"Best Value Activities" is quite an overused term in backpacking and is often used for activities that are not the best value which is really annoying when you are backpacking and in need of making your money last for longer.
In fact, if we are being honest, every backpacker activity is the best value for money according to the activity provider so which activities really do make the most of your money? $100 can go really quickly on plenty of awesome activities but some New Zealand backpacker activities are better value than others.
Here are our top 5 best value activities in New Zealand:
1. The Cardrona First Timers Package. If you haven't been skiing or snowboarding before and fancy having a go during the New Zealand winter then this package cannot be beaten for value. For $100 you get your rental, a learner's area lift pass and 2 x 2 hour lessons so for a day out and the chance to experience something new and challenge yourself then it doesn't get much better than this.
2. Hire a Kayak for the Day in Abel Tasman National Park. Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park is a must but tours can be expensive so the best value way to see the park is to hire yourself a kayak and set off at your own pace and explore the park at your leisure. A full day's hire will cost you $50 for a single kayak which is pretty much the best value you will get anywhere in New Zealand, let alone Abel Tasman National Park.
3. BeachBumBus - Waiheke Island. For $105 you get the hop-on, hop-off treatment of the other backpacker buses but this time on Waiheke Island. For your money you get to explore every inch of the increasingly popular Waiheke Island as well as some obligatory wine tasting and your ferry return trip (which would cost you $70 in itself). The beauty of the BeachBum Bus tour of Waiheke Island is that you don't have to see it all in a day. In fact, it is almost rude of you do leave after only a day as there are too many beaches, activities and places to explore to fit it all in to one day.
4. Whale Watch Kaikoura $145 for a few hours seems steep but when it comes to value for money Whale Watch Kaikoura definitely provides. There are not many places in the world where you can observe whales, dolphins, albatross and other marine and bird life for this good a price. What makes this trip even better value is that if you don't see a whale on your trip Whale Watch Kaikoura will refund 80% of your ticket.
5. Backpacker Bus to the Bay of Island's For $100 pretty much any backpacker bus will get you to the Bay of Islands and back with some special stops along the way, including snorkeling and trips in to the rainforest. A visit to New Zealand isn't complete without a visit to the paradise of the North so $100 is as good a value as it gets. Spotting the pink sheep is worth $100 in itself.
Make the most of your time and money in New Zealand. $100 can disappear in only a few short hours so try out one of these best value activities to make your money in New Zealand go that extra bit further.
* Prices correct at time of publishing.