backpacker hostels where the majority of budget travellers choose to
sleep and socialise. As well as a bed, your money will get you access to a kitchen with cooking equipment and
some kind of sociable chill-out area. You may also get breakfast, internet access, discounts on tours, laundry             Product / Item to buy                                                       Price in £GBP        Price in £NZD
facilities, social activities such as barbecues and free use of a swimming pool thrown in, so this is great value for      Loaf of sliced, white bread                                                        £0.60                $1.69
money.                                                                                                                     Big Mac                                                                            £1.58                $4.45
Most people choose to stay in dorms, which sleep between four and 10 people. A bed in a dorm will set you                  A’ handle’ of beer (in a bar)                                                      £1.77                 $5
back around 24 NZ$ (£8) per night. Most hostels also offer double rooms if you’re travelling with your other half          A 6-pack of Heineken beer (6x330ml)                                                £5.33               $15.01
and fancy a bit of ‘couple time’ (nudge nudge). These cost – on average – 65 NZ$ a night (£22, or £11 per person).         1.25 litre of bottled water                                                        £0.66                $1.85
New Zealand also has loads of camp sites, though you may have to look a bit harder to find them. It’s worth it             1 litre bottle of milk                                                             £0.66                $1.85
though – many are in gorgeous, remote locations and fabulously cheap. Expect to pay around 11 NZ$ (£4) per                 8 pack of Coca Cola (375ml cans)                                                   £2.92                $8.23
person per night.                                                                                                          Bag of pasta (500g)                                                                £0.35                $0.99
Food and drink                                                                                                             Chocolate (340g Dairy Milk)                                                        £1.91                $5.39
As a general rule, standard backpacking groceries are slightly cheaper than their British counterparts, so eating          Shampoo (Pantene ‘classic’ 400ml)                                                  £3.46                $9.75
healthy will be easy – don’t forget your five a day! Pasta and rice (staples of the backpacker diet for their price-       Bus ticket for a 5 hour journey (eg Taupo to Auckland)                            £16.32                 $46
to-filling ratio are as inexpensive in NZ as everywhere else, so stocking up on dishes and sauces to go with them
                                                                                                                           Bus ticket for an 10 hour journey (eg Wellington to Auckland)                     £31.58                 $89
always makes good sense. Fast food, such as McD’s or KFC, are around the same price as the UK. Tap water is
safe to drink, but river water rarely is and can be quite dangerous – if you’re off on a day out, make sure to take a      One day’s car hire (if you’re hiring for over a month)                            £12.42                 $35
Platypus water bottle or something similar filled with clean water.                                                        One day’s car hire (if you’re hiring for under a month)                             £16                  $45
                                                                                                                           One day’s camper van hire (low season)                                            £21.29                 $60
The only real horror story to Kiwi prices is their chocolate – it can be up to twice the price of the same bar in
the UK, so it might pay to stock up before you leave (or check out the discount store at the Cadbury factory in            One day’s camper van hire (peak season)                                           £62.10                $175
Dunedin!).                                                                                                                 One litre of petrol                                                                £0.53                $1.50

                                                          Nightlife                                                        Single flight - Auckland to Wellington                                            £40.46                $114
                                                          Unless you’re in one of the bigger cities, like Auckland         Single flight - Auckland to Christchurch                                            £51                 $144
                                                          or Wellington, the club scene in New Zealand isn’t as            Magic Bus Pass (off-peak) - Christchurch to Auckland                               £213                 $600
                                                          obvious as the one back home. Most often, hostels will           Entrance to a nightclub                                                            £3.56                 $10
                                                          have deals with local bars and, because Kiwi beer comes
                                                                                                                           A night in a hostel dorm                                                           £8.52                 $24
                                                          in sensible quantities, rather than pints, you can often
                                                          feel as though you’re being overcharged, depending               Bungy jump (AJ Hackett, Queenstown)                                               £58.55                $165
                                                          on where in the UK you live. NZ$5 is around an average           Tongariro Crossing Hike                                                           £16.32                 $46
                                                          price for a ‘handle’ of beer, which is around 2/3 of a           Glacier Hike (full day)                                                           £53.23                $150
                                                          pint. Whatever you do, remember that clubbing is an              Waitomo Caving Trip                                                                 £32                  $90
                                                          international activity, and it’s often worth the early night
                                                                                                                           Skydiving over Taupo                                                              £88.36                $249
                                                          to do something uniquely Kiwi the following morning,
                                                          instead of lying hungover in the aftermath of a fairly           ‘Hobbiton’ tour from Rotorua                                                        £33                  $93
                                                          uniform night on the town.                                      * All price conversions are approximate for GUIDE ONLY (don’t blame us if slightly wrong!)
