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New Zealand on a Budget

Airfare to New Zealand will take a big chomp out of your vacation budget, and the outdoor adventures the country is known for -- like whale watching, glacier hiking, kayaking and bungee jumping -- can be extremely pricey. Fortunately, you can save a few coins on accommodations. There's a network of motels, campgrounds, holiday parks and hostels (known as "backpackers") throughout the country, offering basic lodging at affordable prices. To reduce your food budget, get a place with a kitchen and cook for yourself.

Best Time to Go to New Zealand

New Zealand's seasons are opposite those in the Northern Hemisphere, so for summer sunshine and the warmest possible temperatures, you'll want to travel from December through February. Note that many Kiwis travel then as well, so be prepared for crowds in the most popular tourist areas. Spring and fall are the less crowded shoulder seasons; you'll find cooler temperatures, lower prices and a greater chance of rain. Winter may be chilly for sightseers, but it's paradise for skiers, especially on the mountainous South Island; you can hit the slopes from mid-June through mid-October.

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