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New Zealand Travel Tips - with Wired Destinations

Arrival

New Zealand's international airports are located at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Some flights from Australia also land at Hamilton, Palmerston North, Queenstown and Dunedin. All visitors to New Zealand must carry a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the date you intend to leave the country. Most visitors who intend to stay for less than three months do not require a visa. If you want to stay longer than three months, or your country of origin does not have a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, then you will need to apply for a Visitor's Visa. Currently travellers from more than 50 countries do not require a Visitor's Visa for stays less than three months. No vaccinations are required to enter New Zealand.

Climate

You can visit New Zealand at any time of the year. Summer and winter temperatures vary by only about 10A^?C over most of the country, making New Zealand an ideal holiday destination all year round. New Zealand's seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. This means that the warmest months are December, January and February, while the coldest are in June, July and August. Don't let cold months put you off - winters tend to be short and generally fairly mild.

Currency

New ZealandA^'s unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). Bank note denominations are 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars and coins are 5, 10, 20, 50 cents as well as $1 and $2.

There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought in or taken out of New Zealand. Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, some hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks, which are found at international airports and most city centres. All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand. Travellers Cheques are accepted at hotels, banks and some stores. Automated Teller Machines (ATM) are widely available at banks, along main shopping streets and in malls. International credit cards and ATM cards will work as long as they have a four-digit PIN encoded. Check with your bank before leaving home.

Time

UTC / GMT (+12) New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day. In summer New Zealand uses 'daylight saving', with clocks put forward one hour to GMT+13. Daylight saving begins on the first Sunday in October and ends on the third Sunday of the following March, when clocks are put back to GMT+12.

Business Hours

Banks are open from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Most shops and businesses are open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, as a minimum. Many stores also open Saturdays and some open on Sundays. In resorts you will find most stores open in the evenings. Banks are closed on weekends.

Communication

Most public call-phones take cards purchased from bookstalls and newsagents, with a minimum value of NZ. Some public call-phones also accept credit cards, but very few accept coins. Check with your phone company before leaving home about international mobile roam facilities available in New Zealand. You will need a RJ45 type plug to be able to connect your laptop into a computer socket in New Zealand, and an adaptor with a flat two or three-point power plug to connect to the power supply.

Electricity

Electricity is supplied throughout New Zealand at 230/240 volts (50 hertz), although most hotels and motels provide 110 volt AC sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only. For all other equipment, an adapter/converter is necessary, unless the item has a multi-voltage option. Please note that power outlets only accept flat three or two-pin plugs, depending on whether an earth connection is fitted.

Language

English is the common language of New Zealand. New Zealand is a multi-cultural society and you may hear many other languages spoken, including Maori, which is also an official language of New Zealand.

Dress Code

Dress is informal and relaxed on most occasions. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants and night-spots. Men are generally not expected to wear suits and ties, except in a few of the top formal bars and restaurants in major cities. In summer a light jacket or sweater should be included in your luggage should the weather turn cooler or you visit the high country. You can expect some rain, so include a light waterproof jacket or coat. Pack warm winter clothing if visiting between May and September. Layer your clothing.

Transport

Many destinations in New Zealand are just hours from each other. An extensive network of air, train and road services means most places can be reached by public transport. Take your pick from a wide range of travel options: hire motorhomes or rental cars for an independent holiday; if you want to relax and see as much as possible, buses and coaches link up with rail and ferry operators to take you the length of the country. Air travel is available to many destinations, and there are airport shuttles, taxis and even limousines to ferry you to your point of departure. The New Zealand Taxi Federation promotes safe and efficient high quality transport services. Visitors on a tight schedule may find that a fly/drive combination is the best travel solution, or if you want the ultimate in relaxation, you can cruise from port to port in a luxury liner.

Health Facilities

New Zealand is one of the safest travel destinations in the world, with a low crime rate, few endemic diseases and a first-class healthcare and accident compensation system. If you are injured in New Zealand, you may need the help of the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) - New Zealand's accident compensation scheme. In New Zealand, you cannot sue anyone for compensatory damages if you are injured. Instead ACC helps pay the cost of your treatment and helping in your recovery while you remain in New Zealand. You still need to purchase your own travel and medical insurance because ACC does not cover everything. ACC only covers treatment and rehabilitation in New Zealand, and usually you must pay part of the cost yourself. If you have a serious injury, with long-term effects, you may also be eligible to be assessed for lump-sum compensation once the injury is stable. The ACC does not pay any additional costs resulting from an accident, for example delayed or curtailed travel costs, travel home, treatment at home and loss of income in your home country. New Zealand's public and private medical/hospital facilities provide a high standard of treatment and service but it is important to note these services are not free to visitors, except as a result of an accident.

Visitors bringing in a quantity of medication are advised to carry a doctor's certificate to avoid possible problems with New Zealand Customs. Doctor's prescriptions are needed to obtain certain drugs in New Zealand.

In an emergency (Fire, Police, Ambulance, Search and Rescue) dial 111 from any phone.


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