NEW ZEALAND TRAVEL GUIDE

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INTRODUCTION

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.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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New Zealand has restricted entry to all travelers who are not New Zealand nationals (Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau) or permanent residents, with a few limited exceptions.The following people should seek approval from Immigration New Zealand (INZ) using the limited exceptions process:Partners, dependent children (aged 24 years and under) and legal guardians of New Zealand citizens and residents.
Australian citizens and permanent residents who normally live in New Zealand
Essential health workers
Other essential workers who are specifically agreed to by the New Zealand Government (see here for specific details)
Samoan and Tongan citizens making essential travel
New Zealand-based partners and dependent children (aged 19 years and under) of a work or student visa holder who is in New Zealand
Critical humanitarian travel
Maritime crewAll of the above travelers will be subject to mandatory isolation at a government facility for 14 days upon arrival unless they’re airline crew members or people transiting through.Travelers may only transit New Zealand if they’re Australian nationals or residents on their way to Australia, or they have government approval.
From June 19, transit will be open to all Cook Islanders and Cook Islands Permit Holders who have been present in New Zealand for at least 30 days and whose main purpose of travel is to return home, or to take up or resume employment.

 

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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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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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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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TOURIST SEASONS

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

Peak Season

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

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

HIKE & CYCLE:

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:

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.

WIND:

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!

SURFING:

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.

 

LGBTQ

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.

 

HEALTH

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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