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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.

The Highlights

The Basics

When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    December to March

    During the summer months, New Zealand offers consistently warm temperatures (with highs of 25°C in some parts) where the days are long and sunny while the nights are mild and pleasant. For visitors planning to explore the coastal beaches, this time of the year is ideal to enjoy warm water and safer swimming conditions. As this is the peak season for tourism in New Zealand, visitors may find some hotels will have limited availability. Many local students will also be on holiday at this time which means major attractions are likely to be more crowded.  

  2. Low Season

    May to August

    The cooler months are known as the best time to visit glaciers and mountains in the South Island, however, travellers should be wary of heavy rain in most areas of the North Island. This drop in temperature (with lows of -10°C in some parts) along with heavy rains may cause some of the popular trails to be closed. Visitors travelling to New Zealand during this time will enjoy fewer crowds and lower flight or hotel prices. During the low season, you can enjoy Matariki celebrations and smaller winter festivals throughout the country.

New Zealand Tours

FAQs about New Zealand

  • Do you tip in New Zealand?

    Tipping is not obligatory in New Zealand, however, if the service was excellent, a tip is always appreciated. A 10% tip is more than generous for exceptional service. Tipping cab drivers is not customary, however, consider rounding up to the next dollar if paying in cash.
  • What is the internet access like?

    Wifi access for travellers in New Zealand may be limited. Free wifi hotspots are available in city centers including central Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington and Dunedin, but not common in rural areas. Some places that you may find free wifi are restaurants and cafes after you purchase food and many i-SITE Visitor Centers. All public libraries have free wifi.
  • Is the tap water safe to drink?

    Yes, water in any New Zealand town is treated and perfectly safe to drink. In rare circumstances (such as after natural disasters) public health warnings have been advised to boil tap water before drinking, but this will likely not be of concern on your trip.
  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in New Zealand, however, some international credit cards (such as American Express and Diners Club) are not accepted in some places, so it’s best to check beforehand. Foreign transaction fees of 1-3% may apply, depending on your credit card plan.
  • What are the public holidays?

    New Zealand has a total of 10 public holidays and 13 anniversary days, including statutory holidays like Day After New Year’s Day (January 2nd). New Zealand also celebrates Waitangi Day (February 6th), ANZAC day (April 25th) and Queen’s Day (first Monday of June).
  • What are the toilets like in New Zealand?

    Public toilets are relatively abundant and are generally kept clean and fully stocked. Note that bathrooms and toilets are not synonymous in New Zealand. Bathrooms are the place where you wash, typically with a bath, shower and hand basin. Toilets are rooms specifically with a toilet. 
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