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New Zealand | 9 Affordable and Unaffordable Must-Dos

No country thus far, can compete when it comes to the vast wonder of New Zealand’s landscapes. Rolling hills, lakes of magical hurls of blue and green, icy snow cap mountains. The colours of the landscapes are saturated beyond the eye can fathom. Situated at the obscure corner in the world map, it is a wonder how secretly preserved this country is. To kick start the post, here’s sharing the 9 affordable and unaffordable must-dos in New Zealand South Island that won’t take such a heavy tool on your already-very-thin wallet.New Zealand | 9 affordable and unaffordable must-dos

‘New Zealand is a country of thirty thousand sheep, three million of whom think they are human’
– Barry Humphries

Amidst the clouds with the sun rays seeping through as we trot along to Milford Sound

Amidst the clouds with the sun rays seeping through as we trot along to Milford Sound

Affordable and Unaffordable Must-dos: The Affordable

Presenting the cheap things to do in New Zealand, that is worth it!

1. Trekking

The best way to breathe in New Zealand ‘s gorgeous landscapes - hiking. In this trip, we covered Kepler trek, one of the ‘Great Walks’ of New Zealand

The best way to breathe in New Zealand ‘s gorgeous landscapes – hiking. In this trip, we covered Kepler trek, one of the ‘Great Walks’ of New Zealand. Not recommended for the faint-hearted, this route is a 4 hour uphill to the first pit stop, but the view at the top is so worth it. Small piece of advise, come prepared with waterproof jacket, pants, bag and shoes. The weather here proves volatile, even in summer.

Group shot!

Group shot!

Camera moments all the way along the trek. Cloudy day blocking out the beautiful view

Camera moments all the way along the trek. Cloudy day blocking out the beautiful view

Trekking forward into the wild…

Trekking forward into the wild…

2. Playing Frisbee in the Park

cheap things to do in new zealand | Broke from spending a bomb on your air ticket and car rental? Set aside a chill afternoon just lazing in a field with a book, Frisbee and speaker.

Broke from spending a bomb on your air ticket and car rental? Set aside a chill afternoon just lazing in a field with a book, Frisbee and speaker. There are recreation shops in the nearby vicinity of Queens town that loans Frisbees at a simple fee if you didn’t bring yours.

Gorgeous blue skies and sunny days, perfect for Frisbee!

Gorgeous blue skies and sunny days, perfect for Frisbee!

A bunch of teens playing ‘Bubble’ Football. Looks like a whole lot of fun!

A bunch of teens playing ‘Bubble’ Football. Looks like a whole lot of fun!

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3.Luge at Queenstown

For a good mix of thrill and scenery - try Queenstown Skyline Luge

For a good mix of thrill and scenery – try Queenstown Skyline Luge. There is varying price range depending on how many rounds you would like to go. Take the cable car and chairlift up while enjoying the view of the breathtaking surroundings. Then wheez down the curvy routes while racing with your friends. Guaranteed to thrill the very young, young and not so young. 

Chairlift with spectacular view!

Chairlift with spectacular view!

 

Group shot before our turn to ride. Check out the view behind!

Group shot before our turn to ride. Check out the view behind!

 

Quick photo before we set off down the crazy route!

Quick photo before we set off down the crazy route!

 

End of the luge ride and queuing up to disembark.

End of the luge ride and queuing up to disembark.

 

4. Wine Tasting

New Zealand has plenty of vineyards, and we visited one just outside of Queenstown - Gibbston Valley Vineyard

New Zealand has plenty of vineyards, and we visited one just outside of Queenstown – Gibbston Valley Vineyard. Though rather commercialized with quite limited vineyard area to roam, a small fee entitles you to have a personal guide to bring you around the vineyards and wine cellar, with intro about the Gibbston Valley key specialty – Pinot Noir.

Wildflowers with the Vineyards in a distance

Wildflowers with the Vineyards in a distance

 

Wine Cellar with a consistent nice chilly temperature all year round.

Wine Cellar with a consistent nice chilly temperature all year round.

 

5. Cycling around the Lakes

traveling around new zealand with young kids | The one thing that every tourist rambles on and on about New Zealand is - their Stunning Blue Lakes

The one thing that every tourist rambles on and on about New Zealand is – their Stunning Blue Lakes. From Wakatipu to Wanaka to Tekapo, every possible hue from baby blue to turquoise to deep sapphire, the lakes have it. And the best way to enjoy the views is a wonderful bike trip around it. Cool breeze in your hair and gentle sun in your face with the backdrop of lakes and mountains as you cover those bicycle routes. Worth it? Definitely.

