Still trying to avoid Christchurch as much as possible, I took my refuge in kaikoura, a small village about 2,5 hours north of christchurch. It is well-known for its marine life, and we're talking a LOT of marine life. Tomorrow, I've got a date with the dusky dolphins and I'll be damned if they don't show up. Today though, I was planning on mending my poor, overused wallet and stay to doing cheap stuff.
You see, New Zealand is stuffed with s*** to do. Australia was entertaining in many ways and s*** loads of fun, but new zealand is an adventure nation to its heart. Every tiny little town you find skydiving, SCUBA diving, 4WD tours and so on...
The main problem is choosing. So here comes the hobos tip of the day: Bookme.co.nz
It's a site where they offer amazing discounts as special offers for limited time. So anytime I get some wifi, I check in there to see if I find anything good. Picked up the dolphin swim for like 40 dollar less, trying to get a day tour out to edoras for 118 dollar off. (Yes, you have to book since it is only accesible by drivning over private land)
So with any luck, you save hundreds of dollars just by booking through Bookme.
Second hobo tip of the day: skip Kiwi-experience and magic bus and all that s***. They may have a friendly driver, and some discounts but 1: they can't really choose where to go all the time and 2: they charge atleast twice of what you'd pay for a nakedbus pass. I bought 10 trips (one trip being just about any stretch available) for half of what kiwi experience charge for a minor tour around the south Island.
So go for intercity or naked bus when you come to NZ. Kiwi and magic may have good groups, but for anyone who's independant and wants to save up money to do really cool stuff instead: use nakedbus and a BBH card.
BBH being hobo tip number three: to stay cheap on accomodations and make sure that you don't always stay at flashpacker places, get a BBH card. You'll find some BBH-connected hostel in every town, and everytime you show your BBH card you get between 3 and 8 dollar discount per night. So instead of 29 dollar (150-160 SEK) I get around 24-25 dollars (120-130 SEK). Plus this includes a map of all the hostels around New Zealand connected to BBH and their prices. Awesome s*** when moving about.
And number 4, this i can't confirm yet but I've heard about it from others: start in Auckland and there you can get a car for less than most of the buspasses. We're talking 500-600 dollars for a veichle. This, if true, would be awesome, since car is by far the best way to get around. Plus, I'm to young to rent one, but buy is ok.
So tips for new Zeeland travellers:
1: Bookme.co.nz - to get cheap deals
2: nakedbus - to get around
3: BBH card - to sleep cheap
4: buy a car in Auckland - to drive around
And that's it for today, btw, kaikoura is beautifull. Went through a massive rainstorm yesterday, but otherwise fine.