Banks are generally open from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm from Monday to
Zealand offers a very advanced banking system and a nearly cashless
all cities and most small towns you will find banks or ATM machines
that accept international bank and credit cards.
dont forget we are also a modern country, so bring a smart outfit
for a night out on the town.
Apart from the big cities New Zealand is a very casual country and the
weather can be unpredictable. Bring comfortable shoes and casual
clothes that you can wear in layers (Shorts and T-shirts,
sweater and a waterproof jacket).
major international credit cards are accepted such as Visa,
Mastercard, American Express and to a lesser extent Diners Club.
If you are unsure please let us know which bank you use and we will
check its availability. If your bank or credit card is encoded
with a pin number and has an international acceptance mark on it such
as Visa, Plus, Mastercard or Maestro, you will be able to get money at
any ATM machine.
New Zealand currency is decimal; Dollar
notes are in domination of five, ten, twenty, fifty and hundred. There
is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that can be bought
in or taken out of New Zealand. You can pay with credit card,
bank notes, travellers cheques and coin.
Money exchange facilities are available in banks, hotels and
international air passengers have to pay a departure tax of $25.00NZ
in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
a Car -
Cars are smaller than in the USA and you have to remember that when
you pack your luggage. In New Zealand you drive on the left side
of the road and there are some minor differences to other
international regulations. Speed limits include 50km/h in build
up areas, and 100km/h on highways and freeways. Seat belts are
compulsary for all passengers and the driver. Be careful walking
across the street, cars dont have to stop for you.
You are permitted to carry 200 cigarettes, one litre of spirits plus
six bottles of wine.
Goods up to a total of NZ $700,00 are free of duty.
There are plenty of E-mail centers located in most major cities and
nearly any accommodation will offer you the use of their connections.
Electrical currents in New Zealand are at 230 volts, 50 hertz AC.
Most power sockets in New Zealand accept three-pin flat plugs
or similar adapters. Let us know if you require any special
accessories for your equipment.
to New Zealand is granted to visitors who intend to visit a
tourist and carry a fully paid return or onward ticket to a
country they may enter.
have to show sufficient funds to maintain yourselves while in the
will require a passport, which must be valid for 3 months beyond
the date of your full holiday.
have to hold a valid Visa. Most Europeans and American Citizens
receive a tourist Visa upon entry to the country.
entering New Zealand do not need any vaccination certificates.
persons arriving in New Zealand must complete an arrival card
before passing through immigration and customs. This will be
given to you on your incoming flight. You will receive some
related information from us before getting on the plane.
- Goods and Services Tax -
New Zealand, all goods and services are subject to 12.5% retail tax
(GST). This is usually included in the displayed price,
unless otherwise stated. Visitors cannot claim refunds on this tax
(Exception major exports).
New Zealands medical & hospital facilities, both public and
private, provide a high standard of treatment and care. It is
important to note that medical services are not free to visitors
(Except as a result of an accident). We recommend personal
The metric System is employed throughout New Zealand.
Post Offices are open seven days a week. In more remote towns
the general store often has a post shop service.
New Zealand has very strict quarantine regulations. Do not bring
any raw food, fruit, plant material, or soil with you. There are
severe penalties if you do.
New Zealand you are responsible for your own safety. With
anything you plan to do, even a guided tour, you will need to use your
own judgment when it comes to safety.
You cannot sue anybody for your misjudgment.
and shops are usually open from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm Monday through to
Friday (most supermarkets in the cities are open between 8.00am -
9:00pm and 9.00am to 5.00pm on Saturday and Sunday). Shops in
cities and tourist areas are open longer than in rural areas. It
is dependant on the demand on services.
Be sure you bring plenty of sunscreen. The burn time is usually
around 10 minutes in the summertime and even with just a mild 20º C
you will need good protection on a clear day.
Water temperatures for swimming in the ocean vary greatly depending on
where you are in New Zealand. In the summer you will find it
very comfortable to go into the water. Most other times you need
to wear a wet suit.
All international telecommunications are readily available in New
Zealand. There is an excellent network throughout the country.
Public telephones use either coins (20 cents) or phone cards ,
which are widely available from stationery stores, post offices,
tourist offices and supermarkets. Most
international mobile phones will work in New Zealand. Still if you
need to hire one please advice us.
New Zealand is the first in the world to see the sun, and is 12 hours
ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Summer is from December to
February and winter from June to August.
It is by now normal practice to tip or give gratuities but it is not
expected. If you feel that you have received special service or
help then it is at your discretion. There are no service charges
added to bills in hotels or restaurants.
Throughout the country it is safe to drink from taps. It is
fresh and has been treated to remove impurities. Water in
streams and Lakes should still be boiled before consumption.