View of Lake Wanaka. Check out the crystal clear waters!

View of Lake Wanaka. Check out the crystal clear waters!

Another view of Lake Wakatipu from a lookout point

Another view of Lake Wakatipu from a lookout point

 

Lake Wanaka…sigh…

Lake Wanaka…sigh…

Wild flowers line the coast, contrasting so beautifully with the deep blue of the lakes

Wild flowers line the coast, contrasting so beautifully with the deep blue of the lakes

6. Breathe the Lavenders and do Yoga

Being stuck in the vehicle all day and need some fresh air and blood circulation? Do yoga and stretch out with the aromatic smell of lavender and lupins.

Being stuck in the vehicle all day and need some fresh air and blood circulation? Do yoga and stretch out with the aromatic smell of lavender and lupins. This gorgeous flowers are everywhere along your drive and the perfect pitstops for a lot of photos and stretching.

Spectacular tones of purple and fuchsia lining the road.

Spectacular tones of purple and fuchsia lining the road.

Yoga headstand pose in the middle of the road

Yoga headstand pose in the middle of the road

Sit here and take selfies all day!

Sit here and take selfies all day!

Group jumpshots with the view of Milford Sound.

Group jumpshots with the view of Milford Sound.

 

The Not So Affordable Must-Dos

1. Whitewater Rafting/ Jetboat

We picked Whitewater Rafting over Jetboat due to limited budget. Not necessarily the most thrilling and rough rapids in the world, but the scenery as you throttle down those river rapids are so breathtaking, you can’t fully focus on paddling

We picked Whitewater Rafting over Jetboat due to limited budget. Not necessarily the most thrilling and rough rapids in the world, but the scenery as you throttle down those river rapids are so breathtaking, you can’t fully focus on paddling. Rapid names from Toilet to After Shock to Jaws can give you an idea what funny type of rapids you get to experience. Make sure to topple yourself overboard into the river during the gentler parts of the stream, with the go ahead by the instructor of coz. Even in summer, the water still has a nice icy chill to it.

2. Campervan/ road trip experience

Renting a campervan/ caravan to get around isn’t the cheapest way to cover New Zealand, but it is definitely a must try. We got ourselves a 6 berth campervan carrying our entire troop’s 15 days worth of bags.

Renting a campervan/ caravan to get around isn’t the cheapest way to cover New Zealand, but it is definitely a must try. We got ourselves a 6 berth campervan carrying our entire troop’s 15 days worth of bags. Each day of the 6 man campervan in the summer peak season costs us as much as NZ$510, including fuel and campervan site rentals. Hence, will not recommend staying in one throughout your trip, but worth the experience for a segment of it.

3. The Lord of the Rings Tour

For all avid fans of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit - Welcome to the heart of Middle Earth.

For all avid fans of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit – Welcome to the heart of Middle Earth. Acres of fields where the battles were fought, look-out points where the fellowship crossed, the haunting mountains in the backdrop, all these just makes you feel right in the heart of the movie set. However, be prepared to spend at least US$100 onward for a half day guided tour.

2 little things you can prep in advance of this tour:

1. Watch all your Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogy on the plane
2. Play the sound track as you get driven into the lands of Isengard and Misty Mountains. All these little things make the experience a whole lot more magical.

 

The Dead Marshes

The Dead Marshes

Drive around with full convenience, so even if you are traveling around new zealand with young kids, not an issue.

New zealand holiday for Singaporeans | Forest of Lothlorien.

Forest of Lothlorien.

To sum up, hope these little tidbit size Affordable and Unaffordable Must-dos to do in New Zealand South Island have helped you with your trip planning, if not trigger you to make that first ticket purchase there.

Affordable and Unaffordable Must-dos

To end off, quoting from Bear Grylls –

‘ There is only one word for New Zealand – EPIC ‘

New Zealand | 9 Affordable and Unaffordable Must-Dos

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Tyron
    January 4, 2016 at 9:10 am

    I want to go back there again!

  • Reply
    Vanessa
    January 4, 2016 at 9:11 am

    You should definitely visit The North Island as well and check out Hobbiton.

  • Reply
    frejatravels
    August 6, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    My Home land country:) It is one of the most beautiful place in the world:)

    Ehm….I would always recommend the South Island than the North as the South is more beautiful than the North. But again, I am from the South and definetely bias. ha..ha..

    • Reply
      Lydia Yang
      August 7, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      You’re so lucky to call such a picturesque country you home, Freja! Thanks for the recommendation.:)

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