Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Budget for 20 days on New Zealand's South Island: Route, Car Rental & Accommodation

·      $0: Couchsurfed in Christchurch, Kaipoura, and Nelson
·      $0: Carpark for non-contained vehicles near Lake Rotori
·      $18 pppn: Punakaiki Campsite
·      $32 pppn: Glowworm Hostel in Franz Josef
·      $36 pppn: Base Hostel in Wanaka 
·      $25 pppn based on 4 sharing: Wanaka Lakeview Holiday Park
·      $24 pppn based on 4 sharing: (x 2 nights): Te Anau Kiwi Holiday Park
·      $30 pppn: (x 5 nights): Nomads Hostel in Queenstown
·      $0: Carpark near Lake Ohau
·      $28 pppn based on 3 sharing: High Country Lodge and Backpackers Motel in Twizel 
·      $7 pppn: Carpark in Mount Summers
·      $34 pppn (x 2 nights): Urbanz Accommodation in Christchurch
= $388 (£200) for 20 nights accommodation on the South Island.

Note, to rent a car if you choose not to take the full insurance policy offered by Jucy you will need a credit card as they will hold $2,000 for a car, or $3,000 for a campervan. The insurance they offer you is insanely expensive ($25 per day) so it's best to find an online insurance company to cover the excess for you should you get into an accident. I used the website: www.worldwideinsure.com but fortunately I didn't have to claim so I have no idea how 'good' they are.

First rental
·      $252 (£130) Car Rental for 9 nights/ 10 days from Christchurch to Queenstown. Free upgrade from their cheapest model to the compact model as they had run out of their cheap option. 
·      $52 (£27) insurance.
·      $365 (£189) on fuel - note, drove 2,600 kms (1,600 miles)
·      = $669 (£345) for 10 days of car rental via Jucy on the South Island.
o   But, I split some of these costs with another person, then when another 2 joined us we split fuel with them too so I ended up personally spending $365 (£180). 
§  Note to self: $185 of the fuel was shared with just Aimia ($92.50 each), then $180 was shared between four of us ($45 each), and $17.50 was spent just by me as I had to drive to see if I could find my purse.

Note, spent 4 days in Queenstown just enjoying it without a car then...

Second rental
·      $144 (£74) Car Rental for 5 nights/ 6 days from Queenstown to Christchurch.
·      $35 (£18) deluxe insurance.
·      $142 (£74) on fuel - forgot to note kms.
·      = $321 (£165) for 6 days of car rental via Jucy on the South Island.
o   But, I split some of these costs with 2 others so I ended up personally spending $107 (£56).

I worked out I spent roughly £385 in 10 days, that includes most of the first car rental (£135), accommodation for the first 10 days (£82 worth), £12 Milford sound, £18 sleeping bag and coat, £22 on alcohol (2 bottles of cider at $10 each and a 3L box of wine at $24), and £116 on other items (mainly food).

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