What you need to know
Information and Facts
New Zealand is known as the land of many options for all kinds of adventure for all different types of travellers. Looking to explore the country’s fascinating landscapes? The breathtaking coastlines? Be on some great cycling and walking trails… or partake in aquatic activities like kayaking, sailing or diving. Whatever you fancy, this is the destination that will never be dull.
New Zealand’s climate is the opposite of our climate and altogether a lovely destination to visit year-round. Summer is between December and February, autumn is between March and May, winter is between June and August and spring is September to November. Snow can appear throughout June to October, yet most of the snow calls in mountainous regions.
New Zealand is generally a very safe destination. We recommend that all our travellers purchase travel insurance to cover theft, loss, cancellations/travel interruptions, accidents and non-pre-existing medical problems. Take necessary travel precautions; bring sun block and sun glasses with you, have copies on-hand of your important documents.
WHO recommends travellers be up to date with Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap(tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.
Currency & Customs
The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar, which more or less at-par to the Canadian Dollar. Tipping is not customary in the country; however, hotels, tour guides/ground operators and restaurants do not add service charges to your bill and if you feel your service provider went above and beyond, it is recommended to tip about 10%.
The electrical current for New Zealand (and Australia) is 220-240 volts; it is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust.
The main spoken language in New Zealand is English. As well, the Māori language of the indigenous residents of New Zealand is also recognized as a national language.