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New Zealand travel guide


Whether it's your first or your third visit, New Zealand is always a good idea

Head next door to the home of adrenaline-pumping sports, epic scenery and big adventures. Explore the best of the two islands and make new friends along the way with a Kiwi Experience bus pass, or hire a campervan and head off on an unforgettable roadtrip. Hit Queenstown or Christchurch for snowy ski slopes, or hike the incredible Tongariro Alpine Crossing. With postcard views at every stop, New Zealand offers one huge action-packed adventure.

New Zealand fast facts


Languages Spoken

New Zealand has two offical languages: English and Māori with English being the predominant language.



Name: New Zealand Dollar
Code: NZD
Symbol: $


Time Zones

New Zealand Standard Time (GMT +12)
New Zealand Daylight Time (GMT +13)

New Zealand travel costs


Expect to pay between $6 NZD and $8 NZD for a beer in a bar and around $5 NZD for a beer in the supermarket.


You can find everything from cheap eats to fine-dining in New Zealand with prices ranging from $12 - $45 NZD for a main. The 'best burger in the world', the acclaimed Fergburger costs $11.90 NZD and many of the great Thai, Indian, Chinese and Japanese resturants are BYO.

Taxi Rides

Taxis in New Zealand run on a meter with a starting fare of $3 NZD and then an average of $3 NZD per km. You can also uber in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. fares depending on travel times and distance.



Travel on buses from $3.50 NZD one-way in Auckland and approx $2 one way in Wellington or hire a campervan with us from only $42



You can find hostels pretty much everywhere in New Zealand and dorm beds in hostels will cost between $24 and $40 NZD. Campsites are likely to be $14-$34 NZD for non-powered sites and $16-40 NZD for powered sites.



A room in midrange hotels and motels would be somewhere between $40 and $130 NZD - but expect to pay more in the major cities and during peak season.

Top places to visit in New Zealand

New Zealand has a new adventure waiting every day, and both the North and South Islands offer hair-raising adventure activities, and incredible scenery - you won't know where to start. To help you decide, we've listed a few of our favourite places to explore in New Zealand below...
A man strapped to a rope excitedly stretching out his arms before jumping off of Sky Tower in Auckland
Auckland & the Northland
Auckland is nicknamed the 'City of Sails' and boasts a gorgeous marina, sandy beaches and a 328m high Sky Tower for you to jump off, if you dare. The surrounds are perfect for outdoor activities like zip-lining on Waiheke Island or hiking the Waitakere ranges. Head further north and sandboard at Ninety Mile Beach, see two oceans collide at Cape Reinga or keep an eye out for dolphins on a Bay of Islands cruise.
A man and a woman walking atop a hill overlooking the city of Wellington
Wellington & Malrborough
Get your culture on in the famous Te Papa museum, take a ride uphill in the historic Wellington Cable Car overlooking the bay, taste wine in the Marlborough region and take in the views on a ferry ride through Marlborough Sounds - the best way to get from the North to the South island and vice versa.
A woman smiling while standing in front of a mud pool in Rotorua on a sunny day
Hobbiton & Rotorua
A visit to Middle Earth wouldn't be complete without a stop at The Shire - boost your Instagram with selfies at the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movie set before heading to Rotorua, where you can soak in mud pools and hot springs and wonder at spouting geysers. 
A woman facing backward doing the yoga tree pose standing on a hill overlooking green mountain range
Queenstown & Milford Sound
Bungee jumping, skydiving, canyon-swinging, mountainbiking, rafting, skiing, you name it - Queenstown is THE advetnure capital of the world and a definite must-go place in New Zealand. The vistas in and around Queenstown are simply unforgettable, and the fjords of Milford Sound are an ideal spot for day cruises or kayaking adventures.
Three people facing backward while walking on a wooden bridge on a sunny day with green hills and sky in the background

New Zealand Highlights

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Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?

You do not need a visa for a holiday in New Zealand if you are an Australian passport holder or resident. As a UK citizen or passport holder, you can enter New Zealand and stay for up to six months. Citizens of visa waiver countries can stay in New Zealand for up to three months without a visa. Our Travel Experts can help you find out whether you need a visa - contact us here.

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