Updated and re-ranked for 2018, the Australia and New Zealand Backpacker Index includes 6 cities that are generally the most popular for foreign visitors. The currency in both countries strengthened a bit against the US dollar, and inflation was almost zero in both countries as well.
More good news is that both countries have a robust infrastructure for budget travelers, with more hostels (called ‘backpackers' usually) than almost anywhere else in the world. Self-catering will cut costs in both countries since even fast-food restaurants tend to be quite expensive. Camping or going with a group in a campervan is another good way of seeing a lot while spending less money. Click to read more