New Zealand by the Month: October 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 October!

What Happened:

I never planned to spend so much time in one place while here in New Zealand. I’ve now spent 5 months total living and working here on Hot Water Beach–that’s like, totally crazy to me. It’s been year since I’ve stayed in one place for so long. Granted, I did take a two month break, but still…

I’ve just been working. The weather has gotten much better over the last few weeks, so instead of constant rain, we’ve had a lot of sunshine! I’ve had more opportunity to go out and see some new places in the area. I really can’t wait to create a guide to my favorite spots for you guys.

Looking Forward:

I laugh every time I say this, but…I’ve had a change of plans! I will be leaving Hot Water Beach sooner than expected. I’ve thought about it a lot over the past few weeks and I’ve decided it’s just about time to leave. There’s so much of New Zealand I have yet to see. I don’t want to leave the country at the end of my year and realize I never experienced much of it.

So now I’m in the midst of figuring out what I’m going to do next. I think I’ll be headed to the South Island in December, but nothing is set in stone. I’m excited to see where I end up!

Monthly Budget:

Accommodation: $120 NZD / $86 USD

Groceries: $352 NZD / $252 USD

Food & Drink: $36 NZD / $25 USD

Toiletries: $40 NZD / $29 USD

Wifi: $80 NZD / $57 USD

Total Spent: $628 NZD / $450 USD

October Blog Posts:

How I Spent 3 Days in Vegas for Under $300: I shared some budget travel tips to show you exactly how I took a trip to Las Vegas for less than $300 (including airfare).

Finding Peace of Mind in Picton: I spent 3 weeks in the town of Picton this past July. This is a quick photo diary/journal about my time there.

Hiking the Abel Tasman Coast Track: Bark Bay to Anchorage: I did a day hike in the Abel Tasman National Park, here on New Zealand’s South Island. I wrote (a lot) about the hike & shared my favorite photos.

Exploring Wellington’s Oriental Bay: A photo diary showing off Wellington’s Oriental Bay neighborhood.

New Zealand by the Month: October 2016

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By Courtney Minor

Wandering around and writing about it.

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