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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… Facts

  Population: 5 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…

New Zealand… Plants & Animals

Since New Zealand drifted away from the super-continent, a unique flora and fauna has evolved, leaving a land full of interesting plants and creatures.   Animals Before humans settled in New Zealand, it would have been an extremely noisy place! Large tracts of lush native bush supported an incredible variety…

How To… Choose Insulated Outerwear

If you need a jacket to wear when conditions are so cold that a mid layer alone won’t cut it, you need insulated outerwear. Consider two primary factors as you choose: Insulation Type: This key component of your jacket determines how well it retains warmth and handles wet conditions, as…

How To… Use Your Cellphone Internationally

Travelling allows you the opportunity to explore new places and unplug from daily routines and distractions. But let’s face it: Sometimes you want and need to stay connected when traveling abroad. Beyond scrolling through news feeds and keeping up on social media, having a cellphone can be an essential tool…

Budget Travel Tips

The first step of the journey for most savings seekers is to head online, where you can find all sorts of budget-travel wisdom. Here are 10 not-your-usual tips for stretching your travel budget:   1. Use Local Travel Agencies Budget travellers rarely turn to travel agents, in part because it’s…

How To… Choose and Use a GPS

Once revolutionary, GPS technology is in everything from drones to dog collars now. Nonetheless, a handheld GPS receiver remains a valuable outdoor tool for hikers and other backcountry explorers. A GPS can give you vital information about where you are, where you’ve been and where you want to go.  …

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