Zealand is a country with spectacular landscape, unique culture and warm and friendly people. You should definitely visit it to enjoy the vacation of a lifetime. Here is some helpful information that will help you organize and prepare for your trip to New Zealand.
New Zealand is located in the south west Pacific Ocean. The country consist of two main islands – North Island and South Island. The best way to get to New Zealand is by plane, even though you can reach it using water transport as well.
The most popular tourist destinations in the country include – Auckland, the largest city, Wellington the capital and Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island. Other tourist areas and resorts to explore are Bay of Islands, Rotorua town and the region, Taupo Lake and Queenstown.
New Zealand has four seasons with the climate being moderate, but milder than in continental countries. The most popular time for tourists to visit is the summer, from December to the beginning of March. However, you can choose to have a skiing vacation in Queenstown or the Christchurch area during winter, which lasts from July to the end of September. The spring and autumn are also great seasons for exploring the country.
The tourist industry in New Zealand is well developed, so you can quickly find a variety of accommodations no matter which destination you choose to visit. The tourist attractions and the natural wonders are abundant and so are the dining and shopping options. The national language is English, so you should have no problem communicating with the locals, who are more than friendly.
The local currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). You should be particularly careful when booking accommodation and check explicitly where the prices are in NZD or US dollars. Typically, you can use your credit and most worldwide accepted debit cards in the country to pay for all your purchases. ATMs are readily available everywhere. In most cases, VAT or goods and services tax (GST) is refundable upon departure.
You are highly recommended to get the appropriate type of health insurance when traveling to New Zealand as the healthcare is not free in the country. Another thing to get from home (or the airport) is an electric socket adapter, if the voltage in your home country is different to the 240 voltage in New Zealand.
You should definitely expect to have a lot of fun in New Zealand. Just do not miss to secure your accommodation before you arrive.