International travel is expensive, however, the experiences that you have are often times worth the extra expense. If you are interested in touring New Zealand then there are ways that you can save money on your tours. Use these tips to save money while still having a great New Zealand adventure.
The easiest way to save money is to book your tours early. Some tour operators offer early booking discounts, while others will not. Sometimes you can save money by booking early simply because you are able to book a spot on a less expensive tour.
Another way that you can save money on your New Zealand vacation is to make it a group event. By having more people in your travel group you can disburse the cost of lodging between more people and you can also get great discounts on tours. Traveling as a group will also let you to control who is on your tours with you.
Many of the top tours in New Zealand allow you to select between guided and self-guided tours. Guided tours are more expensive because you are paying for the guide’s time. Self-guided tours are cheaper and you still get to see and do everything on the guided tour. Self-guided tours are offered by museums, wildlife preserves, national parks and other similar attractions. When you arrive you will pay the admission fee and request a self-guided tour brochure. This brochure will provide you with information about what sights there are to see and a map.
When you are looking for activities to do on your New Zealand vacation you will want to spend time looking at package deals. Package deals will usually offer you several selections of tours and activities that you can add to your lodging and transportation options. By booking your tours through your vacation package you can usually save between 10 and 40 percent off of your tour costs. This is a great way to both save money and to cut down on the amount of leg work that you have to do on your own.
One of the best ways to save money on your New Zealand vacation is to travel during the off-season. The off season in New Zealand is going to be April through October for the North Island. The South Island will two peak seasons, summer and winter. This is because there is hiking and normal tourism peaks in the summer and skiing tourism peaks in the winter months.
1. Use frequent flyer miles. 2. Do not use your credit card because of international charge card fees. They really add up. Instead, bring traveler’s checks. Banks will cash them for no charge.
New Zealand has outstanding hostels. For a nominal fee you can get a private 2 bed and some offer rooms with your own bath. Or some allow you to pitch their tent outside. They also have a wonderful BBH Backpacker’s Network that is run by the government. All the hostels are rated each year by the travels who stayed at the hostels. These is a published catalog with ratings, phone numbers, and directions.
For your vacation plans to New Zealand, here is another savings tip: plan your own vacation. We did that… had everything on an excel sheet with places and phone numbers. It made life fun and simple.