Before arriving to New Zealand, I joined a facebook group for New Zealand backpackers. In this group, you can buy and sell converted campervans and find friends to travel with. This is where I met my travel buddies, a German woman and a Slovenian woman. Because so many travelers come in and out of New Zealand, you can pick up most of what you need for low prices at a thrift store. You can also check hostels for things you need, which generally have a free section. By the end of your trip, you will probably resell your vehicle too and leave behind belongings in the hostels' free sections and or thrift stores. It was chilly when I was there, so I bought some sweaters that would only serve me in my time in New Zealand. Food is imported into New Zealand. The price of avocados are like 6 New Zealand dollars. Maybe this is because travellers love avocados and most produce has to be imported. The honey in New Zealand is a prized product.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
I would have spent more time at the Milford sound and at Lake Wanaka!
How was the food?
Buy produce from stands on the side of the road!
What tips would you give a friend?
Go to thrift stores like salvation army!
You can get everything you need when you land!
Get a vehicle, preferably a self enclosed camper conversion