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New Zealand Tourism

Continent: Oceania

Ideal Duration: 15 - 20 days

Best Time: December - February Read More

Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

Budget: Expensive

"The Land Where Adventures Wait"

New Zealand Tourism

New Zealand lies in the Pacific Ocean, to the southwest. New Zealand promises beautiful landscapes and serene, equally beautiful coastlines that you can drive along, listening to the sound of the surf. The country is also known for its adventure sports activities as well as its museums, art galleries and other heritage attractions.

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Regions in New Zealand

New Zealand's regions include North Island, South Island and the Offshore Islands. North Island has a lot of sandy beaches, forests and volcanic peaks. South Island comprises of beech trees, glaciers, mountains and trails that you can bike along. The Offshore Islands are said to be the wild islands of New Zealand and include Stewart Island, the Sub-Antarctic and Kermadecs.

Best time to visit New Zealand

December - February is the best time to visit New Zealand

These are New Zealand's summer months. They are considered the best months during which to visit the country. Relaxing at the beach, hiking and other adventure activities are best enjoyed during this time frame. There are also a lot of concerts and festivals that take place during this period, so you can make the most of your journey.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Friendly locals. Plenty of activities available. Beautiful scenery. Relaxed pace of life.

What's Not So Great?

Average infrastructure. Minor earth tremors. Lot of sandflies. Strong, hot sun.

For Whom?

Adventure enthusiasts. Photographers. Art and culture lovers. Newly wed couples.

Stay options in New Zealand

There are a lot of accommodation options in New Zealand. There is something to suit the needs of every kind of traveller. Options range from 5-star hotels to bed and breakfasts and budget and backpacker accommodation facilities. You can also choose to stay at serviced apartments, and as these cater to all kinds of groups and all types of budgets, it becomes another great option to keep in mind. Alternately, if you have a big budget, you can stay in beach houses or heritage hotels.

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Currency of New Zealand

New Zealand Dollar is the national currency. Frequently used denominations regarding bank notes are NZD 5, NZD 10, NZD 20 and NZD 50. Other types of foreign currency are not readily accepted here unless you're offering it at big hotels and banks. ATMs are also available here.

Exchanging Money in New Zealand

In terms of currency exchange, as we mentioned, foreign currency is not readily accepted. If you do try to exchange foreign currency for the New Zealand Dollar, you will be met with a surprised smile. However, ATMs are present in nearly every town, even if that town does not have a bank! Credit cards like AMEX and Diners Club are not accepted, especially at smaller chain stores such as food stores.

Nightlife in New Zealand

New Zealand is very famous for its breweries. Beer is consumed on a large scale, and there are dozens of different regional brands. However, it is important to note that the authorities have introduced some liquor ban areas, so if you are caught drinking in those areas, you will be in trouble. Auckland is said to be the best spot to make the most of what the country has to offer. There are tonnes of bars and restaurants here, with most of them facing the calm waters. Other areas that promise some fun nightlife are Wellington for its clubs and bars and Christchurch for its great restaurants and bars.

Shopping in New Zealand

New Zealand has everything an avid shopper could need. From busy, crowded markets to shopping malls with designer labels, you can find everything here. The country is very famous for its jade accessories, called pounamu, so make sure to snap some up for yourself. Other products you can splurge on are local handmade wood items, handmade glass and glass artifacts, knitwear, etc. New Zealand also has speciality food stores which sell exotic things like infused avocado oil, food pastes, herb mixes and more. These stores are also known for their notorious dessert combinations such as chocolate fish!

Festivals of New Zealand

The major festivals that are celebrated in New Zealand are the Auckland Festival, New Zealand Fringe Festival, Kiwiburn, New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Grey Lynn and St Patrick's Day. During this period, the culture of the country is highlighted and displayed wonderfully.

History of New Zealand

New Zealand was discovered more than 700 years ago, by the Polynesians. During the 18th century, a lot of navigators and explorers began coming to New Zealand. In 1840, the country was brought into the British Empire, in the form of a signed treaty - the Treaty of Waitangi. The New Zealanders fought for the British in World War I. After the war, however, the New Zealanders signed the Treaty of Versailles and became a part of the League of Nations. Thus, they got to rule independently, but their defense was still in British hands.

Hygiene in New Zealand

New Zealand sunlight is very strong and harsh. The strong UV rays can cause cancer. Carrying sunscreen and sunglasses is imperative. Tap water is safe and potable.

Customs of New Zealand

Do not talk about your income and other financial matters with locals, as New Zealanders despise talking about wealth. Tipping is not compulsory, but it is becoming common practice to tip for excellent service. If you're visiting a local's house for dinner, always offer to help wash the dishes. It will be expected of you and not asking will be considered impolite. Do not overdress in the country, especially if visiting Auckland, as laid back and classy is rampant fashion there.

Tips for visiting New Zealand

Always say 'please' and 'thank you', especially at restaurants. Drinking and driving is a serious offence here. The weather here is quite unpredictable, so if you've planned out a trek along the alpine areas, always speak to the Department of Conservation before you proceed, as they will advise you best.

Culture of New Zealand

New Zealand is a multi-cultural society. It consists of several different ethnic groups. The people of this country are polite and courteous. They always treat guests from other nations and cultures with respect. The indigenous Maori group of New Zealand has had an influence on the overall culture of the country, in terms of art, language and even accents. Christianity is the dominant religion of this country. A lot of people also follow Hinduism. English is the most commonly spoken language here. However, the official languages are Maori and the New Zealand Sign Language.

Food of New Zealand

The food of this country has drawn its inspiration from Asia, Europe and Polynesia. Some ingredients that you will find in almost every dish here are pork, lamb, salmon, lobster, mussels, scallops, oysters and kumara or sweet potato. Kiwi as a fruit is very popular here and consumed on a large scale. Pavlova is the national dessert of New Zealand. Barbeques are a vital part of life for the locals, and it signifies their laidback lifestyle. A lot of seafood is cooked at these barbeques, apart from other meat. Fish and chips are also popular in New Zealand and are perfect for a takeaway. In Beverages, people drink a lot of beer and wine in this country.

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