With all the adventure activities and fancy tours available in a country like New Zealand, you might think the costs can be insurmountable for a budget traveler. With tips like these, you can save on the small stuff to enjoy throwing away your money in one go at SkyCity Casino or a skydive over Taupo.

Unless you’re in the mood to hitchhike (and this is legal in New Zealand as long as you don’t do it on the motorway), booking Nakedbus is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to get around independently, though sometimes Intercity has a good deal too. If you’re planning on traveling a lot — and who isn’t? — get one of their passes.

It sounds heartbreaking, but really is a practical way to cut down on the cash you spend in New Zealand. If you’re planning to start your trip in Queenstown, stick with the South Island and all the nature that goes with it: Milford Sound, the pancake rocks, the glowworm caves.

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