NZ Travel Info

A few helpful hints for international visitor travelling around New Zealand.

Language

English is the common language of New Zealanders. There are three official languages in New Zealand: English, Te Reo Maori and New Zealand Sign Language. Read more...

Wildlife

There are no snakes or dangerous wild animals in New Zealand. The only poisonous creature is the very rare Katipo spider. Read more...

Banks, Money and Travellers Cheques

New Zealand has decimal currency based on dollar and cent denominations. Trading banks are open Monday - Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm. Automated teller machines (ATMs) are widely available. Banking facilities at international airports provide foreign exchange services for international arrivals and departures, including weekends (occasionally closed for late night departures). Travellers Cheques can be changed at trading banks, hotels and many other trading establishments. Read more...

Population

New Zealand has a population of 4.1 million. Around 13% of the population is Maori. The Maori came to New Zealand in a series of migrations about 1000 years ago. Read more...

Water

All New Zealand cities and towns have excellent public water supplies; tap (faucet) water is fresh and safe to drink. What to wear New Zealand's relaxed lifestyle lends itself to an informal style of dress. Even in restaurants and nightclubs, casual clothes are acceptable. Read more...

Driving Licences

Reciprocal driving rights exist between New Zealand and most other countries. Most rental car companies will ask for an International Driver’s Licence. The driver will need to be 21 years of age. Read more...

Electricity

Electricity throughout New Zealand is supplied at 230/240 volts, 50 hertz. Hotels and motels provide 100 volt 20 watt sockets for electric razors only. Most power sockets in use in New Zealand accept three-pin plugs or similar adapters. Read more...

Credit Cards

The practice of payment by credit card is widely accepted throughout New Zealand. Those in common use include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and JCB. Customs allowances A detailed leaflet, "New Zealand Customs Service Advice to Travellers", is available by contacting the New Zealand Customs Service, PO Box 2218, Wellington, New Zealand or www.customs.govt.nz. Read more...

Passports and Visas

Passports are required for all visitors to New Zealand and must be valid for at least three months after the date the visitor intends to leave New Zealand.  Most nationalities do not require visas to visit New Zealand. Check with the New Zealand Immigration Service, PO Box 3705, Wellington or www.immigration.govt.nz or by calling the National Contact Centre on +64 9 914 4100. Read more...

Agricultural Restrictions

New Zealand is free from many animal and plant diseases. Restrictions are imposed on the importation of some animal and plant materials to maintain this situation. A declaration must be filled out before arrival in New Zealand. Detailed information is available from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), PO Box 2526, Wellington or www.maf.govt.nz. Read more...

Climate

The north of New Zealand is sub-tropical and the south temperate. The warmest months are December, January and February, and the coldest June, July and August. You can check weather conditions on www.metservice.co.nz. Read more...

Medical and Emergency Services

All emergency services can be contacted throughout New Zealand by dialling 111. New Zealand's medical and hospital services are both public and private. Please note - medical services are not free to visitors. It is strongly recommended that visitors purchase health insurance. Read more...

Taxes

Goods and services in New Zealand are subject to 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST). Important: Any income earned within New Zealand during a visit is liable to tax. Read more...

Geographic Size

New Zealand is similar in geographic size to the State of Victoria in Australia, California in the U.S.A., and Great Britain. Read more...

Public Holidays

There are a number of national and regional public holidays in New Zealand. New Year (1st & 2nd January), Waitangi Day (6th February), Anzac Day (25th April), Good Friday, Easter Monday, Queen’s Birthday (the 1st Monday in June), Hawkes Bay Anniversary, Labour Day (the 4th Monday in October), Christmas Day (25th December), Boxing Day (26th December). Read more...