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 Adventurous Activities                                                                                                Adventurous Activities
                                                                                                                      4. Scuba diving – Marlborough Sound
                                                                                                                      On the northern coast of the south island, Marlborough Sound is considered New Zealand’s best dive sites. With
                                                                                                                      cave systems near Nelson and wreck diving in the Sound, it’s the total opposite of the Barrier Reef of nearby
                                                                                                                      Australia. Great diving can also be found at Kaikoura, north of Christchurch.
                                                                                                                      5. Skydiving – Nelson/Taupo
                                                                                                                      Regardless of which island you’re exploring, there’s always
                                                                                                                      somewhere a little bit higher to jump from. Various tour
                                                                                                                      operators offer both solo and tandem skydiving, and the Nelson
                                                                                                                      and Taupo sites offer the best of each island. At Nelson you’re
                                                                                                                      granted unbelievable views of the Southern Alps and of the
                                                                                                                      Abel Tasman National Park, while Taupo allows you the vista of
                                                                                                                      the Tongariro National Park, complete with Mount Doom, and
                                                                                                                      an unprecedented view of Lake Taupo, NZ’s largest lake.
                                                                                                                      6. Rock Climbing – Auckland/Arthur’s Pass
                                                                                                                      As you’d expect from a country with more moutains than
                                                                                                                      common sense, there are rock-climbing sites abound all
                                                                                                                      over the country. Auckland will be easily accessible to most
                                                                                                                      backpackers, while Arthur’s Pass, although a little more tricky to
                                                                                                                      get to, offers a higher altitude the substantially better scenery
                                                                                                                      of the Southern Alps. What better way to get high downunder?
                                                                                                                      (Climbing trips usually need to be self-organised; Arthur’s Pass
                                                                                                                      in particular is recommended for experienced climbers only)
                                                                                                                      7. Caving – Nelson/Waitomo
                                                                                                                      It’s been mentioned already, but it must be stressed that the caving in New Zealand is fantastic. Whether it’s
New Zealand is, without a doubt, the extreme sports capital of the world. They invented bungy jumping,                black-water rafting or regular caving/canyoning at Waitomo, the glow-worms will provide you with a memory
zorbing, and plenty of other risky, dangerous, and plain suicidal past-times. We think it’s because they’ve got so    you’ll never forget, while the Takaka cave systems at Nelson are among the longest and deepest in the world –
many mountains – once you’ve climbed all the way up them, the only real option left is to jump off them. The          perfect for the budding explorers out there.
real question is - where are the sites, and can they be fitted into your trip?
                                                                                                                      8. Mountain Biking – Auckland/Rotorua/Queenstown
1. Bungy jump – Queenstown                                                                                            An alternative to descending a mountain that doesn’t involve a terminal velocity or a parachute (for a change),
The appeal of bungy jumping is a constant mystery to most folks. It’s a fancy                                         NZ offers unparalleled mountain biking in the exotic forests of Auckland, the challenge circuits of Rotorua or the
rubber band and a very long way to fall. The AJ Hacketts jump site near                                               alpine ridges of Queenstown. Whatever style pushes your pedal, there’ll be something there for you.
