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11 Ways to Save Money and Stretch those Dollars Further

Make the most of this precious gold!

With so many fun adrenalin-pumping activities, vibrant eateries and bars, and souvenir jade necklaces to buy for all your family, it is easy to see those dollars slip away from your bank account. Here are our ways of saving the cents while backpacking in New Zealand.

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1. It’s who you know…

We don’t want to say sponge off other people but… splitting groceries or laundry with a friend, using the perks of a friend’s job at a bar for a sneaky free drink, knowing someone with a car… there are these little perks of making new friends while you are backpacking or staying somewhere in New Zealand for a working holiday. As any decent human being would do, try to return favours.

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2. Make your own meals

While you eat away at your restaurant and takeaway food, the food is eating away at your bank account. Buying from a supermarket and cooking in your hostel or flat is much cheaper. For inspiration on what to cook, see: 10 Meals Easy to Cook in a Hostel.

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3. Use discounts

When you stay somewhere for a while make sure to keep an eye out for discounts in leaflets, newsletters, loyalty cards and online.

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4. WWOOFing

A way of experiencing New Zealand while mingling with some locals is through WWOOFing. With WWOOFing you get free accommodation and meals in exchange for work.

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5. Take cheaper transport options

Using the inner city bus links, Intercity Coachlines and flights can be cheaper than taxis and fuelling a car for long journeys, as the average price of petrol is 223.9c per litre and diesel 149.9c per litre (July 2014).

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6. Save megabytes and save money

Free WiFi spots are hard to come by in New Zealand, so make the most of it when you have it. Otherwise, keep an eye on mobile data and use megabytes sparingly.

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7. Do you really need to do every activity?

New Zealand has so much to offer in terms of activities, it’s hard to not sign up for everything (especially if you are on a hop on hop off bus). Make a plan of things you really want to do and stick to it.

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8. Go for a walk

Trust us, going for a walk in New Zealand is a really good and free way to spend your time. For landscapes like this:

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9. Find a travel buddy

Having someone to travel with means you can split the cost of food, transportation, get a cheaper shared room when flatting – just flatting in general tends to be a cheaper accommodation option for a long-term stay. Additionally, make the most of 2-for-1 deals on activities.

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10. Work for accommodation

Most hostels in New Zealand look for people to work in the hostel in exchange for a bed. This might include housekeeping, cleaning or working at reception.

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11. Find a hostel with good perks

Perks might include free cycle hire to go exploring. A few hostels in East Cape, North Island will let you borrow a kayak, so take your exploration to the waters. Look out for those little extra comforts such as free breakfast and dinner or steam room and spa.

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