4 Things You Should Get Upon Arriving in New Zealand

On your way to New Zealand? Pick up these 4 essential items!

We had no clue what to expect when we arrived in New Zealand. Just the idea that we wanted to indulge in some extreme activities and that we’d be eating on the cheap along with hostelling it to save a few bucks to be able to pay for those activities.

We underestimated New Zealand but managed to do what we originally set out to do. Having spent a month in New Zealand, we found the following items essential to have upon arriving to New Zealand and we hope you’ll find them helpful and useful as well.

Arrival

If there is one thing you should pick up before leaving the airport to explore New Zealand, be sure to pick up a FREE Arrival magazine! For backpackers, it’s like FREE CASH!

Heaps of coupons and vouchers for practically every activity you’re dying to do in New Zealand – $6 off zorbing in Rotorua, $5 off Puzzling World in Wanaka and $10 off glacier hiking in Franz Josef is just the tip of the iceberg. They’re not huge discounts per activities, but if you think of all the things you’re planning to do, it adds up quickly. Do yourself a favor, make sure to start saving and pick up a Arrival.

arrival-magazine

Another money saving option is to check with your hostel / accommodations on discounts for local activities. We ask our hostel in Rotorua if they had discounts for zorbing and Wai-o-tapu and they happen to offer a better deal than Arrival.

Sunblock

Don’t bother bringing sunblock from home, it’s not strong enough. Something about New Zealand having a big hole in the o-zone layer over it apparently makes the sun really bad for you. So.. New Zealand has “special” sunblock for that. Yup, SPF that can go as high as 100+! We didn’t go too crazy, just stuck with a SPF30+ did the trick.

sunblock

Water bottle

If you didn’t pack one, make sure to get one and just one will do the trick for your stay in New Zealand. Reason being? New Zealand water is so pure, you can drink the tap! A weird concept for us at first but we were the idiots buying bottled water while others refilled and drank from the sink.

Franz Josef was the only exception where we were told to boil the water before drinking. The rest of New Zealand water is up for grabs so make sure to fill up and drink up!

Cool bag

You’re not “cool” unless you own a cool bag. Especially if you plan to hostel it through New Zealand.

You don’t want to feel left out now, would you? We spent 2 weeks in the North Island convincing ourselves it wasn’t necessary, it’s just a fad. But it’s not. By hostel #2, we felt a little silly with our clear plastic bags of grocery. We caught on quick. Not many eat out while on Holiday in New Zealand. It’s just too expensive. So hostels come equip with full-on kitchen and most backpackers cook their own meals. Including us! Who’s cool now?!

cool-bag

With these 4 starter items, you’re ready to backpack New Zealand!

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  • http://www.ateverywhere.net Aaron

    I had the same experience with the Cool Bag! Only after a week or two did I realise how handy it is. (: Oh yea, I’m loving the drinkable tap water here in New Zealand as well, which saves a lot of money.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Now you’re in with the COOL crowd. Lol. The tap water is pretty awesome. Hope you’re saving heaps! 😉

  • http://www.ateverywhere.net Aaron

    I had the same experience with the Cool Bag! Only after a week or two did I realise how handy it is. (: Oh yea, I’m loving the drinkable tap water here in New Zealand as well, which saves a lot of money.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Now you’re in with the COOL crowd. Lol. The tap water is pretty awesome. Hope you’re saving heaps! 😉

  • http://twitter.com/freakytravel Jeremy

    I got such a horrible sunburn here in Wellington the other day :-( I should have been wearing SPF 100!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      No way? In Welly?! Wish we bought one here in Oz. We’re burnt and charred. The Australia sun is no joke. Make sure you aloe up buddy!

  • http://www.travelfreak.net/ Jeremy Foster

    I got such a horrible sunburn here in Wellington the other day :-( I should have been wearing SPF 100!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      No way? In Welly?! Wish we bought one here in Oz. We’re burnt and charred. The Australia sun is no joke. Make sure you aloe up buddy!

  • http://www.loveantoinette.com/ Antoinette B.

    I always thought those SPF 100 was crazy excessive; i did research back in my college days and spf30 is def enough! The only reason I made sure to bring my own sunblock from home was that I knew that it was going to be EXPENSIVE in Australia and New Zealand. I loved those “Cool Bags”! I actually got one while I was in Australia and just brought it with me to New Zealand. In NYC we drink water from tap so I’m so used to drinking tap water in most developed countries. I just assumed tap water in Australia and New Zealand were safe, and I’m glad it was! I was even refilling my water bottles from the creeks/rivers in New Zealand… mMm talk about PURE! ;o)

  • http://www.loveantoinette.com/ Antoinette B.

    I always thought those SPF 100 was crazy excessive; i did research back in my college days and spf30 is def enough! The only reason I made sure to bring my own sunblock from home was that I knew that it was going to be EXPENSIVE in Australia and New Zealand. I loved those “Cool Bags”! I actually got one while I was in Australia and just brought it with me to New Zealand. In NYC we drink water from tap so I’m so used to drinking tap water in most developed countries. I just assumed tap water in Australia and New Zealand were safe, and I’m glad it was! I was even refilling my water bottles from the creeks/rivers in New Zealand… mMm talk about PURE! ;o)

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