VISITORS INFORMATION ABOUT NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand’s separation from other landmasses 100 million years ago allowed many ancient plants and animals to survive and evolve in isolation. Complementing our unique flora and fauna is the variety of landforms. In several day’s drive it is possible to see mountain ranges, sandy beaches, lush rainforests, glaciers and fiords and active volcanoes
New Zealand and its People:
New Zealand is comparable in size to Great Britain and Colorado and has a population of four million. New Zealand’s society is diverse, sophisticated and multicultural, displaying a unique and dynamic culture, influenced by European, Maori, Pacific and Asian peoples. The honesty, friendliness and openness of New Zealanders will impress you.
Getting to New Zealand:
New Zealand is a three and half-hour flight from Australia. From the West Coast of the United States a direct flight to New Zealand takes twelve hours. Other destinations on the Pacific Rim including Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo, flights take approximately ten hours. The majority of international flights to New Zealand arrive in Auckland or Christchurch.
New Zealand has four distinct seasons:
Spring September November 52 – 63 F 11 – 17 C
Summer December February 70 – 96 F 21 – 30 C
Autumn March May 54 – 76 F 12 – 25 C
Winter June August 41 – 54 F 05 – 12 C
English is the common language of New Zealand. New Zealand is a multi-cultural society and you may hear many other languages spoken, including Maori, which is an offical language of New Zealand.
New Zealand’s unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). The US dollar is accepted widely. Foreign Currency can easily be exchanged at banks and at some hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks, which are found at international airports and most city centres. Banks are open from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
Automated Teller Machines (ATM) are widely available at banks. International credit cards and ATM cards will work as long as they have a four-digit PIN encoded. All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand. Traveller’s Cheques are accepted at hotels, banks and some stores.
No vaccinations are required to enter New Zealand.
General Insurance and Safety:
New Zealand is one of the safest holiday destinations in the world. You should observe the same precautions with your personal safety and possessions as you would in any other country or at home. We recommend you invest in comprehensive travel insurance.
Health and Medical Insurance:
We strongly recommend health insurance. New Zealand’s public and private medical/hospital facilities provide a high standard of treatment. These services are not free to visitors, except as a result of an accident.
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Contact Gerald or Sue Telford if you want any additional information about your New Zealand holiday.