Take a look at how the New Zealand Dollar is faring compared to your home currency. Even if yours is the stronger tender, it’s likely that prices are going to be much higher than you’re used to – that’s the downside of being isolated from the rest of the world. Needless to say, whether you’re wanting to buy a keepsake souvenir or deciding where to grab a bite to eat, you need to watch those funds.
If you’re trying to save money on food, choose your dining experiences sparingly, and opt for making your own meals. Zomato will give you an idea of how much you’ll spend at a typical café, bar or restaurant. New Zealand’s cheapest supermarket chain is Pak’nSave, though Countdown and New World often do specials too.