Queenstown was the world’s first bungy site, and has been in business for almost
20 years. At 43 metres it isn’t the tallest, but it’s a piece of history you can’t miss                               9. Hiking – Everywhere
out on.                                                                                                               If you don’t tramp a single route while you’re in
                                                                                                                      New Zealand, you can pretty much consider it
2. Zorbing – Rotorua                                                                                                  a wasted trip. Even going down to the shops in
This is where the latest New Zealand phenomenon began. With sites in England,                                         a rural area feels like the beginning of a great
Australia and the States, the desire to roll down a hill in a ball has clearly been a                                 expedition, and the fantastic thing about this
long-buried facet of the human psyche just waiting to break free. Wet and dry                                         country is that everywhere has something to offer,
rides available to those who enjoy a little variety.                                                                  not just the national parks. The real hikers out there
3. Jetboating - Queenstown                                                                                            should be taking the multiple-day trips in Milford
Queenstown hosts plenty of high-speed sports that don’t involve falling from                                          or Tongariro, but there are plenty of day trips and
things – one of their most popular is a jetboat trip up the Shotover canyon ,                                         tours to secluded spots that’ll still allow you get
including their trademark 360˚ spin to put your adrenaline levels through the roof.                                   as close to nature as you feel necessary. Toilets not
                                                                                                                      necessarily included.
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                                                                                                                         All Great Walk huts are equipped with mattresses, cold water, hand washing, sinks, toilets and heating. In the off-
 The Great Walks                                                                                                         peak season, some huts are not heated or manned, so make sure you plan carefully – it can get very cold! Huts
                                                                                                                         on some routes will have cookers peak-season only, while others are not equipped with cooking facilities at all.
                                                                                                                         Check the DoC website for more up-to-date information.
The Great Walks of New Zealand are rated by the Kiwi Department of Conservation (DoC) as the country’s
premier walking tracks in the best scenery NZ has to offer. Many of them are multi-day routes, but the DoC               1. The Routeburn Track (2 – 3 days, 32km, moderate)
has placed huts at regular intervals along all the routes to prevent the need for hikers to set up tents or light        A moderate track joining Mount Aspiring with the Fiordland National Parks via the Harris Saddle. You’ll see some
campfires in the National Parks.                                                                                         spectacular waterfalls, forest valleys with rich bird life, lakes and some awesome scenery. Considered one of the
                                                                                                                         best tracks on the South Island.
Before setting off along the Milford or Routeburn trails, remember that you’ll need to buy a pass to use the huts
– these routes are heavily populated in the peak season of October to April, and you’ll need to book ahead. Most         2. The Milford Track (5 days, 54km, moderate)
of the huts cost between NZ$20 and $30 per adult per night (although the cost is much lower in the off-peak              One of the most stunning walks in the world, the Milford
season). The Milford Track, however, requires booking all three nights at once at a fee of $120 – it’s the most          Track stretches from Lake Te Anau to Sandfly Point near
expensive Great Walk, and well worth the extra cash.                                                                     Milford Sound. From glacially carved valleys to the alpine
                                                                                                                         waterfalls, the Milford Track is a fantastic 5-day trek
                                                                                                                         (although there’s no walking on the fifth day).
                                                                                                                         3. The Abel Tasman Coastal Track (3 – 5 days, 51km,
     Must-have hiking equipment:
       ● Plenty of food!                                                                                                 An easy/moderate trail through coastal forests and along
                                                                                                                         sandy beaches. All the streams are bridged and it’s a great
       ● Warm clothes (dress in layers)
                                                                                                                         walk for budding hikers.                                                           2 - The Milford Track
       ● A good quality raincoat
                                                                                                                         4. The Heaphy Track (4 – 6 days, 82km, easy)
       ● A fuel stove (where required)
                                                                                                                         Set within the Kahurangi National Park, the Heaphy track is an easy walk of up to 6 days. Tramp from the
       ● Cooking/eating utensils                                                                                         junction of the Brown and Aorere rivers over tussock downs to the forest and rough seas of the western coast.
