We are going to be in the North Island for 2.5 weeks and 4 weeks in the South Island. For 3 of the weeks, we will be in timeshares, but the remainder of the trip we will be on a road trip stopping 1 to 3 nights along the way. While we love to eat at restaurants, this is just not sustainable for such a long trip due to $$$. As such, I have made reservations at motels that at least have kitchenettes with a hot plate, electric fry pan, or outside BBQ area.
We will eat breakfast in and try to pack sandwiches and drinks for picnic lunches. While we will certainly eat at restaurants periodically - does NZ have ready made food at grocery stores, fast food places, or carryouts that are cheaper than restaurants? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
When in more remote areas such as Omapere or Leigh - are there always supermarkets to purchase food to do a quick meal. What time would the grocery stores close at night?
Thank you for your help.