I know this topic has been mentioned in the Forum before but I'm looking for up to date opinions/advice. I will be heading to North and South Island next April and trying to gage all expenses to budget the trip over the next year. I've been told (and have read) that food is super expensive in NZ.. My question, what is a realistic budget per day for food? My friend and I would like to be frugal to a point but we looooove food and really don't want to have to go without something that looks delicious b/c it's $25(US) for a burger. I read that one traveler was budgeting $30/day and responders commented that was very meager... would $50 be reasonable/day? My friend wants to buy groceries and make sandwiches for some of our lunches. And have a nice dinner out. Like, a burger and fries and a soda... what would that cost? Or a bowl of pasta, with a meat and a side salad? I don't want to eat lightly to save b/c I didn't budget appropriately. Especially since this trip is going to be go-go-go with tons of adventure - I'll need the fuel!!. :) Any ballpark figures would be great. Breakfast budget? Lunch budget? Dinner budget?
Lastly, I think I read that groceries were equally expensive. Would there be much of a cost savings to make our own food?
Thanks so much in advance!!!