       ● A pack liner/plastic bags to keep your stuff dry!
                                                                                                                                                                    5. The Tongariro Northern Circuit (4 – 5 days, distance can vary,
       ● Sleeping bag                                                                                                                                               easy/moderate)
       ● Sun screen                                                                                                                                                 Choose between the 7 - 8 hr 17km Tongariro Crossing – the best day
                                                                                                                                                                    hike in NZ – or the 4 - 5 day Tongariro Circuit, which takes you round the
       ● Insect repellent
                                                                                                                                                                    entire National Park. Either way you’ll get stunning views of Mt Tongariro
       ● A torch                                                                                                                                                    and Mt Ngauruhoe, volcanic craters and glacial valleys. Utterly incredible
       ● Matches                                                                                                                                                    – an absolute must if you’ve got good weather following you.
       ● Your camera!                                                                                                                                               6. The Kepler Track (3 – 4 days, 60km, moderate)
                                                                                                                                                                    Rated as moderate, the 60km 3 – 4 day Kepler Track travels through
                                                                                                                                                                    glacial valleys, along lake edges and through beech forest and alpine
                                                                                                                                                                    mountain tops.
                                                                                                                                                                    7. The Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk (3 – 4 days, 46km,
                                                                                                                                                                    Expect to see some incredible forest scenery and there’s plenty of
                                                                                                                                                                    opportunity for swimming and fishing too.
                                                                                                                                                                    8. The Rakiura Track (3 days, 36km, moderate)
                                                                                                                                                                    At 35km the Rakiura route is an easy 3 – day route for anyone of
                                                                                                                                                                    moderate fitness.
                                                                                                                                                                    9. The Whanganui Journey
                                                                                                                                                                    Winding its way down from the mountains to the Tasman Sea, the
                                                                                                                                                                    Whanganui river and trail pass through countless hills and valleys. Thick
                                                                                                                                                                    lowland forest surrounds the river in the middle and lower sections
                                                                                                                                                                    of the track, as you’ll be trekking through the middle of Whanganui
                                                                                                                               5 - The Tongariro Northern Circuit   National Park.
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 Travelmates                                                                                                             Keeping in Touch
The trouble with New Zealand is that, no matter                                                                         Mobile phones
how appealing it sounds, it’s a bloody long way                                                                         As with most things, apart from maybe decent tea and
away and it does take a lot of effort to get yourself                                                                   the ability to pronounce words properly, they have mobile
there. Although you may start with a few of you                                                                         phones in New Zealand too.
who are dead set on spending part of their gap
                                                                                                                        If you just want to make calls within NZ, then you can take
year in NZ, lots of less committed souls will fall
                                                                                                                        your phone from home (make sure it’s unlocked) and buy a
by the wayside. It’s very common for one person
                                                                                                                        Kiwi SIM card when you get there..
from a group to be left thinking their travel plans
are in ruins because all their mates have pulled                                                                        If you want to use your mobile to call home, or if you want
out with not long to go.                                                                                                a mobile you can use everywhere on your round the world
                                                                                                                        trip, then you should look into buying a backpacker’s SIM
If that sounds like you and despite everyone
                                                                                                                        card. We think that generally the best one is from go-sim,
saying ‘it’s really easy to meet people out there’,
                                                                                                                        but obviously you should shop around to see what suits
don’t panic. For the last four years we’ve been
                                                                                                                        you best.
running a very successful find a travelmate service
for the many, many people in your situation.                                                                            Cheap international calls
                                                                                                                        How these work is that you / your parents / your friends set
                                                                                                                        up an account which you can access through your home
 Here are a few simple tips to help you find the perfect travelmate:                                                    phone. Using Planet Talk as an example again - when you
                                                                                                                        sign up you have to put a minimum of £10 in the account.
