About New Zealand

New Zealand is a country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It was founded on February 6, 1840 and is now a popular tourist destination.  New Zealand is a four season country.

History [Founded on February 6, 1840] • Capital [Wellington] • Government [Parliamentary Democracy] • Currency [New Zealand dollar ($, NZD)] • Language [English(official), Te Reo Māori(official) and New Zealand sign language(official)] • Religion [Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Pentecostal, Baptist, Christian] • Electricity [230V, 50Hz (NZ plug)] • Time Zone [UTC/GMT +12] • Country Code [+64] • Internet TLD [.nz] • Emergencies [Dial 111]

New Zealand Travel Guide

This local travel guide below will provide you with travel information & tips to plan your trip to New Zealand and find the best things to see, do and experience in New Zealand even  before you arrive here.

Local Attractions

Aoraki Mount Cook

Aoraki Mount Cook

Aoraki Mount Cook is currently considered New Zealand’s highest mountain with an estimated height of about 3700 metres.  It lies in the South Alps mountain ranges that stretch across the South Island.  Southern Alps is part of the pacific ring of fire where the Pacific Platonic Plate collides with Indo-Australian Platonic Plate.  What you can see here is the snow covered mountain ranges and beautiful starry nights.

Auckland’s Sky Tower

Auckland’s Sky TowerAuckland’s Sky Tower is an observation and telecommunications tower located at the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets in the Auckland CBD, Auckland City, New Zealand.  It has a height of 328 metres. It was open on 3 August 1997.  The observation deck is located on the Level 51.

Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef GlacierFranz Josef Glacier is a 11 km long glacier formed in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.  Here you can valley walk, ice climbing and more with Franz Josef Glacier tours available.

Kaikoura

Kaikoura

Kaikoura is a small town located on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. You can have a wildlife experience watching whales, fur seals and dolphins swimming around.  It is also a great place eat crayfish.

Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki is glacial lake with blue color surface. It was part of the scenes in some  famous movie eg. The Hobbit.  it was stunningly beautiful.

Milford Sound

Milford Sound

Milford Sound is a steep cliff situated in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island, within Piopiotahi Marine Reserve,Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site and Fiordland National Park.

Rotorua

Rotorua

Rotorua is a city situated in New Zealand’s North Island. It is popular with local and international tourists for its coolest hot spots and geysers.

Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park is an old national park in New Zealand, located in the central North Island.  It is classified by UNESCO for its cultural and natural World Heritage Sites.

Shopping Guide

Shopping Malls, Streets, Markets

Auckland Malls and Streets

  1. Queen Street
  2. Britomart
  3. Ponsonby
  4. Parnell
  5. Devonport’s galleries
  6. Karangahape Road
  7. Ponsonby Road
  8. Devonport
  9. Takapuna

Auckland Local Markets

  1. Matakana Farmers’ Market, Matakana (Saturdays from 8am)
  2. Matakana Indie Market, Matakana Country Park (Sundays from 9.30am)
  3. Clevedon Village Farmers’ Market, Clevedon Showgrounds (Sundays from 8.30am)
  4. Coatesville Country Market, Coatesville Reserve (first Sunday of every month from 10am)
  5. Otara Markets, Newbury Street (Saturdays from 6am)
  6. Auckland Night Markets, open 7 nights at 7 different locations throughout the city
  7. Titirangi Market opens on last Sunday of the month

Wellington Malls and Streets

    1. Cuba Street
    2. Wakefield, Willis, Victoria and Featherstone Streets
    3. Lambton Quay
    4. The ‘Golden Mile’
    5. Victoria Street
    6. Willis Street
    7. Weta Cave

Wellington Local Markets

  1. Wellington Underground Markets (Saturdays, 10am – 4pm)
  2. The Wellington Night Market
  3. Harbourside Market
  4. City Market

Queenstown Malls and Streets

  1. Shotover, Beach, Ballarat and Camp Streets
  2. Buckingham Street

Queenstown Local Markets

  1. Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market (Saturdays)

Christchurch Malls and Streets

  1. Re:Start
  2. New Regent Street
  3. The Tannery in Woolston
  4. The Colombo in Sydenham

Christchurch Local Markets

  1. Riccarton Market in Christchurch (Sunday)

Dunedin

  1. George Street
  2. Moray Place
  3. Dowling Street

Nelson City

  1. The Nelson Market has over 200 stalls and is held every Sat 8am-1pm in Montgomery Square, in the heart of Nelson City, South Island, New Zealand.

