New Zealand by the Month: September 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 September!

What Happened:

Another month on Hot Water Beach has come and gone. The days pass so quickly around here! I’m two months down with four more to go.

I’ve managed to get my bank account back to an acceptable level so now I’m happy that I can just keep saving, saving, saving over the next few months for future travels.

I don’t have much to update on since my days are all very routine. I wake up early, work, shower, make my dinner, read, work on my blog, watch Netflix…the constant rain has kept me indoors this winter.

I recently wrote about why I almost left New Zealand early, and some thoughts about my time here. Read it for more insight to what’s happened this past month.

Keep reading to see my monthly budget

Looking Forward:

I’m looking forward to saving as much money as possible in the next four months! I’ll mostly have my head down and just be working, which means there won’t be any traveling. But working non-stop now means lots of funds to travel later.

Speaking of, is it too soon to start planning my next few countries? No, of course not! I’ll be leaving New Zealand in February or March 2017, and I think it’s time I start putting solid plans in place and decide where to go next. I have some ideas already…

Spring is officially here in New Zealand. I’m excited for sunny days on the beach and summer nights with wine. I may not be able to get far, but that won’t be such a bad thing when I live where people vacation. I’m also excited to be able to talk about summer & nice weather while everyone on the other side of the world starts to welcome winter…it’s only fair, since I had to hear about everyone’s summer while I was stuck in winter. #SouthernHemisphereProblems

Monthly Budget:

Accommodation: $120 NZD / $87 USD

Food: $336 NZD / $245 USD

Toiletries: $33 NZD / $24 USD

Wifi: $80 NZD / $58 USD

Medical: $120 NZD / $81 USD

Total Spent: $689 NZD / $502 USD

How sad is it that I paid less for a doctor’s visit & prescription as a non-citizen in New Zealand than I would back home in the U.S. with health insurance? Very.

September Blog Posts:

A Guide to Napier, New Zealand: I spent a full week in the seaside city of Napier and I absolutely fell in love with it. Art deco, design, wine, beautiful views, cafes…it has everything I look for in a city. Check my full guide for recommendations.

6 Months in New Zealand + Why I Almost Left: I’ve officially been in New Zealand for 6 months so I did some reflecting. The title is pretty self-explanatory. ..

6 Free Things to Do in Rotorua: Rotorua is a major tourist town here in New Zealand. It’s easy to spend money there, but I made a list of 6 really cool things you can do without spending any money.

The Centre of New Zealand: This is a great walk to do in Nelson, on the South Island of New Zealand.

A few Place of Interest posts: City Gallery, Cafe Panama, and Te Papa (all in Wellington)


New Zealand by the Month September 2016 // Travel Daze

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By Courtney Minor

Wandering around and writing about it.

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