New Zealand is one of those countries where everyone wants to visit and yet when it comes to planning for travelers on a budget, the information is surprisingly limited.
For one, New Zealand is an expensive country and it can be a huge turn-off for most backpackers. The fact that New Zealand's towns are so remote also creates a perception that you would need to rent a campervan or a car to travel around.
That is not entirely true. Some remote areas require you to rent a car, yes, but you can also opt-in for organized tours when you can which will handle all the logistics for you.