Travelling New Zealand on a budget

Kia Ora budget travelers! So, you've decided to embark on an epic adventure in the Land of the Long White Cloud, aka - New Zealand. But hey, who says you need to break the bank to have a good time, right? Welcome to your ultimate guide to exploring New Zealand without selling your soul to the money gods.


1. Getting Around 

First things first – transportation. Now, you might be tempted to splurge on a fancy camper van, but why spend your hard-earned cash when you can hop on the bus like a true budget warrior? Kiwi Experience and InterCity buses are your best mates for getting from A to B without maxing out your credit card. Use the “hop on hop off” options for more flexibility. We have an Intercity bus stop right in front of us! Easy! Plus, you'll get bonus points for mastering the art of sleeping upright.

2. Sleep Tight, Save Right

Now, let's talk about finding a comfortable place to relax after a full-on day of exploration. Forget fancy pants hotels – backpackers are where the real party's at. Grab yourself a bunk bed, make some new mates from around the globe, and embrace the communal kitchen life. Don’t forget to ask our hostel staff for weekly discounted rates for extra savings!

3. Eating on a Budget

Feeling peckish? Say no more, fam. Forget fancy restaurants – it's all about DIY dining on the cheap. Hit up the local supermarket, stock up on instant noodles, and get creative with your culinary skills. Tip: every supermarket has a discount section at the end of the day, with almost expired items. 

4. Freebie Fun Times

Some of the best things in life are free, right? Beach bumming, forest frolicking, and waterfall chasing are all on the agenda – no admission fee required. Have you ventured up Mauao summit yet? And did you know that we're located on the beach voted the best in New Zealand? 

5. Work Hard, Play Harder

For those keen on stretching their stay, why not pick up some casual work along the way? Fruit picking, hospo and odd jobs await the adventurous traveller. Ask our staff to help you find your match – we have been helping our guests find jobs for 2 decades and have an onsite job board.

6. Keep It Simple, Keep It Cheap

Last but not least, remember the golden rule of budget travel: keep it simple, keep it cheap. Pack light, skip the fancy tours, and embrace the spontaneity of the open road. Participate in our weekly social events; you might be lucky to find yourself lifelong mates to travel with. After all, it's not about how much money you spend – it's about the memories you make along the way.


So what are you waiting for? Come and visit Mount Maunganui and stay in our awesome Mount Maunganui hostel it!

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