The cost of items will vary within New Zealand, in remote locations which are often the most scenic, the cost of transporting goods and the sparse population results in a higher price for items like food and petrol. If you are travelling with children the cost of tourist attractions is usually cheaper for children, or there may be a family rate which offers the best value for a family of two adults and two children.
Use the following as a rough guide for some common travel expenses that will come up on your New Zealand holiday.
10 day South Island tour in mid-size car - expect to spend around NZ$400 on fuel
14 day tour of both islands in mid-size car - expect to spend around NZ$550 on fuel
23 day tour of both islands in mid-size car - expect to spend around NZ$900 on fuel
The following is a rough budget guide to follow for your daily food and drink expenses.
Food for two people, dining out every meal: NZ$60 to NZ$150 - this is dependent on your chosen style of food (see above Food and Dining article for more info)
The main supermarkets you can expect to be buying food from in New Zealand are: New World; Countdown; Pak 'n' Save; Fresh Choice
Bottled water: NZ$3 to NZ$6 - based on 1-2 bottles of water per day. Save some money and bring/buy a re-usable water bottle to fill up at your accommodation
Remember, if you will be travelling on dates that will fall on one or multiple New Zealand Public Holiday days, costs of dining out on these days will be significantly increased. To find out any public holiday days that fall during your travel period, head to the New Zealand government information page here.