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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources

 

Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Visa HQ
Diplomatic Representations
New Zealand embassies abroad
 
IATA Travel Center
 

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
Car and Taxis are the easiest way to travel in New Zealand cities. For more information click on this link.
Maps of Urban Networks
Maporama
Mapblast
UT Library on line

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Auckland Intl (AKL) 22 km / 14 miles NZD 55-65 / 30-45 min NZD15 / 61 min Not available Available
Wellington (WLG) 8 km / 5 miles NZD 30-35 / 15-20 min NZD 5.50 / 20 min Not available Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Recommendation
The New Zealand rail network is efficient and modern, but not particularly extensive. A national bus service is also in operation. For more details, consult the website of Intercity Coachlines.
Rail Companies
Rail New Zealand

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Airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Air New Zealand Major yes Yes
Pacific Blue Low cost yes Yes
Qantas Major yes Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Recommendation
Roads are in very good condition. Driving is on the left side of the road. It is strongly advised to get a comprehensive insurance.
Road Maps
Zoomin Maps
Find an Itinerary
AA MAPS
Auckland

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Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
The National Museum of New Zealand in the capital Wellington, Te Papa, is the best way to discover the rich history of the country, its indigenous people and first European settlers. Visit The National Museum of New Zealand
Cultural
Many exhibitions, festivals, screening, Maori cultural events take place throughout the year. For more information click on this link
Nature
New Zealand is the outdoor country par excellence. Visit the National park  
Religious
There are many Maori sacred sites and tribal meeting places around the country. Visit the Indigenous New Zealand website 
Thermal
Hot springs flow all over the country. There are many natural spas, in particular in the North Island around Roturoa.
Beach
New Zealand has an extraordinarily extended coastline in comparison to its size, with an abundance of beautiful beaches, from sandy to rock-strewn. For more information click on this link
Winter Sports
There are over 15 national ski resorts with good snow and superb countryside. For more information, visit this link
Outdoor Activities
New Zealand is one of the world capitals of bushwalking (tramping), with hundreds of outstanding tracks, regional and National parks as well as UNESCO World Heritage areas to explore. Sailing, bicycle touring, whales watching, skiing and golfing are also very popular. The country is the world capital of bungee jumping and rugby is a way of life for many kiwis.
Shopping
Auckland and Wellington are the two capitals of shopping in New Zealand.
Top Highlights in the Main Cities
National Museum
Parliament
Home of the All Black rugby Union Team
Top Highlights of the Country
Bay Of Islands
National Glaciers
Queenstown
Tourism Organizations
New Zealand Tourism
100%Pure New Zealand
Ministry of Tourism

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
No specific vaccination is required.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
New Zealand Hospitals
 

Emergency Numbers

Fire and Ambulance 111
Police 111
Marine Emergency 0508 472 269 / 406 distress beacons
 

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Wellington, Auckland (GMT+12 in winter, GMT+13 in summer.)
Summer Time Period
Summer time from October to March.
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
The latitude of New Zealand corresponds closely to that of Italy in the Northern Hemisphere. However, its isolation from continental influences and exposure to cold southerly winds and ocean currents gives the climate a much milder character. The climate throughout the country is mild and temperate, mainly maritime, with temperatures rarely falling below 0 °C or rising above 30 °C in populated areas. Conditions vary sharply across regions from extremely wet on the West Coast of the South Island to semi-arid inland Canterbury and subtropical in Northland. Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch all receive a yearly average in excess of 2000 hours of sunshine per annum. The southern and south-western parts of South Island have a cooler and cloudier climate, with around 1400–1600 sunshine hours per annum; whilst the northern and north-eastern parts of the South Island are the sunniest areas of the country and receive approximately 2400–2500 sunshine hours per annum.
For Further Information
New Zealand meteorological service
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

Climate

 

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Eating

Food Specialties
Much of contemporary New Zealand culture is derived from British roots. It also includes significant influences from Maori but also American and Australian cultures, along with those of other European cultures and more recently non-Maori Polynesian and Asian cultures. All this reflects in a multicultural cuisine with no specific national dish but plenty of interesting culinary discoveries.
Drinks
Beer is the most popular drink, with wine a close second in a country which produces amongst the best Pinot Noir & Sauvignon Blanc in the world.
Dietary Restrictions
None.

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Paying

Domestic Currency
New Zealand Dollar
ISO Code
NZD
To Obtain Domestic Currency
It may be useful to arrive in the country with some NZD in your pocket. But rather than going to a bureau de change, which can be expensive, or using traveler’s checks which sometimes require a long time to cash, it is better to withdraw NZD directly from banks’ ATMs (small fees apply).
Possible Means of Payment
Payment is usually in cash. A credit card is also useful, but is only taken in the larger establishments. ATMs are easily accessible all day long. There are plenty of them in airports and town centers.

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Speaking

Official Language
English and Maori.
Business Language
English
Getting Some Knowledge
The British Council website gives you typical phrases to learn in English. For more information log on Learning English
Free Translation Tools
Free Translation : Online translation.
World Reference
: online dictionary.

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Useful Resources

To Find an Apartment
Real Gold Real Estate agency

New Zealand Herald
FINDA.CO.NZ
To Find a Job
SEEK New Zealand (en anglais)
NEW KIWI 

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