New Zealand is a remote land located more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) southeast of Australia, its nearest neighbour. It comprises two main islands, the North and the South Island and many small islands. Wellington is the Capital city, and Auckland is the largest urban area on the North Island.
New Zealand has many contrasts, including active volcanoes, spectacular caves, deep glacier lakes, fjords, long sandy beaches, and the stunning snowcapped peaks of the Southern Alps.
From the North to the South Island, you get to experience everything that makes for an unforgettable trip; vibrant culture, friendly people, delicious food, and a never-ending treasure of natural wonders unlike anywhere else.
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT
During summer, summer is the best time to visit New Zealand, between December to March, with temperatures between 61°F and 75°F.
Snow often falls in the South Island between June and September and in some of the North Island’s more mountainous areas.
The spring and fall months have milder weather and are enjoyable to visit. Temperatures are usually 50°F and 60°F.
New Zealand has a pleasant climate with mild temperatures, moderate rainfall and abundant sunshine.
WHAT TO EXPECT
New Zealand has three official languages, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language, while English is the primary language used.
Currency: New Zealand dollar (NZD)
Banks & ATMs:
Major Banks are ANZ, Bank of New Zealand, ASB Bank, Kiwibank, SBS (to name a few). You’ll find ATMs anywhere in the city, like airports, malls, banks, and other commercial buildings.
Plugs and Sockets:
New Zealand’s electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts
Plugs used Type I and are angled two or three-pin plugs (the same as Australia).
Always advisable to carry an international adapter
New Zealand is considered one of the safest countries in the world, with crime rates low. And there is also no dangerous wildlife to worry about – no snakes, scorpions, and crocodiles!
Air New Zealand is New Zealand’s national airline based at Auckland Airport, but major airlines like Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia also have connections into New Zealand.