My 20 year old son just won round trip airfare to Auckland, New Zealand. The prize is JUST the airfare and he must depart from Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Vancouver. He asked us if we would cover the fare from Detroit to one of these places as his Christmas present and we agreed. But now I'm wondering if he can afford to accept the prize. I know absolutely nothing about New Zealand so I was hoping someone could help with a cost estimate for lodging, food, transportation from the airport and around the city, and stuff to do. I'm assuming that he'll stay at hostels and eat budget meals and that he'll go for a week or possibly 2.
Also, he can only travel during June, July, or August. What's the weather like then?
Any help is greatly appreciated since he has only 48 hours to decide whether to accept or not. Thanks!