Travel Planning
New Zealand
Travel Planning
New Zealand

New Zealand at a Glance

Gorgeous New Zealand is a hiking and nature lovers' destination. Travel is fairly easy once you get there and the scenery is sublime. 

New Zealand's scenery runs the gamut from alpine lakes to warm ocean beaches. Explore high in the mountains for some fabulous wintertime ( June - August ) skiing. Come back in summertime and gaze at the mountain reflection in a crystal clear lake. Wade through the grasses and heather of a bluff above the ocean. Kayak around a fjord. Take out your scuba gear and explore the coral and the fish that make their home around the island.

Being outside can work up an appetite. Slake it with traditional Maori cuisine. Sea urchins, sweet potatoes and fish are big parts of traditional diet. You can still find plenty of British cooking in New Zealand, but chefs are picking up influences from Oceania, Asia and beyond. Succulent seafood and yummy local meat are often on the menu. 

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Popular Places
  • Auckland Auckland
  • Christchurch Christchurch
  • Wellington Wellington
  • Queenstown Queenstown
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Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Auckland International Airport
  • Major Airport Christchurch International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

European, American and Canadian residents do not need visas to visit New Zealand if their visit will be for less than three months. All travelers must have a valid passport with at least one page available for stamping. Travelers can learn more by contacting the Embassy of New Zealand. American travelers can also use the U.S State Department website as a resource. 

Need to Know

Severe Weather Don't underestimate New Zealand's changing weather. Strong winds buffet the country and will bring rain and snow quite suddenly. During the winter the weather can be quite windy and clammy cold. 

Safety Concerns Don't leave valuables in your car especially when it is parked at trail heads or other tourist-heavy destinations. In all cases, don't leave anything visible in the car seats as car break-ins are a problem. 

Health Concerns Travelers are usually most comfortable if they are wearing insect repellent. The mosquitoes can be vicious. Undertows and riptides are present at certain beaches. Ask around to find safe swimming spots. 

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