1. Post a message                                                                                                       You are then issued with a prefix number that you dial from
Travelmates works on the messageboard system. You post a message telling people who you are and where                   your home phone before you dial the international number
you’re going. While there are loads of people on there for you to choose from, the chances are that your new            e.g. 1833. Calls are then charged at a cheap rate e.g. calls to
best friend is just browsing the boards too and hasn’t posted already. Don’t be shy!                                    New Zealand at about 5p per minute. You may be charged
                                                                                                                        a small connection fee on each call, so read the small print.
2. Upload a photo
Uploading a photo to your profile means you’ll have a much better chance of being contacted by an ideal                 Email
travelmate. Our statistics show you’ll improve your chances by, oh, let’s say about a billion per cent. It’s so much    We are assuming that you all have email addresses. All we would suggest is that you change your name to a
easier to send a message to someone if you know what they look like. Once you’re a member of the site you can           sensible one if you’re worried that your granny might be offended by the public display of your sexual prowess
do this easily from your profile.                                                                                       hidden in your Hotmail name! Web-based accounts like Hotmail and gmail are obviously essential.
3. Be clear about where you’re going and what you want to do                                                            Useful tips
Whatever you do, don’t post vaguely looking for a travelmate when you haven’t even decided where you’re                  ● Send yourself emails full of useful info, such as addresses, dates, phone numbers, insurance details, details
going. It just looks like you’re lazy as hell and are looking for someone to organise your whole trip and drag you         of valuable stuff that might get damaged / stolen e.g. camera etc.
around New Zealand by the ear. In essence, you’ll sound like a complete nightmare. Work out where you want
                                                                                                                         ● Take time to set up your email address book properly with birthdays, addresses etc.
to go and be clear about the sort of things you’ll want to be doing. It all gives you a better chance of finding the
sort of travelmate who’ll help to make it a trip of a lifetime.                                                          ● Clear space now whilst you’re not paying internet café rates. Save important stuff on your home PC

4. Be sensible                                                                                                          Instant Messenger
All members are wonderful people, we want to hold your collective hands and skip carefree along             Nothing better than speaking live to mates who are working or studying whilst you are in an internet café
the beach. However, you should always exercise a bit of caution when meeting up with somebody off a website,            overlooking the Remarkables!
however wonderful/invaluable/genius that website may be. It’s all quite simple, just make sure somebody
                                                                                                                        Microsoft MSN Passport
knows where you’re going, who you’re meeting and when you expect to be back. Oh, and if you do have a lot of
                                                                                                                        This is the most popular Instant Messenger. Remember to get it set up properly now whilst you have the time.
fun and decide to stay a bit later, let that person know…
                                                                                                                        Get all your mates on it and personalise it as you want.
                                                                                                                        Yahoo! Messenger
                                                                                        FOR MORE INFO GO TO:            If your mates all Yahoo, probably best to go with this. Remember to get it set up properly now whilst you have
                                                                                       the time. Get all your mates on it and personalise it as you want.
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                        plan your route...
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 Route Builder Map (example)
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 Route Builder Map




                                                                                New Plymouth



                                                                                                               Palmerstown North

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                                                                                                Around the World Planner
                                                                                               Organising a trip around the world isn’t as hard as it seems, but there’s lots to think
                                                                                               about and it can seem daunting at first. That’s why we have created this planner, it
                                                                                               takes you step-by-step through everything you need to sort out, points you in the
                                                                                               right direction at every turn and generally makes life easier.
       3. Read our user’s recommendations             4. Start planning your travels
                                                                                               No pressure or anything, you don’t have to download it, but, well, we did make it
                                                                                               especially for you! You’ll find it in the Planners section of

                                                                                                Around the World: Beginners Guide to RTW Tickets
                                                                                               Written by our staff at, this short guide is the simplest way to get a
                                                                                               grasp of what round the world tickets and how they work.
                                                                                               They may look a bit complicated at first, but they are actually a piece of piss once
                                                                                               you understand them; be sure to read on for a quick run down. This guide can be
                                                                                               found the User Guides and Articles section under “Around the World Guides.”

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