For the Love of Travel
For the Love of Travel

Roadtripping NZ on a Budget

Are you planning your next long weekend road trip in the hope of extending that summer feeling? If your New Year’s resolution was to see more of New Zealand without breaking the bank, Budget Car Rental New Zealand has put together its top tips to help you travel and save in 2020.

BYO Food: One of the best ways to save money while you are away from home is to plan your meals. Whether you are camping or staying in a motel, preparing your own breakfasts and lunches is a quick and easy way to save a few dollars. Eating out is a great treat but if you also make the most of your own food, you can easily stick to your holiday budget. Websites like First Table and Zomato Gold can help make your meals cheaper if you have a bit of flexibility when it comes to time and location.

Activity booking sites: Ticking off all the tourist activities a location has to offer can quickly add up, but with a bit of planning and careful consideration you can save money on some of the must-do experiences. Keep an eye on discount experience sites like Groupon and GrabOne to help save a few dollars while still experiencing all New Zealand has to offer – most companies have a discounted rate if you book online too.

Dollar rental cars: If you have the luxury of planning your trip, Budget Car Rentals offers rentals from $1 a day from specific locations. The promotion, which runs from November to March, encourages holiday makers to see more of the country and enjoy a driving holiday for much less. To make the deal even harder to resist, Budget Car Rentals will donate $20 to Cure Kids on your behalf and include a free tank of fuel.

Accommodation: Affordable accommodation is one of the best ways to save money while travelling. In most cases, you only head back to your accommodation to sleep so it is not always necessary to book a night in a 4-star hotel. Campground cabins are a great option when trying to save money and many even come with their own cooking facilities.

Hidden gems: To really experience New Zealand, you have to immerse yourself in its unique and beautiful landscape. There are hundreds of hidden gems to explore throughout the country be it remote bushwalks or black sand beaches – and it isn’t unusual to have the place all to yourself. The best part about getting out in the fresh air and exploring New Zealand’s backyard – is it’s completely free. Wherever you decide to visit, using a rental car can get you to the most remote locations for a memorable stroll along a hidden beach or a scenic picnic for a more authentic Kiwi experience at little to no cost.

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