New Zealand is a quite expensive country. All in all, my eight-weeks long stay did cost me some 6730,– Euros – less then expected/feared, but still quite a lot.
|Stay||Accommodation||1 011,59 EUR|
|Food||1 090,60 EUR|
|Transport||1 040,23 EUR|
|Other||1 096,27 EUR|
|Flights||Long-haul flight||1 287,29 EUR|
|Domestic flights (between North and South Islands)||262,88 EUR|
|Cancelation of stay in Dubai||145,42 EUR|
|Luxury||Siberia Experience||197,03 EUR|
|Whanganui River Journey||416,31 EUR|
|Other||International Driver's License||21,60 EUR|
|Neck cushion||9,51 EUR|
|Transit Dubai (Food)||23,89 EUR|
|Total||6 731,62 EUR|
This results in average daily expenses of 75,69 EUR. Compared to last time (with a daily average of 52,43 EUR), this seems to be quite excessive. However, the exchange rate was quite different: Four years ago, one Euro was worth 2,36 NZD (on average), whereas this time, it was worth only 1,57 NZD – a huge difference! Therefore, the whole picture changes when looking at the daily expenses in New Zealand Dollars:
|2008/09||29,14 NZD||14,65 NZD||28,92 NZD||65,89 NZD||123,96 NZD|
|2013||27,99 NZD||30,54 NZD||28,64 NZD||30,27 NZD||117,44 NZD|
So, I even spent less this year compared to my last stay! Only for food, my expenses increased considerably. This is mainly due to the fact that I needed to buy special products (free from wheat, cow's milk, soy, etc.), which are extremely expensive. Moreover, this time, I did not always choose the cheapest product, but also bought e.g. (more expensive) organic food.
The main difference, however, is in the activities I did: This year, I mainly went hiking (which is, apart from transport to/from the trail heads, basically free). Last time, I also did quite a few tours. For these, the costs did add up quite quickly.