6 Ways to Travel New Zealand on a Budget

By Claire Volkman, ContributorJune 12, 2015
U.S. News & World Report

6 Ways to Travel New Zealand on a Budget

The sweeping mountain vistas, stunning beaches, vibrant cities and hospitable locals make New Zealand a bucket list travel destination for many. But as breathtaking as it is, plenty of travelers forgo a forage into hobbitdom due to the expensive costs of getting and staying there. The sticker shock might be high, but that doesn't mean there aren't ways to enjoy the beauty of this remote wonderland for relatively cheap.

This is the easiest way to see New Zealand without spending a fortune. High season in New Zealand occurs in the summer (December to February). However, many top ski destinations like Queenstown, Wanaka, Cardrona and Tongariro National Park have a secondary high season during the winter (May to August). Travel during the shoulder seasons (March to April or September to October) to avoid the crowds and hefty price tags while still enjoying the weather, the activities and the incredible views. Some of the most beautiful times to visit are the spring when the flowers are in full bloom, and the fall when the trees turn vibrant hues of yellow, red or orange. 

If you plan on spending a substantial amount of time in New Zealand's bustling cities (like Auckland and Wellington), invest in a city pass. These discount passes will get you into many of the city's top attractions for a fraction of the cost of paying indiv