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Guide to Backpacking New Zealand

New Zealand may seem an expensive country to visit, but with a bit of planning and budgeting, it’s absolutely possible to plan for a backpacking trip to New Zealand on a budget. These adventures will take you through great travel stories, making new friends, and truly unforgettable experiences.

The Weather

The ideal weather for traveling to New Zealand is in summer. You might be surprised by the fact that November to March is the month of summer! Winter is from May to August. Summer is more ideal because of the mild temperature. Traveling and hiking are a lot easier in this comfortable climate.

Where to stay?

If you are not too picky, you may like to stay in hostels. They are not only inexpensive but also an exciting place to meet other like-minded travelers who are on an adventure just as you are. Also, if you travel alone, you don’t have to choose expensive hotels with frills you don’t use, but without any edgy experience of backpacking. You may even find a buddy to go backpacking through New Zealand together!

Why New Zealand?

Your interests may vary, but the enchanting scenery of this country is breathtaking. You can go through the pictures available on the internet. Trust me, they are mesmerizing. If you are still looking for inspiration, we can help you find those reasons – and you should be ready to plan the perfect trip to New Zealand.

Adventure on the Exquisite Landscapes

The wide range of landscapes in this lovely country will never disappoint you. Catapulted to fame by the dramatic scenery in pop film ‘Lord of the Rings’, New Zealand is more than just a movie set you can only dream about. New Zealand is every outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Scale the mountains South Island, ride the high and wild waves on the coast, or get that adrenaline rush from bungee jumping in Queenstown. And once you tire of that, head for a bike ride, kayaking or take a couple of unique hikes until your sore muscles cry out for some rest!


New Zealand’s Māori culture is an quintessential part of Kiwi life and adds a burst of unique experience for travellers. The ideal place to observe Māori culture is on a marae (tribal meeting grounds). In Northland, Auckland, Rotorua and Canterbury, organised tours will offer you an exclusive traditional Māori welcome onto a marae. Here, you’ll experience Māori singing, view carved meeting houses, meet and mingle with the local people and (perhaps the best part), you’ll enjoy a hāngī feast baked in traditional earth ovens. Remember to book your tour early.

Is it safe for hitchhiking?


Travelers are often worried about this. By and large, people here are friendly, and hitching a ride is legal and relatively safe. Hitchhiking is extremely popular amongst backpackers in this country, and especially in the South Island. You might want to leave your accommodation early (before check out time)  early before hostel checkout times (usually 10pm) to avoid ‘competition’ with other hitchhikers. An upside of hitching a ride – you’ll get to live like the locals as you will very likely receive many invitations to parties and homes. If you’re still concerned about safety, you can always opt for affordable public transport.

You are backpacking through New Zealand this one time, make it count! Budget your trip and plan for the experiences you’re excited about, but leave some to chance. Some of the best travel experiences are discovered that way. Are you inspired on a backpacking trip of New Zealand yet? Travel till your shoes wear out!



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