New Zealand by the Month: November 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 November!

What Happened:

This past month has been pretty full. Full of fun, friends, work, stress, and planning…well, sort of planning…? This was my final month at Hot Water Beach. Last time I left here back in June, I didn’t think I’d come back. I spent another 4 months here though, and this time I DEFINITELY will not be returning. Not because I don’t love it, but because it’s just time to move on and see other places.

I spent a lot of time with friends from work, all of whom are also on a working holiday. It’s nice to find a community of people you can relate to when you’re living in another country. We all spent a lot of time at the local winery, drinking and laughing and enjoying ourselves.

I also got to celebrate Thanksgiving! I was happy to show my friends what we do on Thanksgiving, which is basically just cooking and eating a lot. I mad some of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes, and friends contributed other types of food as well. It wasn’t very traditional, but it was really good to share the holiday with new friends.

Overall, I really enjoyed my final month here, although I really can’t wait to move on to the next adventure!

Looking Forward:

I’ll be leaving the beautiful Coromandel in about a week. I’m terrible at making plans, mostly because I don’t like committing to things. But since I’ll be traveling with a couple of friends, they’ve made plans for me! We’ll heading up to Auckland for a couple of days, and then taking the train to Wellington. The scenic train rides are one of the things I really wanted to do while here in New Zealand, so I’m excited to see the North Island from a new perspective.

Once I hit Wellington, I’ll be spending another week there in a private apartment. I love Wellington, having visited two times already. There’s still so much I want to do there, though, so I will definitely keep busy. That’s as far as my plans go, but I will most likely head to the South Island straight away. After that, I’ll just be traveling by instinct.

Monthly Budget:

Accommodation: $120 NZD / $86 USD

Groceries: $284 NZD / $203 USD

Restaurants: $70 NZD / $50 USD

Drinks: $155 NZD / $110 USD

Toiletries: $45 NZD / $32 USD

Wifi: $40 NZD / $28 USD

Transportation: $32 NZD / $23 USD

Total Spent: $746 NZD / $533 USD

November Blog Posts:

Queens Gardens // Nelson, NZ: A place of interest post focusing on the Queens Gardens in Nelson. I really loved the Chinese Garden here. This free park is a good way to pass some time in town.

Charleston Caves: A Glowworm Cave Tour on New Zealand’s South Island. Most people think of the Waitomo Caves when they’re looking for glowworms, but this cave is another great option. The tour guides are super friendly and knowledgeable, and the cave is absolutely incredible.

TripInn Hostel // Westport, NZ: The TripInn YHA Hostel is probably my favorite hostel so far here in New Zealand. While the town of Westport itself isn’t that interesting, the hostel is a great place to stay.

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By Courtney Minor

Wandering around and writing about it.

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