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.