New Zealand Overview
From its Māori culture to its staggering national parks, and from its world-class wine producers to its vibrant cities, New Zealand is full of surprises. For anyone who loves the great outdoors, this will be a memorable destination to visit what with its stunning scenery, beautiful fjords and wonderful hiking trails. What’s more, it also has a geothermal area, so you can marvel at nature in all forms. Take in great museums and galleries at its major hubs, tour a winery to find out more about its cool-climate wines or take a cruise through the famous Milford Sound.
Country Information - New Zealand
Visa: UK citizens don’t need a visa in order to visit New Zealand, but they will require a New Zealand eTA in order to enter or transit through the country. This came into effect in 2019. U.S. citizens don’t need a visa either, but again they will need to obtain a New Zealand eTA.
Currency: The currency used in New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar.
Packing advice: With quite a long flight ahead, it’s important to consider packing items in your carry-on that will bring comfort while travelling. A travel pillow, mask to cover your eyes should you wish to get some sleep and perhaps some travel socks might be worth bringing along. Clothing in New Zealand is a relaxed affair, with layers being a good idea what with the changeable weather. Waterproofs, good walking shoes and a backpack to fit each day’s essentials should make their way into your suitcase.
Language: English is the predominant language in New Zealand, however Māori became an official language in 1987 and then, in 1996, the country declared sign language as an official language as well.
Cultural differences: You may notice subtle social differences on your New Zealand adventure, ranging from not sitting on tables or pillows to taking one’s shoes off indoors. Elsewhere, you might find that Māori people will say a prayer (karakia) to bless food before eating it.
Tipping: Tipping isn’t customary in New Zealand, although leaving a tip – of around 10% – is greatly appreciated.