New Zealand Information

New Zealand… Guided or Unguided Tours?

  Going Guided Well appointed comfortable accommodation Comfortable beds Hot showers Meals provided Travel provided Small day-packs Knowledgable guides Safety is paramount New friendships   Going it Alone Basic huts Carry your own bedding No showers Carry & cook your own food Arrange your own logistics Large backpacks You get…

New Zealand… History

  New Zealand’s Tangata Whenua (People of the Land) New Zealand’s indigenous people came from tropical Polynesia more than 1000 years ago. Learning to live in New Zealand shaped their thinking and their beliefs until they became Te Maori, a race clearly distinct from other Polynesian cultures. The first sign…

New Zealand… Driving Distances

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New Zealand… Environmental Matters

  New Zealand Environmental Care Code Toitu Te Whenua (Leave the land undisturbed) A growing number of people are enjoying outdoor recreation. Many of us like to visit rural, backcountry, coastal and rugged areas. With this rise in use has come an increasing impact on the natural environment. Damaged plants,…

New Zealand… Health Considerations

  Vaccinations No vaccinations are required to enter New Zealand.   Safety Precautions There are absolutely no dangerous or poisonous animals or insects in New Zealand.   Variable Weather Weather conditions in New Zealand alpine areas can change rapidly. Be prepared for cold wet weather if you plan to walk…

New Zealand… Time Zones

  At 12 noon (Standard Time) Wellington Note:- In the summer New Zealand uses Daylight Savings, and clocks are put forward one hour to GMT +13. Daylight savings commences on the last weekend in September and ends on the 1st Sunday of the following April. * denotes previous day Athens 2.00am…

New Zealand… Facts

  Population: 4.3 Million Capital City: Wellington Largest City: Auckland (1.1million) Area: 270,534 sq km   New Zealand People People: 74% Pakeha (European), 13.5% Maori, 6% Polynesian, 6% Asian, 0.5% Other Languages: English, Maori Religion: Predominantly Christian (60%) and No Religion (25%)   New Zealand Politics Government: National Government; Independent…

New Zealand… Money Matters

  Currency New Zealand’s unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). Coins have values of 10, 20 and 50 cents, $1 and $2; Notes have values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought into…

New Zealand… Visas and Immigration

Having a valid passport and the right visa is key to a trouble-free entry into New Zealand. Read more about our immigration requirements. We enjoy welcoming visitors to New Zealand. To ensure you have an experience to remember, make sure you’ve done your homework and have everything sorted before you…

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