Kerikeri

  1. Bay of Islands Farmers’ Market, Kerikeri (Sundays)

Lake Wanaka

  1. Lake Wanaka region’s Farmer’s Market (Thursday evening)

Nightlife Guide

      1. Christchurch Casino
      2. The Holy Grail, Christchurch
      3. The Court Theatre, Christchurch
      4. Cokers, Christchurch
      5. Dux de Lux, Christchurch
      6. Christchurch Dance Clubs
      7. Auckland Sky City
      8. Auckland’s Harbour
      9. Welsh Dragon Bar, Wellington
      10. The Thistle Inn, Wellington
      11. Pub Crawl in Wellington
      12. Courtenay Place, Wellington
      13. Skycity Tower

Local Food Guide

Local food cuisine:

  1. Roast kumara
  2. Pavlova, or pav
  3. ANZAC biscuits
  4. Pies
  5. Kiwifruit
  6. Whitebait
  7. Kaimoana (sea food)

Local Drinks & Desserts

Local Drinks

  1. Beer
  2. Lemon & Paeroa

Local Desserts

  1. Pavlova

Map

Facts

 

Areas, City

North Island

  1. Auckland
  2. Bay of Islands and Northland
  3. Bay of Plenty
  4. The Coromandel
  5. Eastland
  6. Hamilton-Waikato
  7. Hawke’s Bay
  8. Lake Taupo
  9. Manawatu
  10. Rotorua
  11. Ruapehu
  12. Taranaki
  13. Wairarapa
  14. Wellington
  15. Whanganui

South island

  1. Central Otago
  2. Christchurch-Canterbury
  3. Clutha
  4. Dunedin
  5. Fiordland
  6. Lake Wanaka
  7. Marlborough
  8. Nelson
  9. Queenstown
  10. Southland
  11. Waitaki
  12. West Coast

Climate

Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov) – What you will see in New Zealand during this season are  green grass, baby lambs, blooming trees, blossoms, bluebells, and daffodils.

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)  – This period is the peak tourist season, book early to avoid expensive accommodation and airfares.

Autumn (Mar, Apr, May) – The best time to visit is February through April. the temperature around this period is around  .  Autumn Colors.

Winter (June, July, Aug) – Best time for skier. Winter Clothing required.

Events, Festivals and Holiday

January

– New Year’s Day, January 1, Fri

February

– Waitangi Day, 8 February, Mon

March

– Good Friday, March 25, Fri
– Easter Monday, March 28, Mon

April

– Anzac Day, April 25, Mon

June

– Queen’s Birthday, June 6, Mon

October

– Labour Day, October 24, Mon

December

– Christmas Day, December 25, Sun
– Boxing Day, December 26, Mon
– Christmas Day in Lieu, December 27, Tue

Tipping

Restaurant – No tipping expected.
Tour Guide – 5% or  USD $5
Hotel –  No tipping expected.
Taxi Driver – No tipping expected.
Spas – No tipping expected.
Hair Dresser – No tipping expected.

Money & Duty Free

Currency

Dollar:  NZD with symbol: NZ$ = 100 cents
Dollar Notes denominations (NZ$): 5, 10, 20, 50, 100
Coin denominations (NZ$): 1, 2
Coin denominations (cents): 10, 20, 50

Credit cards

MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, Visa are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.  It is advisable to have more smaller US dollar notes for easy spending as locals prefer dollars.

ATM

ATMs are available in major town  and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.

Travellers cheques

Accepted. In US Dollars, Euro, Pounds Sterling or Australian Dollars.

Banking hours

Mon to Fri: 0930-1630

How to get in and out of New Zealand

Safety Guide

Emergency number

Dail 111

Keep yourself insured

  1. Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.

Keep yourself safe

  1. Do not walk alone late at night.
  2. Avoid unlit areas.
  3. Do not leave your drink unattended.
  4. Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
  5. Avoid cash counting in public.
  6. Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.

Keep belongings safe

  1. Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
  2. Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks,  or cameras unattended in public places.
  3. Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.

Keeping safe with alcohol

  1. If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
  2. You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
  3. If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.

Keeping your credit cards and identity safe

  1. Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
  2. Do not bring too many credit cards.
  3. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.