Backpack New Zealand in 6 Weeks


The minute I stepped off the plane I fell in love with New Zealand. Being so close to Australia it is the one place I should have visited sooner. It wasn’t actually until my Europe trip where I met a fantastic kiwi couple that I decided I needed to visit this glorious country. After a little bit of research I realized that there was so much on offer I wanted to see it all.  When I went I booked a one way ticket and wanted to see how long I could go for and how much of New Zealand I could see.

In the end I traveled around for 6 weeks that is as far as my money would take me and I had to get back in time for the start of semester. I booked a hop-on hop-off bus pass with Kiwi Experience to make it easier to get around after a friend recommended it. They have a range of different passes to choose from whether you just want to travel the north or south island or you want to do the whole lot. The great thing I found with Kiwi Experience compared to other bus companies was that they regularly have sales on their passes which makes it more affordable to travel. Once you book a bus pass you have a year to start using it, and once you’ve started you have a year to travel around on the pass. What made it even more affordable for me is that I spent the first two weeks with that fantastic kiwi couple I mention earlier in Timaru and was able to visit some pretty cool places, like camping in Otematata and having a go (and failing) at wake boarding on Lake Benmore.

So here is my itinerary summary for my time in New Zealand:

Travelling From Travelling To Mode of Transport Time Spent
Sydney Timaru Fly 13 nights
Timaru Auckland Fly 3 nights
Auckland Paihia Bus 3 nights
Paihia Auckland Bus 1 night
Auckland Hot Water Beach (Cathedral Cove) Bus 1 night
Hot Water Beach Waitomo Bus 1 night
Waitomo Rotorua Bus 1 nights
Rotorua Taupo Bus 3 nights
Taupo River Valley Bus 1 night
River Valley Wellington Bus 2 nights
Wellington Kaiteriteri Boat/Bus 2 nights
Kaiteriteri Westport Bus 1 night
Westport Lake Mahinapua Bus 1 night
Lake Mahinapua Franz Josef Bus 3 nights
Franz Josef Wanaka Bus 1 night
Wanaka Queenstown Bus 3 nights.
Queenstown Sydney Fly

By the time I got to Queenstown I was well and truly out of money. I spent most of my money on a vast amount of activities from kayaking, dolphin cruises, white water rafting, black water rafting, a bungy jump, canyon swings and so much more. I would have like to have stayed longer (and eat more Fergburgers) but I had to go home. It’s not all bad new though as I’ll be going back early next year! New Zealand is such a beautiful country and one that I hope to visit over and over and over and over again for many years to come!


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I love to travel as often as I can and I'm always in the pursuit of a new adventure. I hope to inspire through my passion and show you how small trips can leave big impressions.

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