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15 Cheap Eats In New Zealand

You're on a tight budget, we get that. You've saved hard for this trip and want to make every dollar work hard. Initially, the prospect of eating 2-minute noodles every night may seem ok. But when in a city with all the appealing food smells, you want to treat yourself and need to get a break from the campervan cooking. We understand you'd rather spend your hard earned dollars on experiences and adventures around New Zealand, so we've created a list of cheap must-eat places. All these places are small in price but big in taste and filling - with some from only $5 for a meal! 

So get inspired and bon appétit with our 15 cheap-eats you definitely need to try out when exploring both the North and South Island. 



Big J's Takeaways

Big J's offer big, juicy gourmet burgers for $10 or less. And in addition to this incredibly cheap price, the burgers get served with great kiwi hospitality and sense of humour.  

Freeman & Grey

Against all claims that you can't find a cheap meal in Ponsonby, Freeman & Grey serves delicious $5 quality Pizza every day from 12-2pm & 5-7.30pm.

No.1 Pancake

No. 1 Pancake is quite famous in Auckland so you might have to queue up. But the sweet & savoury Korean-style treats are definitely worth it.

Ollie's Burgers and Ice Cream Parlour

Ollie's Burgers and Ice Cream in Royal Oak is a lot like a time capsule and the old favourites have remained popular. You can get sundaes and banana splits for around $5.



Night Markets

Wellington's night market on Cuba Street takes place every Friday and Saturday evening. It caters for all tastes and budgets and we think it's the best way to soak up Wellington's food scene. But make sure to bring a big appetite as it will be hard to choose from the vast amount of food stalls!  

Rogue and Vagabond

Who can resist a $2 taco Tuesday special?? Noone right, it's such a bargain! So from 5pm onwards, you can tuck into those tasty tacos.

Renall Street Store & Lotto

The Renall Street Store & Lotto shop in Masterton is famous for its gigantic ice cream scoops and ridiculously cheap prices. They offer colourful scoops of 22 flavours of Tip-Top or 10 of Kapiti ice cream for $2 a scoop.



Erik's Fish & Chips

At famous Erik's for only $10 you get one piece of Hoki/hot dog with a scoop of chips, a soft drink and sauce. That's an unbeatable deal we think!


Lots of people describe these as the best burgers in the world and any backpacker who has been to Queenstown probably would agree. Not super cheap, ranging from $10-20 but these inventive burgers should definitely be high on your New Zealand must-eat list.

@ Thai

This place offers an incredibly tasty and fresh $12 takeaway box menu. Make sure you get the extra sauce - you will thank us afterwards.



Guruji Indian Supermarket

The Guruji Indian Supermarket in Gasson Street/Bath Street is the best place for a quick snack as it serves flavourful and filling samosas. 3 for $5 is a real deal! Need a drink to wash down the food? They also offer super cheap $2 mango lassi.

Three Cows Café Restaurant & Bar

In the mood for a fancy breaky? This place serves great eggs benedict with smoked salmon for only $10 between 11am and 4pm. Or try one of the other dishes from their $10 brunch special menu.

Steampunk Laboratory

Cupbop - that's a unique Korean fusion street food. It comes with layers of rice, fresh vegetables, egg, the meat of your choice and their secret special sauce - and all that for only $10! We say that's an excellent value for money and it's soo filling.


Sushi Deals, Nationwide

Mostly found in shopping malls, check out the late afternoon sushi deals for $5 from around 3pm-5pm.


We bet these delicious treats make your mouth water, right? There is nothing better than a tasty cheap meal after a day of exploring! So don't wait any longer - check out our range of Mighty campervans or visit our specials page for the latest hot deals and head out to these recommended must-eat places.

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