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Facts to Know Before Travelling to New Zealand

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What’s The Weather Like in New Zealand?

New Zealand experiences the four main seasons | Credit: @giphy

One of the first facts to know before travelling to a country is to know the weather and New Zealand has a temperate climate. The country has four distinct seasons: spring (September to November), summer (December to February), autumn (March to May), and winter (June to August). Typically, the average summer temperatures have only a ten-degree difference with winter temperatures. Weather is usually mild with only a moderate rainfall, although it can rapidly change during the course of a day.

When is the Best Time to Travel to New Zealand?

Because the country enjoys moderate weather all year-round, you can visit New Zealand pretty much any time you like. It’s just a matter of deciding what to do once you’re there. If you’re planning to be on the beach and in the water for most of your holiday, go there in summer. Autumn is best for hikes and going on nature walks. If you want to go skiing or snowboarding, you have to go in winter.

What Languages are Spoken in New Zealand?

Maori language is one of the most used language in New Zealand
Some of the common phrases of the Maori language | Credit: Kapiti Coast

New Zealand has three official languages: English, Maori and New Zealand Sign Language. English is the most widely spoken, but it won’t hurt to learn a few Maori phrases before you travel to New Zealand.

Do Kiwis Observe a Dress Code?

A festival that happens every March in Wellington, New Zealand
The people of New Zealand enjoying a laid back festival | Credit: @benhowe

Here’s another one of these interesting facts to know before travelling to New Zealand. Kiwis are relaxed in their manner of dressing. Smart casual is called for when dining at restaurants and nightclubs. Men are only required to wear suits at formal dining settings. Because the country often experiences changeable weather, you may need to bring a light jacket or cardigan with you.

Do I Need a Visa to Travel to New Zealand?

If you come from a country that falls under New Zealand’s visa-waiver list, you won’t need a visa to travel and stay there up to three months. You’ll find this list in the New Zealand Immigration website. Citizens of the UK, however, can stay visa-free for up to six months, while visitors from Australia don’t need visas to stay in New Zealand.

What’s the Currency in New Zealand?

The currency used in New Zealand is NZ dollar
New Zealand dollars

New Zealand uses the NZ dollar, available in coin denominations of 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2, as well as banknote denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100.

How Do I Get Around in New Zealand?

Travelers prefer to use camper vans to move around North and South Island
Camper van is one of the famous mode of transportation for travelers in New Zealand | Credit: @treyratcliff

Most of the larger cities in New Zealand operate bus and shuttle services, but they run only on weekdays during the daytime. Some cities extend their bus operations to late night on Fridays and Saturdays to accommodate weekend parties. There are also metered taxis. You can also drive in New Zealand if you have an international driver’s license or a license from your home country in English. Traveling from city to city, on the other hand, is only a matter of traveling by train, ferry, bus or plane. You can also rent a motorcycle or camper van.

Can I Use My Electronic Gadgets Safely in New Zealand? What’s the Voltage There?

Most sockets in New Zealand can fit only flat two-pin or three-pin plugs
New Zealand power plug and socket

New Zealand’s electricity supply is at 230/240V at 50Hz. Most accommodations do provide 110V AC sockets. Most sockets can fit only flat two-pin or three-pin plugs, so you may need an adaptor if your pins are rounded.

Can I Use My Mobile Phone While Traveling in New Zealand?

That depends on your service provider; you may have to activate your roaming services before you travel to NZ. But you can buy a local SIM card and use a prepaid account.

What Emergency Numbers Do I Need to Know Just in Case?

If ever you are in an emergency situation, you can dial 111 for help. This gives you access to New Zealand’s four main emergency services, namely: police, fire, ambulances, and civil defense.

So there you go, fast facts you should know before travelling to New Zealand. Looking forward to your trip now? What are you waiting for? Just a few clicks away to book your holiday!

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