New Zealand: more affordable than you think

Tuesday, 6th June 2017

Destination Specialist

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For many people New Zealand is seen as an aspirational destination, a way of spending the kids’ inheritance on a once-in-a-lifetime epic holiday. But, thanks to its compact size and diverse topography, it’s surprisingly easy to see many of the country’s highlights in just a couple of weeks…and for under £2,000!

Booking early is advisable, to ensure you secure the best-priced accommodation and lowest available airfares. And by travelling outside the peak summer season your NZ dollars may go further than you think!

Of course, if you are able to stretch your time and budget a little further, then you can start to explore in more depth and add in a selection of incredible excursions and experiences to create one unforgettable holiday. Read on for our recommendations.

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  • 2 weeks for under £2,000pp: Essential New Zealand
    This affordable 2-week holiday follows a classic touring route with time available for independent exploration of some of New Zealand’s key regions, including Rotorua and Queenstown.
    Flight exclusive price starting from £1,135 per person
  • 3 weeks for under £3,000pp: New Zealand by Motorhome
    Hit the open road and enjoy exploring NZ from the comfort of a motorhome. All campsites will be pre-booked, interspersed with a few motel stays along the way.
    Flight exclusive price starting from £2,843 per person
  • 4 weeks for under £4,000pp: Spectacular North and South
    This leisurely self-drive features a number of excursions, including a memorable cruise on Milford Sound and the chance to explore Rotorua’s Orakei Korako geothermal valley.
    Flight exclusive price starting from £2858 per person

Our Top Money-Saving Tips:

  • Book early to secure the best prices
  • Travel in the shoulder seasons of Sep-Oct and April-May
  • Consider an escorted tour such as New Zealand Rail, Cruise & Coach – whilst the initial holiday price will be higher than a self-drive, most meals and excursions are already included, making it much easier to budget your holiday spending money
  • Make the most of free activities – whether it’s a visit to Wellington’s excellent Te Papa Museum or a day spent hiking, soaking up NZ’s spectacular scenery
  • Stay as long as possible – if you don’t, you’ll just want to go back again next year!

Feeling inspired?

To start planning your New Zealand holiday, contact our Kiwi Travel Specialists who can share their expertise and make recommendations suitable to your interests, timeframe and budget.

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