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in New Zealand

With its awe-inspiring landscapes that take your breath away, absorbing indigenous culture and buzzing cities with a laid-back vibe, New Zealand is on the bucket list of many travellers. A country that is split across two islands, and with many contrasts, it is the many experiences on offer that make this destination a must-visit.

On the North Island, where most New Zealanders reside, you’ll find the vibrant cities of Wellington and Auckland. In Auckland, discover more than 1000 taonga (treasures) at the Auckland Museum, take a trip to Rotoroa Island, or climb Mount Eden for fantastic views of the city. In Wellington, tour the glorious botanical gardens, travel up the Wellington cable car, shop at Cuba Street, or visit the Zealandia Ecosanctuary, a protected natural area that’s home to hundreds of rare species.

On the South Island, you’ll find plenty of dramatic natural landscapes that are sure to wow and inspire. Get into the great outdoors with fantastic beaches, national parks and walking trails. The South Island is also where you’ll find the cities of Christchurch and Queenstown, otherwise known as New Zealand’s adventure capital.

Essential information

  • Take out comprehensive medical and travel insurance before you travel. Medical care can be expensive in New Zealand.
  • You can use a UK driving licence to drive in New Zealand for up to 12 months.
  • UK passport holders do not require a visa to enter New Zealand as a visitor for up to 6 months, but you do need to apply for a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) before travelling.
  • New Zealand has strict rules about bringing medications into the country. Any prescription medications must be declared on your passenger arrival card.
  • The currency in New Zealand is New Zealand Dollars (NZD).
  • New Zealand’s electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts. Plugs take the form of angled two or three pin plugs (as in Australia and parts of Asia). You will require an adapter.
  • New Zealand’s weather, like the UK’s, can vary greatly and swing from one extreme to the other. Pack accordingly and be sure to include layers, an umbrella, sun cream and comfortable waterproof shoes.
  • You’re not expected to tip in New Zealand unless you’ve received exceptional service. A tip of 10% is generally the norm.

Best time to travel

The best time to experience New Zealand is in the summer, between December and February, when temperatures can reach up to 30°C. Travelling in spring time or autumn can get you better deals on hotels and flights, and temperatures can still be in the high teens. Winter months (June to August) can be particularly cold in the South Island, but are great for those who love to ski.