General Information on New Zealand

 

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English. New Zealand is a 12hr flight from Los Angeles and about the same flight time from UK via Asia. From Sydney, Australia it's approx. a 3hr flight. There are three major islands that make up New Zealand: The North Island, the South Island and the relatively undiscovered Stewart Island, located south of the South Island.

Climate:

New Zealand has a temperate climate and all four seasons exist. Since New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere, our seasons are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere.

Visas:

You need a passport to enter NZ and some travellers may also need a visa. Check the link here to see if you need a visa: New Zealand -Visas

Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance that provides cover for medical expenses and cancellation fees is recommended for international visitors to New Zealand. You can get a quote for the Discover NZ policy online fromĀ Travel Insurance Cover.

Airlines:

Non-stop flights are available from Los Angeles to Auckland on United, Qantas, and Air New Zealand.

Domestic Airlines:

Ansett and Air New Zealand provide a national network of regular service. Tickets bought in NZ are very expensive so it's best to purchase prior to departure from overseas.

Currency:

The New Zealand Dollar. New Zealand is serviced by all the major banks. Credit cards, travellers cheques are widely accepted.

Electric Current:

240-250 volts. Slanted 3 pin plug needed.

Tipping:

Tipping is not a widespread custom in New Zealand. If you wish to recognize special service, 10% of the bill is appropriate.

Fiordland: Average Daytime Temperatures
January 23C / 76F July 8C / 46F
February 24C / 78F August 9C / 48F
March 20C / 70F Sept 12C / 54F
April 15C / 60F Oct 16C / 62F
May 10C / 50F Nov 19C / 68F
June 8C / 46F Dec 22C / 74F