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New Zealand

New Zealand Travel Guide

Quick Facts

💰Currency New Zealand Dollar ($)
🔄Exchange Rate US$1 = $1.63
💬Languages English, Māori
🏙️Capital Wellington
👥Population 4.9 million
🚘Driving Side left
🔌Plugs I
🕑Time New Zealand Standard Time (UTC+12:00)
🍽️Must-Try Hangi, Pavlova, Kiwi Burger

Backpacker Budget: US$75 ($ 122)

Hostel Dorm US$25 ($ 41)
Takeaway Meal US$10 ($ 16)
Public transport US$5 ($ 8)
Long-distance bus US$50 ($ 82)
Entrance Fee US$20 ($ 33)
Beer US$5 ($ 8)

When to go?

December to February Summer
March to May Autumn
June to August Winter
September to November Spring

What's unique?

Welcome to New Zealand, a country that truly has it all. From breathtaking landscapes to vibrant cities, this island nation is a haven for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. Situated in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and rich indigenous culture.

Prepare to be awestruck by the enchanting landscapes that define this country. Explore towering snow-capped mountains, pristine lakes surrounded by lush forests, rugged coastlines adorned with golden beaches, and geothermal wonders that will leave you speechless. Don't forget your camera as you embark on thrilling hiking trails or take scenic drives through some of the most picturesque locations on earth.

But it's not just the landscapes that make New Zealand special. The warm and welcoming Kiwi hospitality adds an extra layer of charm to your visit. Immerse yourself in Maori traditions and experience their captivating cultural performances. Indulge in mouthwatering cuisine made from fresh local produce, or sip world-class wines in vineyards nestled amidst rolling hills.

Whether you're seeking adrenaline-pumping activities like bungee jumping or skydiving or prefer more leisurely pursuits such as exploring art galleries and museums in cosmopolitan cities like Auckland and Wellington, there's something for everyone here in New Zealand.

Mount Taranaki
Mount Taranaki

Highlights of New Zealand
(10 days)

  1. 1
    Auckland

    The largest city in New Zealand with a stunning waterfront and vibrant culture.

  2. 2
    Rotorua

    Famous for its geothermal activity and Maori culture.

  3. 3
    Wellington

    The capital city of New Zealand, known for its vibrant arts scene and beautiful harbor.

  4. 4
    Queenstown

    A popular adventure destination with breathtaking landscapes and outdoor activities.

  5. 5
    Milford Sound

    A stunning fjord known for its dramatic scenery, waterfalls, and wildlife.

Glacier Lake in Aoraki
Glacier Lake in Aoraki

Fun Fact

New Zealand is home to the world's longest place name, Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapiki-maungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitnatahu.

FAQ

Is New Zealand safe for tourists?

Yes, New Zealand is generally safe for tourists. However, it is always important to take normal precautions and be aware of your surroundings.

What are the must-visit tourist destinations in New Zealand?

Some of the must-visit tourist destinations in New Zealand include Queenstown, Milford Sound, Rotorua, and the Bay of Islands.

What are some essential phrases in Māori?

Some essential phrases in Māori include: - Kia ora (Hello) - Kei te pēhea koe? (How are you?) - Ka pai (Good) - Haere mai (Welcome)

What's the best way to get around New Zealand?

The best way to get around New Zealand is by renting a car or campervan. There are also buses and domestic flights available for longer distances.

Travel Tips

  • Money Cards are accepted universally
  • ATM Fees Most ATMs charge no fees
  • Free ATMs Kiwibank, Westpac Bank, BNZ Bank
  • Do take off your shoes when entering someone's home.
  • Do say 'Kia ora' as a general greeting.
  • Do respect Māori customs and traditions.
  • Don't touch or disturb wildlife.
  • Don't criticize or make jokes about the Māori culture.
  • Don't smoke in indoor public spaces.
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