Working Holiday

New Zealand by the Month: May 2016

I’m recapping every month I spend in New Zealand while here on my working holiday. I’ll be rounding out my thoughts thus far, what I’ve done, and (most importantly) my monthly budget. Check my March & April recaps and then come back here for May!

What Happened:

I can’t believe I’m already writing up my third monthly recap here in New Zealand. It’s hard to believe I’ve been here that long, or that I’ve already started and finished a 2-month job. I spent all of May mostly the same way I spent April: working 6 days a week at Hot Water Beach and spending my day off in Hahei. Once again, nothing much to report on.


Looking Forward:

I had planned to spend the month of June roadtripping around the South Island with a friend. Plans have changed, of course, and I’m not 100% sure what the new plans are. I’m currently in Rotorua to spend a few days exploring geysers and hot springs and thermal things. The “plan” is to meet up with my friend next week and adventure around the North Island for the rest of the month, but I don’t really know what else lies ahead for me.

And so the next leg of my New Zealand journey begins…


Monthly Budget:

Cell Plan & Data: $60 NZD / $40 USD

Wifi: $120 NZD / $81 USD

Toiletries: $50 NZD / $34 USD

Groceries: $257 NZD / $174 USD

Rent: $150 NZD / $102 USD

Total Spent: $637 NZD / $433 USD

I’m changing the way I do my monthly budgets from now on. Instead of doing starting/ending totals and how much I earned, I am just going to do a list of expenses. Still gives you all of the info you need. What do you guys think?

Note: I spent way too much on cell data and wifi this past month. I just had a lot of internet stuff to do (and no real life stuff to do). Other than that, I think living on $433 USD a month is not so bad.


May Blog Posts:

Scenes From the Ranch

Humid in Auckland

Visiting Cathedral Cove

Home in Hahei

Another Look at Teton Village: A Stroll at Dusk

Hot Water Beach


New Zealand by the Month May 2016

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