New Zealand Travel Guide
With sky-high mountains and 15,000 kilometers of coastline, New Zealand is a haven for hikers, skiers and surfers alike. Luxurious vistas of snowcapped peaks and turquoise waters combine with captivating experiences that will satisfy your inner explorer. So, whether you're a hobbit fanatic, adventure fiend or
outdoor gawker, we promise that your ideal escape is just around the corner.
Located in the South East of the Oceania continent, New Zealand is an island country in the South-West Pacific Ocean. Flying Auckland to Sydney, the country is merely a 3.5-hour flight from its largest neighbour, Australia.
Sitting on the North Island along the Cook Strait, Wellington is the southernmost capital in the world. The city encompasses 50,000 hectares of forests and parks, a lively working harbour and over 400 cafes and restaurants.
Auckland International Airport is New Zealand’s biggest and busiest airports, connecting with a large number of international and domestic destinations. The airport is situated 20km south of the city center.
The official languages of New Zealand are English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language. However, English is the language predominantly spoken in the country.
The unit of currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). The lowest denomination of cash is the 10 cent piece.
For trips up to 90 days, visitors to New Zealand (who are not Australian) must apply for an Electronic Tourist Authority (eTA). You might also be required to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). Check with New Zealand Immigration for the most up-to-date information.
New Zealand’s electricity runs at 230/240 volts and uses angled two or three pin plugs (same as Australia). It is recommended to bring the appropriate adaptor for your country.
Generally, no vaccinations are required for travelling to New Zealand. However, you should be up to date on your routine vaccination. Hepatitis A and B may be recommended depending on your travel itinerary and what country you are travelling from.
The phone number to call in case of emergency (fire, crime or injury) is 111.
When to Visit
Peak Season >>> DECEMBER TO MARCH
During the summer months, New Zealand offers consistently warm temperatures (with highs of 25°C in some parts) where the days are long and sunny while the nights are mild and pleasant. For visitors planning to explore the coastal beaches, this time of the year is ideal to enjoy warm water and safer swimming conditions. As this is the peak season for tourism in New Zealand, visitors may find some
hotels will have limited availability. Many local students will also be on holiday at this time which means major attractions are likely to be more crowded.
Low Season >>> MAY TO AUGUST
The cooler months are known as the best time to visit glaciers and mountains in the South Island, however, travellers should be wary of heavy rain in most areas of the North Island. This drop in temperature (with lows of -10°C in some parts) along with heavy rains may cause some of the popular trails to be closed. Visitors travelling to New Zealand during this time will enjoy fewer crowds and lower
flight or hotel prices. During the low season, you can enjoy Matariki celebrations and smaller winter festivals throughout the country.
Is the tap water safe to drink in New Zealand?
Yes, water in any New Zealand town is treated and perfectly safe to drink. In rare circumstances (such as after natural disasters) public health warnings have been advised to boil tap water before drinking, but this will likely not be of concern on your trip.