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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.

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 Glacier

Franz 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

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]

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

Entry Requirement

Passport

A passport with at least 6 months validity.

Visas

A valid tourist visa. You can obtain the visa at New Zealand embassy or Immigration New Zealand.  The visa is valid for 30 days.

By Plane

You can enter New Zealand by its international airports:

Auckland Airport
New Zealand’s largest airport for many international flights.

Hamilton Airport
Hamilton airport for international flights to Australia.

Rotorua Airport
New Zealand’s international airport, with flights to and from Sydney.

Wellington Airport
International airport supporting the lower North Island and New Zealand’s capital city.

Christchurch Airport
Visit the South Island through Christchurch.

Dunedin Airport
Visit the lower South Island via this airport

Queenstown Airport

How to get around New Zealand

By Plane

Plan Operators

  1. Air New Zealand
  2. Virgin Australia
  3. Jetstar
  4. air2there,Sounds Air and Webjet New Zealand
  5. Canterbury Aviation

By Train

Train Operators

  1. The Northern Explorer
  2. The Capital Connection
  3. The Coastal Pacific
  4. The TranzAlpine

By Road

Taxis Operators

  1. Taxi Fares in New Zealand

Bus Operators

  1. Atomic Shuttles
  2. Backpacker buses: KiwiExperience Backpacker Bus, Stray Travel Bus and MagicBus
  3. Flying Kiwi Adventures
  4. InterCity, ()
  5. Kiwi Experience
  6. ManaBus
  7. Nakedbus.com
  8. ManaBus.com
  9. West Coast Shuttle

Car Rental Operators

  1. Webjet New Zealand Car Hire
  2. Apex Rentals

Rideshare

  1. RoadMate

By Boat

Ferries Operators

  1. Bluebridge
  2. Interislander
  3. International Charter Group

Accommodation Guide

Housing in Auckland

Renting

  1. Trade Me Property
  2. MBIE Market Rents
  3. MBIE Tenancy Information

Buying

  1. Trade Me Property
  2. Quotable Value (QV)
  3. Sorted
  4. Auckland LIM Reports

Council rates

  1. Auckland Rates

Utilities and services

  1. Electricity Authority
  2. Auckland Water Rates

Rubbish collection

  1. Auckland Rubbish and Recycling

Housing in Wellington

Renting

  1. Trade Me Property
  2. MBIE Market Rents
  3. MBIE Tenancy Information

Buying

  1. Trade Me
  2. Quotable Value (QV)
  3. Sorted

LIM reports

  1. Wellington LIM Reports
  2. Porirua LIM Reports
  3. Hutt City LIM Reports
  4. Upper Hutt LIM Reports
  5. Kapiti Coast LIM Reports
  6. Masterton LIM Reports
  7. Carterton LIM Reports
  8. South Wairarapa LIM Reports
  9. Tararua LIM Reports

Council rates

  1. Wellington Rates
  2. Porirua Rates
  3. Hutt City Rates
  4. Upper Hutt Rates
  5. Kapiti Coast Rates
  6. Masterton Rates
  7. Carterton Rates
  8. South Wairarapa Rates
  9. Tararua Rates

Utilities and services

  1. Electricity Authority

Rubbish collection

  1. Wellington Rubbish and Recycling
  2. Porirua Rubbish and Recycling
  3. Hutt City Rubbish and Recycling
  4. Upper Hutt Rubbish and Recycling
  5. Kapiti Coast Rubbish and Recycling
  6. Masterton Rubbish and Recycling
  7. Carterton Rubbish and Recycling
  8. South Wairarapa Rubbish and Recycling
  9. Tararua Rubbish and Recycling

Housing in Northland

Renting

  1. Trade Me Property
  2. MBIE Market Rents
  3. MBIE Tenancy Information

Buying

  1. Trade Me
  2. Quotable Value (QV)
  3. Sorted
  4. Whangarei LIM Reports
  5. Far North LIM Reports
  6. Kaipara LIM Reports

Council rates

  1. Whangarei Rates
  2. Far North Rates
  3. Kaipara Rates

Utilities and services

  1. Electricity Authority
  2. Whangarei Water Rates
  3. Far North Water Rates
  4. Kaipara Water Rates

Rubbish collection

  1. Whangarei Rubbish and Recycling
  2. Far North Rubbish and Recycling
  3. Kaipara Rubbish and Recycling

Healthcare Guide

Call General Healthline 0800 611 116.  Healthline | Ministry of Health

  1. Search For General practitioners | Healthpoint
  2. Finding a doctor | Ministry of Health
  3. Enrol with a GP | Your Local Doctor

Emergency

  1. When to visit an emergency department | Ministry of Health
  2. Ambulance charges | St Johns Ambulance

Hospitals

  1. Search for a public hospital in your area | Ministry of Health

Dental care services

    1. Search for a dentist in your area | Dental Council
    2. Dental Service | Ministry of Health

Medical specialists

  1. Search for a specialist in your area | Healthpoint

Maternity services

  1. Maternity services in New Zealand | Ministry of Health
  2. Pregnant in New Zealand | HealthEd

Child Health Services

  1. Well Child / Tamiriki Ora service | Ministry of Health
  2. Support for children under five years old | Plunket
  3. Free GP visits for under 13s | Ministry of Health

Elder care services

  1. Support for Senior Citizen

Mental health services

  1. Mental health services in New Zealand | Ministry of Health

Cars

  1. Autotrader
  2. Trade Me

Credit Cards

  1. ANZ Credit Cards
  2. Westpac credit card

Insurance

  1. AMI Insurance
  2. ICNZ | Insurance Council New Zealand

Retirement Guide

  1. Requirement

Embassies & Consulates

  1. List of Embassies & Consulates

Working Guide

  1. Immigration Application

Education Guide

  1. Application

Business Guide

  1. nzbizbuysell
  2. companysales
  3. Chamber of Commerce
  4. Economic Development Agency

Useful links

    1. Immigration New Zealand
    2. New Zealand Now
    3. Study in New Zealand
    4. Employment Relations – Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
    5. Tourism Guide
    6. Accommodation Guide
    7. Attractions Guide
    8. Tours Guide
    9. Transport Guide
    10. Top Tourism Site Award
    11. Yellow Pages
    12. White Pages

Useful Sites and Apps

    1. CamperMate
    2. New Zealand Transport Agency (link is external)
    3. MetService – weather updates (link is external)
    4. Tourism New Zealand (link is external)
    5. Automobile Association (link is external)
    6. NZ Mountain Safety Council (link is external)
    7. Department of Conservation (link is external)
    8. Holiday Parks (link is external)

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.