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New Zealand

It might not be the cheapest or the easiest to get to, even if you’re in nearby Australia or SE Asia, but it is well worth the trip. No matter how many great things you’ve heard about traveling New Zealand before, you will still not be prepared for what awaits you in this stunning country. 

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Basic Info

Drinking water: Safe to drink from the tap

Plugs: Type I (See photo below)

Covid Updates

Closed for international travel


Official currency: $ New Zealand dollar

Budget: Traveling New Zealand is NOT cheap. Overall prices along with adventure sports, tours and transportation all start to add up but most places cater well to backpackers. Dorm beds in a hostel will run you $20-$35 NZD; $5-$10 for a beer; $2-$4 for a coffee

Credit cards: Contactless credit cards are used virtually everywhere 

Tipping: Not customary


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**Assuming you are current on routine vaccinations. Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on required vaccinations specific to your home country**


Exercise Normal Precautions

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Official Languages: English and NZ Sign Language

Some helpful kiwi slang and Maori 

Ta: Thank-you       Sweet as: Cool/awesome

Jandals: Flip flops     

Jafa: Someone from Auckland

Daiy: Corner store/bodega

Kia Ora: Hi (Maori) 

When to go

The best time to travel New Zealand will depend on what you want to do.  High season, which brings the most visitors and the highest prices, is the summer months between January and March and June and July for winter activities. 

Ski season lasts from May – September   

Shoulder season: October – November / April

Responsible Travel

Respect Maori cultures and traditions. If you’re taking a tour, make sure the company is helping to preserve cultural traditions. Be aware of sacred lands (for instance the peak of the famous Mount Doom Mountain) and avoid entering that area. Only travel with reputable tour operators for whale and dolphin watching and be very careful not to introduce anything new to their ecosystem.

New Zealand travel guides 

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