New Zealand Travel Guide
With sky-high mountains and 15,000 kilometres of coastline, New Zealand is a haven for hikers, skiers and surfers alike. Luxurious vistas of snowcapped peaks and turquoise waters combine with captivating experiences that will satisfy your inner explorer. So, whether you're a hobbit fanatic, adventure fiend or outdoor gawker, we promise that your ideal escape is just around the corner.
One of the most stunning fjords on New Zealand’s South Island, it’s famous for towering mountains, rainforests and waterfalls. As well as extremely picturesque, it’s also home to seals, penguins and dolphins. A boat tour or hiring a kayak is the best way to see Milford Sound.
Waiotapu - Maori for "sacred waters" - is an active geothermal area, south of Rotorua. It is most well-known for its geysers and colourful hot springs, including the Champagne Pool and Artist's Palette.
Tongariro National Park
As New Zealand’s oldest national park, Tongariro is rich in cultural identity and natural scenery. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of the most popular day hikes in the country, with awe-inspiring views such as the Emerald Lakes.
Located in the alps of the South Island, Lake Wanaka has an altitude of 300 metres and is a popular destination for adventure tourism, including skiing, hiking, skydiving and kayaking. Its location in Mt Aspiring National Park, a UNESCO Heritage Area, make for unforgettable views.
Kaikoura is a town on the east coast of the South Island, most notable for its abundance in wildlife. Here, you can swim with wild dolphins and take tours to watch the population of sperm whales and fur seals.
Auckland Sky Tower
A prominent feature in Auckland’s skyline, the Sky Tower is a 60-story building offering panoramic views of the city as well as a revolving restaurant and even bungee jumping. The Auckland region itself has a lot on offer - head to Waiheke Island for world-class wineries.
Located in the South East of the Oceania continent, New Zealand is an island country in the South-West Pacific Ocean. Flying Auckland to Sydney, the country is merely a 3.5-hour flight from its largest neighbour, Australia.
Sitting on the North Island along the Cook Strait, Wellington is the southernmost capital in the world. The city encompasses 50,000 hectares of forests and parks, a lively working harbour and over 400 cafes and restaurants.
Auckland International Airport is New Zealand’s biggest and busiest airports, connecting with a large number of international and domestic destinations. The airport is situated 20km south of the city centre.
The official languages of New Zealand are English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language. However, English is the language predominantly spoken in the country.
The unit of currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). The lowest denomination of cash is the 10 cent piece.
For trips up to 90 days, visitors to New Zealand (who are not Australian) must apply for an Electronic Tourist Authority (eTA). You might also be required to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). Check with New Zealand Immigration for the most up-to-date information.
New Zealand’s electricity runs at 230/240 volts and uses angled two or three pin plugs (same as Australia). It is recommended to bring the appropriate adaptor for your country.
Generally, no vaccinations are required for travelling to New Zealand. However, you should be up to date on your routine vaccination. Hepatitis A and B may be recommended depending on your travel itinerary and what country you are travelling from.
The phone number to call in case of emergency (fire, crime or injury) is 111.
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New Zealand Tours
Visit ResponsiblyTravelling responsibly means respecting the communities, culture and environment of the places you visit. Keep these tips in mind when travelling to New Zealand:
Go green. Be environmentally conscious on the road by taking short showers; turning off the lights in your hotel room when you leave; and resisting the urge to collect any plants, seashells, or other natural flora.
Respect cultural differences. Before travelling, read about the local culture and customs – even just knowing the dress code and a few basic phrases in the local language will go a long way.
Support local businesses. Enjoy a more authentic experience and directly support the local economy by travelling with a local guide, eating in local restaurants, buying from local artisans, and staying in locally-owned and operated accommodations.
Wherever possible, avoid single-use plastics. Pack reusable items such as your own shopping bags, utensils, a water bottle, and a straw. These items are typically lightweight and compact, and will greatly reduce your consumption of plastics.
Be conscious of overtourism. Opt to visit the lesser-known regions of New Zealand or travel outside the peak season – you'll likely even get a better deal and won't have all the crowds!
Sustainable Tourism in New ZealandEcotourism-Themed Activities
New Zealand has very unique ecotourism due to the fact that over 20 percent of its land is covered in national parks, forest areas, and reserves. If this isn’t reason enough to visit beautiful New Zealand, then the many ecotourism-themed activities – such as bird-watching, glowworm cave tours, and hiking – are sure to win one over.
Tourism New Zealand
Tourism New Zealand offers a unique approach to sustainability, basing it on the traditional Maori principles of manaakitanga (hospitality) and kaitiakitanga (guardianship). Thus, it is able to welcome tourists while still protecting and managing its culture and environment.
Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand is committed to sustainable practices. Not only do they have an active carbon offset program, but they also carried out the world’s first commercial aviation test flight using a sustainable second-generation biofuel (derived from the plant Jatropha curcas).
New Zealand Seafood Sustainability Awards
Parliament hosted the very first Seafood Sustainability Awards in August of 2020. In this celebration of sustainability and innovation, New Zealanders from commercial and recreational fishing as well as fisheries science came together.