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Kia Ora and Welcome to New Zealand
Kiwi - not just a flightless bird, but the nickname used internationally for people from New Zealand, as well as being a relatively common self-reference. A land consisting of incredible unspoilt natural beauty, New Zealand boasts endless coastlines, with a proud, rich and diverse culture.
From skiing the snow-capped mountains, to bungy jumping, hiking, or enjoying the world renowned wine regions, New Zealand has it all.    

New Zealand’s history

New Zealand was settled by Polynesians some 700 years ago, which led to the development of the distinct and rich Maori culture that’s centred on kinship links and land. New Zealand today, is a multicultural nation that is welcoming and friendly to all.

Population
4,596,000
Language

English is the official language of New Zealand, whilst Maori become the joint official language in 1987.
New Zealand also became the first nation in the world to declare sign language as an official language in 2006.
 
Key Phrases;
 
Jandals = flip flops
Togs = swimsuit
Bro = friend or mate
Sweet as = OK
Kia Ora = Hello (Maori)
Hei konei ra - See you later (Maori)

Currency

The New Zealand Dollar ($NZD) is the official currency.
Bank notes come in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 with coin amounts of 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2.

Food and Drink

New Zealand’s cuisine draws inspiration from Europe, Asia and of course Polynesia. This blend of influences focus on fresh and local produce that include seafood, lamb and fruit.
Although it’s considered cliché, a trip to New Zealand is not complete without sampling the local fish and chips. The incredible Mangōnui Fish Shop, located on the far northern tip has tourists and locals queuing out the door for the freshest fish and local specialties on offer.
In addition to great food, New Zealand is well renowned for its wine, with over 700 wineries dotted over 125km of coastline. The Marlborough region, one of New Zealand’s largest wineries, produces arguably the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc.
Local Wine: Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling
Local Foods: Roast lamb and hand crafted cheeses. Try Over the Moon Dairy’s Galactic Gold, winner of multiple best cheese awards.

Electricity Info:
When travelling to New Zealand you may need two devices to ensure you’re able to recharge your portable electronic devices.
A voltage converter may be required to transform the voltage from the power outlet to your device. New Zealand uses a 230V (50 Hz).
You may also need a power adaptor to allow you to plug your device into a New Zealand power outlet. The plugs in New Zealand (same as Australia) have two flat metal pins shaped like a "V" and some may contain a third flat pin in the centre.

Topography

New Zealand is made up of two main islands, the North and South Islands.
With a mountainous landscape, rolling glaciers, subtropical forest and volcanic plains, it’s no wonder film director Peter Jackson chose New Zealand as the location to shoot his fantasy adventure series Lord of the Rings trilogy, as it bore an uncanny resemblance to JRR Tolkien’s fictional and mythical world of Middle-earth.
Climate:
Spring: September – November
Average Temperatures:
Min 9     Max 17
Summer: December – February
Average Temperatures:
Min 12      Max 23
Autumn: March – May
Average Temperatures:
Min 10     Max 19
Winter: June – August
Average Temperatures:
Min 6    Max 13

International Airports

The following four cities have airports are designated for international flights to New Zealand.
 
-    Auckland       
-    Wellington     
-    Dunedin  
-     Christchurch

Flight Times to Australia

Fiji to New Zealand – 3 hours 10 minutes
USA to New Zealand – 16 hours 10 minutes
Canada to New Zealand – 17 hours 45 minutes
Hong Kong to New Zealand – 12 hours 5 minutes
Pacific Islands to New Zealand – 2 hours 45 minutes

Customs

When entering New Zealand, you will need to have a valid passport and fill out an incoming passenger card (provided at the airport).
Certain foods, plants, animal items as well as large sums of currency may need to be declared. Consult your local embassy for further details. Please consult your local embassy for further details.

Carry-on:

Each passenger is permitted one small item of baggage as carry on. Which means if you’re looking to bring a surfboard over for practice you’ll have to check it in. Smaller items though are more than welcome.

Duty Free:

Duty free goods purchased overseas or from an inward board duty free shop may be brought into Australia tax free.
If you are over the age of 18 you may bring in up to $NZD 700 worth of general goods duty free. These include gifts, souvenirs, cameras, jewellery, watches, sporting equipment, electronic equipment and perfumes.

Passport and Visa Requirements:

International visitors to New Zealand will need to hold a valid passport with at least 3 months remaining before its expiry.   
For visitors who plan on staying less than three months a visa is not required.
If you wish to stay longer than 3 months or your nationality is not on the New Zealand visa waiver program (can we link to this program?), you will be required to apply for a visitor's visa.

Best times to visit:
New Zealand’s fairly constant temperatures (varying maximum temperature of 10°C), makes it the perfect place to visit all-year round.
The spring and summer seasons are best for outdoor activities like kayaking, snorkelling, rafting and hiking. During winter, the mountains are covered in thick snow, perfect for skiing and snow sport enthusiasts.
Key Tourist Hotspots:
New Zealand has an unlimited range of activities and attractions, offering visitors unbeatable adventure and exploration. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping experience, exploring the country’s natural beauty or sampling the latest wine releases – New Zealand has it all.
-    Marlborough
New Zealand’s most iconic and premium wine regions are in Marlborough, internationally acclaimed for offering exhilarating flavours in many wine styles.
-    Rotorua geothermal zone
A 3 hour's drive from the capital Auckland, Rotorua is New Zealand's main geothermal hot spot. Enjoy a huge variety of geysers, hot springs and Maori cultural attractions that are exquisitely unique to New Zealand.
-    Queenstown
This idyllic alpine town sits on the edge of Lake Wakatipu and offers heart-pumping activities, with a focus on adrenaline. Skiing, jet boating, paragliding and bungy jumping are all found here.
-    Great Barrier Island
Known affectionately as "the Barrier", this is the 4th largest of New Zealand's Islands and offers a rugged and wild landscape. Located 90 kilometres from Auckland, you can practice your surfing or just explore the many lagoons and inlets that make this island so spectacular.
Key Events
The Hertz Rugby Sevens – January (30-31)
NRL Auckland Nines – February (6-7)
BMW New Zealand Golf Open – March (10-13)  
American Express Queenstown Winter Festival – June 24 – July 4
Rhythm and Vines music festival – December (29-31)

Getting Around:

Although New Zealand is split into two main islands, travelling around this incredible country couldn’t be any easier. Popular tourist hot spots well connected by road, rail, air and sea, providing travellers with a range of transportation options to consider when getting around.
Air - New Zealand has a comprehensive network of domestic airports, with 17 terminals evenly spread across both islands.
Driving – Making your way across New Zealand by rental car or campervan is a great way to explore and reach the hidden treasures nested among the valleys. Depending on your budget, there are options to take guided tours or go exploring at your own leisurely pace.
Bus/Coach – A cost effective alternative to air travel, New Zealand’s bus and coach transport system is a great way to get around, with direct routes between most major cities.
Train – New Zealand’s passenger rail offers a unique journey with views of the diverse countryside, snow-capped mountain peaks and rugged coastline. Perfect for all travel groups and mobility impaired passengers, it offers a truly spectacular experience.
Ferries - The ferry journey between the North and South Island is world famous. With the option of travelling with a vehicle, or solely as a passenger, this three-hour trip highlights the natural beauty of the New Zealand coastline and its aquatic wildlife.

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