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 , May , & June recaps and then come back here for July!
I spent the first 2 weeks of June exploring a tiny portion of the South Island, including Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park, and the Buller Region of the West Coast. I did a lot of hiking in those 2 weeks, which felt incredible. I hadn’t done much hiking yet in New Zealand, so it was nice to get back outside and move.
I then spent 2 1/2 weeks in Picton, the little town where the ferries come in from the North Island. I was hostel-sitting/cat-sitting while the owners were away, so I had a free place to stay in exchange for some work. I spent most of that time working on the blog, a lot of it behind-the-scenes. I was lucky to have had beautiful weather in Picton most of the time I was there; even so, I didn’t do all of the walks I had hoped I would.
And to end the month of July, I made way back to Hot Water Beach! I didn’t think I’d end up back here so soon–I figured if I did come back at all, it would be in the height of summer, not the tail-end of winter. But I’m here. I needed a job and they welcomed be back with open arms, while other places in New Zealand still aren’t hiring just yet.
I’m not sure how long I’ll be working at HWB this time around. I believe my visa technically only allows me to work for the same employer for a total of 6 months, which leaves me 4 more months. I’m not totally sure if I want to stay that long, but I am looking to focus the next few months on saving up money. I just know that I’m happy to have a paying job, a place to live, and time to work on the blog and other projects–and time to plan my next adventure!
Accommodation: $431 NZD / $310 USD
Transportation: $281 NZD / $202 USD
Food: $317 NZD / $228 USD
Activities: $128 NZD / $92 USD
Toiletries: $27 NZD / $19 USD
Books: $45 NZD / $32 USD
Mobile Plan: $20 NZD / $14 USD
Total Spent: $1,249 NZD / $900 USD
Well, I spent almost half as much in July as I did in June, so that’s a good start. While $12oo NZD still sounds like a lot to me, it’s actually pretty good for a full month–although half was spent traveling and half was spent sitting in one place without many expenses. Which brings me to my ultimate recommendation for traveling in New Zealand: use work exchange/woofing to your advantage. There are so many opportunities in NZ and it’s just about the only way to travel here on a budget.
Now I get to settle in for a few months and save up more money, so I’m feeling quite relieved.
July Blog Posts:
Wai-O-Tapu: New Zealand’s Thermal Wonderland: A photo diary from my (foggy) day at Wai-O-Tapu, just outside of Rotorua. This place is filled with incredible geological and thermal features.
Rotorua’s Government Gardens: A place of interest in Rotorua–a free park with beautiful gardens, art, and museums.
Staying at Haka Lodge Taupo: A review of my time at Haka Lodge, a “flashpackers” hostel in Taupo.
Napier: The Art Deco City: An essay and photo diary about the art deco architecture of Napier.
MTG Hawke’s Bay: A place of interest in Napier. The Museum/Theatere/Gallery has great exhibits on art and the Hawke’s Bay earthquake of 1931.
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