New Zealand Travel Guide
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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When to go
As always, the best time to travel New Zealand will depend on what you want to do. High season 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
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New Zealand borders are closed for all but critical travel. Those wishing to request an exception must submit a request to the government. New Zealand residents or those on exception are subject to 14 day quarantine upon arrival.
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Official currency: $ New Zealand dollar
Budget (in NZD): Traveling New Zealand is NOT cheap- those coming from SE Asia might be in shock. 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; $5-$10 for a beer; $2-$4: for a coffee
Credit cards: Contactless credit cards are used virtually everywhere
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**Recommendations are given assuming you are up to date on routine vaccinations. Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on required vaccinations for New Zealand travel specific to your country**
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Know before you go so you can be the most respectful and responsible visitor possible
Things to keep in mind when traveling New Zealand: 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.
Official Languages: English and New Zealand sign language
Plugs: 230/240 volts – same as Australia and parts of Asia – if you are from anywhere else you will need an adapter