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New Zealand is notable for its geographic isolation, situated about 2000 km (1250 miles) southeast of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and its closest neighbours to the north are New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga. Auckland is the hub of the islands, and top sights include; Christchurch, Milford Sound, Mount Ruapehu, Queenstown, Rotorua, and Wellington. It is a countr ...Show More
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Passport Requirements for New Zealand Tours

American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 90 days beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.

Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.

Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.

Visa Requirements for New Zealand Tours

US and Canadian citizens do not require a visa for visits of up to 3 months. If you are a citizen of a different country, it is suggested to check with your country as you may need to obtain a visa before travel. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the New Zealand Embassy for the most up-to-date visa information.

Insurance Recommendations for New Zealand Tours

Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Medical facilities in New Zealand are comparable to North American facilities. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. Insurance can be purchased through us.

Vaccination Requirements for New Zealand Tours

Currently Required Vaccinations: None

We always recommend that you see a doctor or health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. They will best determine your vaccination and medication needs based on your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, planned activities and up-to-the-minute requirement changes.

Medication Requirements for New Zealand Tours

If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.

Recommended Items:

  • Basic medicine kit (painkillers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, etc.)
  • Digestive aids such as Imodium, Pepto-Bismol; re-hydration salts and anti-diarrhea preparations.
  • Hydrocortisone tablets or cream for allergic skin reactions and bites
  • Anti-nausea tablets if you suffer from motion sickness
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), after-sun lotion, lip balm, wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, Insect repellent

Weather, Seasons and Climate in New Zealand

New Zealand has a temperate climate - winters are fairly cold in the south of the South Island but mild in the north of the North Island. The nature of the terrain, the prevailing winds and the length of the country lead to sharp regional contrasts. Maximum daytime temperatures will sometimes exceed 30°C (86°F) and only fall below 0°C (32°F) in the elevated inland regions. For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.com.

Electricity, Phone and Internet in New Zealand

Electricity in New Zealand is supplied at 220-240 volts. Plugs with 3 flat pins are used, which are unique to New Zealand (as well as Australia and New Guninea). A multi-adaptor with different plug configurations can be very useful. We advise not to bring a hair dryer as it could blow a fuse.

Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options. It is also possible to purchase a SIM card locally to avoid international charges when calling numbers within New Zealand. (You should check to see that your cell phone is SIM card compatible.)

Internet: There are a variety of internet cafes and centers in most urban areas, with costs generally ranging from $2-8 per hour. Airports and hotels as well as some public areas also tend to have wifi available to use.

Currency in New Zealand

Generally speaking, we advise bringing $70-100 per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). Bills come in different colors and denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 dollar notes are available. Coins come in denominations of 10, 20, and 50 cents as well as 1 and 2 dollars.

It is also recommended that you get local currency from your bank before you leave home or from a bank machine in-country which is much cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Your bank card may work, but Visa or MasterCard are also widely accepted. It is suggested to call your bank and inform them of your travels before leaving, so suspicious activity is not suspected.

Quick Facts for a New Zealand Tour

Capital: Wellington

Language: English

Currency: New Zealand Dollars (NZD)

Religion: No official religion

Time Zone: UTC +12

Electricity: 230V/50Hz

Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside New Zealand is +64

Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10 digit number

Emergency numbers in New Zealand: Dial 111 for any type of emergency.

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Ken S., July 20, 2016
"This was a great trip from start to finish."
Philip S., April 8, 2016
"Superb trip."
Jim M., March 22, 2016
"Excellent tour. "
Diane F., December 24, 2015
"From start to finish the process was fun. The trip was spectacular."
Anne B., December 4, 2015
"Wendy was extremely knowledgeable, patient and accommodating during the planning of our trip to New Zealand. "