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Accommodations

 

It is easy to find the right kind of accommodations in New Zealand as there are a number of accommodations in the country and these accommodations can fit the requirements and the budget of any type of traveler. There are luxurious hotels, beach side rentals, homes in the country side and other types of accommodations.

 

Airport Tax

There is an airport tax of NZ $ 25 that you need to pay when leaving Nez Zealand.  This departure tax is not yet included in the ticket price and must be paid at the airport.

 

Arrival and Departure

There are seven international airports in New Zealand:

Auckland Airport- located in Central Auckland, the Auckland airport  is the country’s biggest airport.

Christchurch Airport- this airport serves as the gateway to Antarctica and is majo gateway in the South Island.

Dunedin Airport- this airport also services the South Island. Although an international airport, the Dunedin is a small airport.

Hamilton Airport- The Hamilton Airport is used for flights to Fiji and Australia

Queenstown Airport- located in Frankton, approximately 10kms from central Queenstown.

Wellington Airport-  This airport serves as the gateway for the lower North Island of New Zealand

Palmerston North Airport- is also located in the lower North Island and services the Freedom Air for flights to Fiji and Australia.

Currency

The National currency of New Zealand is New Zealand Dollars. Foreign currencies can be exchanged from banks and money changing agents.

 

Money Changers

Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks and money changing counters in the airport and other commercial areas in NZ.  Major Traveler’s cheques are also accepted in New Zealand.

 

Banking

Banks are open from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday so travelers can do their business with banks during those times. Money can also be withdrawn from foreign savings accounts using an ATM with Cirrus, Plus or Maestro networks.

 

Credit/Charge Cards

Major credit cards are widely accepted in New Zealand.   There are limitations however with the use of credit cards that have microchips to store client information. There are some stores that do not accept this type of credit card and only accepts cards with magnetic strips.

 

Food  

It’s not difficult to find a great place to eat in New Zealand because much of the country’s foods are similar to foods in the Western World. Travelers also have a wide range of options as most cities offer a wide range of foreign cuisine from Asian, Italian, French to American.

 

Drinking Water

Tap water in New Zealand is safe to drink. However, if you are from a foreign country, it is only natural that your body needs to adjust to the water in NZ. If you are staying in New Zealand for a very brief period, then it is recommended to drink bottled water sold at grocery stores and convenience stores. If you are staying longer than a week then you may drink tap water because your body will have enough time to adjust to New Zealand’s water without ruining your trip.

 

Electricity

The electricity in New Zealand runs at 230/ 240 volts alternating at 50 cycles per second.  But there are many hotels and accommodations that can accommodate 110 volts. Check with the hotel’s front desk if they have sockets that have 100 volts.

 

If all your gadgets run on 110 volts and you want to make sure you can make use of your gadgets and electronic equipments while in New Zealand then bring a voltage converter or purchase one when you land.

 

 

What to Wear

Casual and comfortable clothes are perfectly acceptable in New Zealand. Bring light clothes and comfortable shoes but make sure to also bring a jacket for your trip as the weather can quickly change in New Zealand turning a warm day into a rainy and damp one.  Flip flops and sandals are also acceptable but do bring one dressy shoe for when you need to dine in an upscale restaurant or need to visit a place that requires more formal footwear.

 

Mobile Phones

If you require constant phone connection while in New Zealand, then it is advisable to purchase a prepaid mobile phone SIM from a local service provider to use with your own unlocked GSM phone.

 

Payphone Services

If you will be staying only a few days and don’t need to accept or make many phone calls then you can just you the payphone services in New Zealand.

 

Postal Services

The postal service in New Zealand is run by New Zealand Post Limited a State Owned Enterprise. There are post offices in almost every town in the country so sending a letter or a parcel locally or internationally should be no problem for travelers.

 

Transport

New Zealand has an effective transport system offering a wide range of services from shuttles to trains.  There is sure to be a mode of transport to fit every needs and budget of every traveler.

There are airlines that can take you to domestic locations as well as international locations. There are also taxis, trains, car rentals and other modes of transportation. 

 

Visa and Entry Facilities

Citizens of the United States of America and several other countries do not need a visa to enter New Zealand provided the stay will not go beyond 90 days.

 

Country Code

The country code for New Zealand is 64.

 

Useful Telephone Numbers

Police: Telephone 110
Ambulance: Telephone 119
Fire: Telephone 119

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