New Zealand

Travel Info


English is the predominant language in New Zealand, spoken by 98 percent of the population. Some particularities build the New Zealand English dialect, in which we can highlight the pronunciation of words such as "bad", "dead", "fish" and "chips" sound like "bed", "did", "fush" and "chups" to non-New Zealanders.

In the 2000s New Zealand English varieties included Māori English, which was mostly, but not exclusively, spoken by Māori; and Southland English, which features what people call a rolling ‘R’.

In the past people complained that the New Zealand accent was due to laziness or bad influences. Today it is thought to be based on the accent of south-east England, where most migrants came from.


New Zealand currencyThe official New Zealand currency is the New Zealand Dollar, whose symbol is NZ$.

As at October 2014 the currency exchange rate is as below.

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1 USD = 1.2549 NZD, 1 NZD = 0.7968 USD



New Zealand's climate is complex due to its highly varied topography and varies from warm subtropical in the far north to cool temperate climates in the far south, with severe alpine conditions in the mountainous areas (around -10°C).

Cape ReingaAs most of the country lies close to the coast, the temperatures are mild during whole year, that means generally there are relatively small variations between summer and winter temperatures, although inland and to the east of the ranges the variation is greater (up to 14°C).

January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month of the year with snow in the south and rain in the north. During springer the weather is unpredictable from cold, frosty, clear days to sunny and hot. Temperatures during autumn are a little cooler than summer but the New Zealand weather can be excellent. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20-30°C and in winter between 10-15°C.

The midday summer solar radiation index (UVI) is often very high in most places and can be extreme in northern New Zealand and in mountainous areas. Autumn and spring UVI values can be high in most areas. Due that, the sunlight can quickly burn skin even on cloudy days. So, it is highly recommended the use of SPF 30+ sunscreen and wearing a shirt, hat and sunglasses.

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New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). During summer daylight saving time is observed since the last Sunday in September until the first Sunday of the following April, and NZDT is used instead (GMT+13).

Travel Distances

Due to the short distances amongst its cities, tourists can easily travel around New Zealand. As a small country, hiring a car and driving from one place to the other is common, however it is recommendable to travel by plane if you are planning on travelling from the North to the South Island or from cities located on the extremes in each island. Check below the travel distances in Kilometres.

North Island Travelling Distances (Distance in Km)

Cities Auckland Cape Reinga Coromandel Hamilton New Plymouth Paihia Palmerston North Rotorua Taupo Wellington Whangarei
Auckland   441 157 112 349 247 515 219 264 634 178
Cape Reinga 441   589 567 781 213 947 651 696 1,066 264
Coromandel 157 589   163 392 395 514 214 263 633 326
Hamilton 117 544 163   240 350 404 108 153 523 281
New Plymouth 353 781 391 239   587 234 297 295 353 518
Paihia 247 213 396 351 588   753 458 502 873 70.3
Palmerston North 520 947 514 403 234 753   332 252 141 684
Rotorua 224 651 214 108 297 457 332   81.3 452 388
Taupo 269 696 263 152 296 502 251 81.3   371 433
Wellington 639 1,066 633 522 353 872 140 451 371   803
Whangarei 178 264 326 282 519 70.2 684 388 433 803  

South Island Travelling Distances (Distance in Km)

Cities Christchurch Dunedin Franz Josef Hanmer Springs Invercargill Milford Sound Mt Cook Nelson Queenstown
Christchurch   361 386 134 567 758 330 415 483
Dunedin 361   555 487 206 407 320 769 283
Franz Josef 386 555   387 524 625 484 459 350
Hanmer Springs 134 487 387   693 883 456 300 609
Invercargill 568 206 524 693   273 435 975 186
Milford Sound 758 407 625 883 273   537 1,165 288
Mt Cook 330 320 484 456 435 537   737 262
Nelson 415 769 459 300 975 1,165 737   890
Queenstown 483 283 350 609 186 288 262 890   


On arrival, New Zealand’s visitors need to present to Immigration a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the intended departure date. People from visa-waiver countries can spend for up to three months in New Zealand and do not need to apply for a visa before their arrival, but they need to provide travel tickets or evidence of onward travel arrangements and evidence of funds for maintenance.

UK passport holders are granted a visitor visa for up to 6 months upon arrival in New Zealand. Australian citizens and permanent residents do not usually need a visa to travel to New Zealand.

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