10 Months in New Zealand: Statistics
Just for the heck of it, I kept track of all sorts of numbers that applied to our trip around New Zealand. Now I can tell you, for example, just how many hostels we stayed in or how many penguins we saw. Read on if that's something you think you might be interested in.
Stayed in 12 hostels for a total of 3 weeks and 6 days. (Average cost a night for two: $55 NZD).
Stayed in 4 airbnbs for 1 month, 3 weeks and 4 days (one was a long-term rental whilst apple-packing).
Stayed for free at 2 homes and 1 hostel as part of help exchanges for 5 months, 1 week and 4 days.
Spent three weeks living in one super-cozy "flop house" in Motueka, N.Z.
Stayed in one hotel at Maruia Hot Springs for one night.
Stayed in one holiday park cabin for one night.
Stayed on the floor of CJ's student flat for eight nights total.
Slept in one car (our beloved hatchback Poot Poot) for 1 month and 5 days
Long-distance buses around NZ: Six (all on the North Island)
Ferries taken: Nine
Helicopter Rides: Two (On & Off Franz Josef)
Kayaking Excursions: Two (Mapua and Kaiteriteri)
Rides hitched: Forty-seven
Longest ride hitched: From Wakefield to Greymouth, 3.5 hours, 270 km (168 miles)
Hitchers picked up: Seventeen
Flights taken after arriving to NZ: 4 (To/from Melbourne, Australia & To/from Auckland to see CJ)
Vehicles owned: 1, a 1999 Subaru Legacy hatchback
Kilometers/Miles Driven: 9,450 kilometers (5,871 miles)
National Parks Visited: 7 (Kahurangi, Abel Tasman, Paparoa, Westland Tai Poutini, Fiordland, Mt. Cook/Aoraki, and Tongariro)
Kea seen: 5
Sea lions seen: 4
Eels seen: 2
Seals: Too many to count
Little blue penguins seen: 16
Yellow-eyed penguins seen: 7
Kiwifruit packed: 42 million!!!
Books I read: 53 (Plus three audiobooks)
Vinyl records that Emmett shipped home to the U.S.: 16 (A hefty amount of these were sent back with CJ... thanks Ceej!)
Pals named Julia we befriended: 5 (Seriously, we met quite a few Julias. All cool).
Cost of flights to arrive for two (D.C. - Los Angeles - Nadi, Fiji - Auckland): $2,213.86 USD*
*with $300 off from an American Airlines voucher from a botched domestic flight I had in 2015
Basic data/text/call top-ups: $10 NZD ($8 USD) per month
My student loan payments per month: $198 USD
Emmett’s student loans per month: $268.50 USD
$4665 total over ten months spent on our combined student loan payments
Cost of vehicle: $1,100 NZD (approx. $801 USD)
Selling price of vehicle: $1,800 NZD ($1,311 USD)
Cost of car repairs over the course of ownership: $1,010 NZD ($740 USD)
Average cost of gas per liter: $1.91 NZD (about $7.60 USD a gallon)
Average cost for us to fill up our car: $85 NZD ($62 USD)
Average grocery store run per week: $80 NZD ($57.75 USD)
Money that we earned, combined, after fruit packing: $13,300 NZD ($9,600 USD)
Money that we saved after fruit packing: $9,200 NZD ($6,700 USD)
Spending combined total for entire trip: approximately $31,000 USD