4.5 million people, approx 3/4 live in the North Island. Ethnic mix: European 75.8%, Maori 13.8%, Pacific Islander 5.3%, Asian 4.5%.
New Zealand leads the world time wise. 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +12) and 19 hours ahead of Pacific Standard time (PST). Daylight Saving (GMT+13) begins on the last Sunday in September and ends on the first Sunday in April.
All visitors require a passport valid for at least 3 months after their planned departure date. Non Australian passport holders can obtain requirements from the New Zealand Immigration Service. PO Box 4130, Wellington, New Zealand. Website www.immigration.govt.nz
New Zealand provides a high level of treatment in both public and private hospitals, however these services are not free, except in the case of an accident whereby visitors are covered under the local Accident Compensation Scheme for personal injury. It is strongly recommended that you have your own private travel insurance.
Goods and Services Tax (GST)
All goods and services in New Zealand are subject to a 15%. Goods and Services Tax (GST) included in our prices. Visitors cannot claim a refund on this tax.
230/240 volts, the same as Australia and Europe. 3 prong plugs are used. Appliances designed for DC supply or different voltages need a transformer.
There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency that can be taken in or out of New Zealand, however amounts of NZ$10,000 or more need to be declared. Banks operate from Monday to Friday 9am- 4pm and are willing to changeLost Kiwi travellers cheques, as are large shops and hotels, however at a slightly lower rate. Credit cards are accepted throughout the country with Visa and American Express being the most popular. Automated Teller Machines (ATM) are widely available.
A full New Zealand, Australian, English language or International Licence is required to hire most vehicles (and must be sighted at commencement of hire). Min. age 21 years. Motorists drive on the left-hand side of the road and operate right-hand drive vehicles. Wearing seat belts is mandatory. Speed limits are generally 100kph (60mph) on open roads and 50kph (30mph) through towns unless otherwise stated. Fuel prices vary from NZ$2.20 per litre for petrol to approx NZ$1.60 for diesel per litre. Don’t drink and drive! At the time of printing the legal alcohol limit for drivers was 50mg alcohol per 100ml of blood. Rental cars are not permitted on unsealed roads. We urge you to fully read your rental contracts before signing as conditions vary between companies.
Travel Insurance Vs Car Insurance
Personal travel insurance is a contract between the insurance company and YOU. It is NOT between the rental car company and the insurance company. Therefore you’ll need to negotiate a level of insurance cover with the car company and any claims will be deducted from your credit card. It’s then up to you to reclaim it from your travel insurance company if appropriate.
New Zealand has a temperate climate. Winter temperatures (May – Aug) can range from 0ºC to 18ºC (32ºF to 65ºF) andsummer from 9ºC to 26ºC (48ºF to 79ºF). Because of its latitude and wide ranging altitude, New Zealand’s weather can change quickly. Days outside of the above averages are not uncommon. It is recommended that a warm windproof jacket be carried during all seasons. Note: due to the lack of air pollution it is easy to burn in the sun, even on relatively cool days.
Star ratings are approx. only and intended to help you gauge the level and type most suited to your needs. Wherever possible we have used the NZ official Qualmark rating which means properties have undergone a rigorous, independent assessment. As not all properties are Qualmark rated, we have tried to estimate an approx. star rating for the remainder. We stress that this is a guide only. We do not take any responsibility for a change in standards. It is also important that you recognise the difference between styles of accommodation eg. 5 star motels will not have the same level of services or facilities as 5 star hotels. Some properties have a range of styles making them difficult to categorise.
|2 stars||Basic, well maintained standard|
|3 stars||Comfortable, moderate rating|
|4 stars||Exceptionally well appointed establishment|
|5 stars||Superior standard and extensive range of services|
Generally has a licensed bar and restaurant or charge back arrangements. Rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and usually a fridge. Some also include self contained apartments. On site management.
Self Contained and Serviced
Encompassing a broad range from motels, motor inns, motor lodges, motel apartments, serviced apartments and serviced holiday cottages. Frequently with cooking facilities.
Guest and Hosted
Includes Bed and Breakfast, farmstays, homestays, guest houses, boutique lodges. Character accommodation with an emphasis on personal interaction between the guest and the host.
Can overlap with Guest and Hosted. Small and exclusive offering the finest of food, wine and facilities, often in remote or spectacular locations. Usually includes meals.
Weather in Auckland
Weather in Christchurch
- 01 Jan 2017 – New Year’s Day
- 03 Jan 2017 – Day After New Year’s Day
- 06 Feb 2017 – Waitangi Day
- 14 Apr 2017 – Good Friday
- 17 Apr 2017 – Easter Monday
- 25 Apr 2017 – Anzac Day
- 05 Jun 2017 – Queen’s Birthday
- 23 Oct 2017 – Labour Day
- 25 Dec 2017 – Christmas Day
- 26 Dec 2017 – Boxing Day
Primary, Intermediate and Secondary School
- 20 Dec 2016 – 07 Feb 2017
- 14 Apr 2017 – 30 Apr 2017
- 08 Jul 2017 – 23 Jul 2017
- 30 Sep 2017 – 15 Oct 2017