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NEW ZEALAND TRAVEL GUIDE

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New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty: jagged mountains, rolling pasture land, steep fjords, pristine trout-filled lakes, raging rivers, scenic beaches, and active volcanic zones

 

A country at the bottom of the world, New Zealand lies hidden in misty solitude. Kupe - the first explorer to land on its shores named it ‘Aotearoa’- Land of the Long White Cloud. New Zealand has everything an adventure holiday destination should have - mist-covered volcanoes, clear blue seas teeming with fish, snow-capped mountains, geysers, virgin rain forests, glaciers, the indigenous (Maori) culture and lots and lots of adventure sports.

 

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NEW ZEALAND QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Wellington
  • Currency: New Zealand dollar ($, NZD)
  • Area: 267,710 km²
  • Population: 4,886 million (2018)
  • Language: official: English, Māori and New Zealand sign language
  • Electricity: 230V, 50Hz (NZ plug)
 

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NEW ZEALAND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 2 January, Day after New Year’s
  • 6 February, Waitangi Day
  • 25 April, Anzac Day
  • 1st Monday in June, Queen’s Birthday
  • 4th Monday in October, Labour Day

Also, Good Friday through Easter Monday.

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NEW ZEALAND WEATHER SYNOPSIS

New Zealand has climate zones ranging from subtropical to sub-antarctic. The climate is heavily influenced by New Zealand’s location in a latitudinal zone with prevailing westerly winds and by the surrounding ocean. It is also influenced by mountain chains that modify the weather systems as they sweep eastward. This leads to more rainfall in the west and drier conditions in the east.

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NEW ZEALAND TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SNOW SPORT IN NEW ZEALAND

The snow sports season in New Zealand can stretch from June until October, with the most consistent season being from July to September.

HIKING & CYCLING IN NEW ZEALAND

The best time for outdoor activities in New Zealand will depend on where in the country you are. It is generally both drier and warmer from October to April.

BEACH OPTIONS IN NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand has a long, stunning coastline with plenty of beautiful beaches. The summer season for relaxing on these beaches is from December till March, although March can already start cooling down significantly.

SURFING IN NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand offers fantastic surfing conditions almost all year round. Winter can be very cold though, thus the most suitable conditions are usually from September to April, with the best and warmest months being December to March.

KITESURF IN NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand is a fantastic yet underrated kitesurfing destination. You can find suitable wind somewhere in NZ almost throughout the year if you are prepared to travel. The most consistent winds, and luckily warmer weather too, are from September to April.

For more details on kite surfing in New Zealand expand this section!

 
 

HEALTH RISKS IN NEW ZEALAND

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.

Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.

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LGBTQ IN NEW ZEALAND

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people's rights in New Zealand is advanced, relative to other countries in Oceania, and is one of the most liberal in the world. Same-sex marriage in New Zealand has been legal since 19 August 2013, making the country the first in the region and thirteenth in the world to enact same-sex marriage.

 

Discrimination regarding sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression has been banned since 1993 and the large majority of New Zealanders area accepting of same-sex relationships. There are annual Gay Pride events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch amongst other cities.

 
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