New Zealand by the Month: August 2016

I’m recapping every month I spend in New Zealand while here on my working holiday. I’ll be rounding out my thoughts, writing about what I’ve done the past month, and (most importantly) I’ll be posting my monthly budget. Check my previous recaps and then come back here for August!

What Happened:

As I mentioned last month, fate (or money) has brought me back to Hot Water Beach to take my old job back. A month has passed already, and I’m pretty content right now with life here. I’ve got my little cabin, I work 6 days a week, and I’ve got a routine down to keep the days passing. When I was planning my trip to New Zealand, I never imagined I’d spend so much time in one tiny little spot of this country, but here I am!

It’s still winter here, so there’s been a lot of rainy days–and when it rains, it pours. In fact, it pours for days at a time. Luckily there will be less rain as Spring starts to make its way in.

This past month I’ve had plenty of time to work on the blog, write new posts, and implement some changes. I can’t wait to keep sharing more of my adventures with you guys.

Keep reading to see my monthly budget

Looking Forward:

I believe that when I originally applied for my working holiday visa, there was a rule in place that only allowed me to work for one employer for a total of 6 months. They’ve change that rule since then (for U.S. citizens), so it seems I can stay at one job as long as I want, as long as I don’t take up permanent work.

So now I’m thinking I’ll continue to work here through summer (December/January). It’s a LONG time for me to stay in one place (especially one place where I can’t get around or do much of anything), but I’m comfortable here. I like the job, and the idea of looking for work somewhere else later in the year is way too stressful. I am really focused on saving money so I can continue to travel after I leave New Zealand early next year.

September will be the start of Spring here in the Southern Hemisphere, so I’m excited to finally get away from winter after accidentally chasing it for most of the past year! September will also bring more changes to the blog, many of which are currently in progress.

Monthly Budget:

Accommodation: $120 NZD / $87 USD

Transportation: $20 NZD /  $14 USD

Food: $297 NZD / $215 USD

Toiletries: $50 NZD / $36 USD

Clothing: $65 NZD / $47 USD

Wifi: $140 NZD / $101 USD

Total Spent: $692 NZD / $500 USD

Wifi is so expensive here and I use a lot of it (blogging and Netflix). Also, I easily spend $75-$100 NZD on food every week. I don’t know if that’s because I eat too much or if it’s just because food is more expensive, but…I eat everything I buy so I allow myself to spend the money regardless. The clothing expenses were replacements for the things I wore out (sneakers, fleece jacket, leggings, socks). I can’t say that $500 USD for one month of living is so bad, but my “Total Spent” number just never seems low enough!

August Blog Posts:

Sunken Gardens // Napier, NZ: The Sunken Gardens are set right in town along the Marine Parade. They’re a quiet retreat in the midst of the city.

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Glacier National Park: Continuing my series (along with Grand Teton and Yellowstone), the title explains it all. Glacier National Park is absolutely stunning!

Another Look at Las Vegas // Downtown After Dark: Revisiting my time in Las Vegas earlier this year. A photo essay showing the lights of Downtown Vegas.

How to Apply for a U.S. Passport: If you’re a U.S. citizen looking to apply for your first passport, read this simple step-by-step guide!

Wellington Museum // Wellington, NZ: This (free) museum showcases the capital city of New Zealand.

New Zealand Adventures // 2 Months on the Road: I wrote an essay about the two months I spent roaming around New Zealand (June/July). It’s a bit long but it brings together all of the other things I’ll be posting over the next few months.

A Quick Guide to Taupo, NZ (in the off-season): Taupo is mainly thought of as a summer destination, but there is still plenty to do in the off-season too.

New Zealand by the Month August 2016

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By Courtney Minor

Wandering around and writing about it.

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