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New Zealand visitor info

All our sales consultants are all qualified Kiwi Specialists and are happy to offer information and advice to anyone travelling to New Zealand. Below you can find information on some of the most commonly asked questions about New Zealand.

Entry Requirements

Unlike visitors to neighbouring Australia, New Zealand holidaymakers do not need to apply for visas. The entry requirements are relatively straightforward – below is our essential checklist when planning your kiwi holiday:

  • For a stay of less than 6 months, a visa is not required – the only necessity is a valid UK passport. Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after your period of intended stay.
  • You must have valid documentation, i.e. tickets and entry documents.
  • If you have already booked your accommodation, you must have 400 New Zealand Dollars (NZD) in your possession in order to be allowed entry into the country.
  • If you are planning to find accommodation whilst in New Zealand, you must have NZD 1000. This is to prove that you have enough money to be self-sufficient on your holiday and will not need to work. Working without a valid work-visa is an offence.

Travel Insurance

It is not compulsory to have insurance on your holiday in New Zealand, but we strongly recommends that you do. Your policy will cover you for the costs that may incur from injury, theft and even holiday cancellation. We offer competitive rates for a range of insurance policies including single trip, over 64’s, business and backpacker travel insurance.

For more info see our travel insurance page

Currency

New Zealand’s currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZD, NZ$ or colloquially known as the Kiwi dollar) and bank notes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollar notes with 1 dollar representing 100 cents. The exchange rate is approximately £0.389 = 1 NZD, but rates should be checked on the day of purchase. Travelers cheques and Credit Cards are also welcomed, but a small commission charge may be added to your purchases. Most banks are open 9am-4pm Monday to Friday.

Health

Health care services in New Zealand are highly regarded, but can prove extremely expensive. Travelers are advised to take out sufficient insurance to cover them in case of accident, injury or illness. New Zealand has a reciprocal health agreement with the UK to provide free emergency treatment for travelers with a valid UK passport. There are no compulsory vaccinations for visitors to New Zealand, but strong insect repellent is recommended, particularly at night, to deter the mosquitoes. Sun-cream should be carried at all times and applied regularly to avoid sunburn and potential skin damage.

For more info visit the Department of Health
 

Climate

New Zealand’s north experiences subtropical temperatures, whereas the south and alpine mountain areas are cooler. The west coast of the South Island is the wettest area and the average annual rainfall for the whole country is between 600 and 1600mm. New Zealand has an annual average of at least 2000 hours of sunshine, and the average temperature for the south is 10°C whilst the north reaches a height of 16°C.The seasons in New Zealand are the opposite of the UK’s calendar, so if you want to holiday at the start of the summer, you need to fly in December. Whatever time of year you decide to travel, you can be sure of comfortable weather.

For more info visit New Zealand’s weather observations and forecasts website

 

Customs Allowance

Visitors to New Zealand over 18 years of age are restricted to the following quantities of duty free goods:

  • 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco or 50 cigarettes (or a mixture of all three not weighing more than 250 grams).
  • 4.5 litres of wine or 4.5 litres of beer or 1 bottle containing no more than 1125ml of spirits or liqueur.
For all other duty free purchases, including gifts, visitors are restricted to spending 700 NZD per person.
 

Taxes and Tipping

All purchases made within New Zealand are subject to a 12.5% Goods and Services Tax (GST), which is included in the displayed price. This tax cannot be claimed back.

New Zealanders do not expect tips from tourists for normal service, even in restaurants and bars. A polite tip can be made for special service or exceptional kindness, but this is not obligatory. Hotels and restaurants do not add a service charge to the customer’s bill.

 

Travelling around New Zealand

New Zealand is not a huge country – to get from the top (Auckland) to the bottom (Wellington) of North Island takes 9.15 hours, whereas on the larger South Island it takes 18.25 hours to drive from Picton on the top east coast to Milford Sound on the south west coast. Regular flights and cruises are available for transportation between the two islands. Traveling times are relatively small in comparison to Australia, making it easier to see New Zealand from on the road. So if you want to be in control of your own exploration in New Zealand, we offers both car and motor home hire to include within your holiday package.