At a Glance
New Zealand Dollar (NZ$)
GMT + 12
English and New Zealand Sign Language
New Zealand’s electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts, and they use angled two or three-pin plugs (the same as Australia and parts of Asia). Most hotels provide 110-volt ac sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only.
While the far north has subtropical weather during summer and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10°C (14°F) in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures. The average New Zealand temperature decreases as you travel south. January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month of the year.
Baby Gear Rentals
Car Seat Laws
Under New Zealand law, all children under seven years of age must use an approved child restraint appropriate for their age and size. Children aged seven must be secured in restraint if one is available in the vehicle.
In New Zealand, all drivers, including visitors from other countries, must carry their license or permit at all times when driving. You will only be able to drive the same types of vehicles you are licensed to drive in your home country. Driving is on the left side of the road. The common legal age to rent a car in New Zealand is 21 years.
Car Services and Ferries
The main cities have plenty of taxis and even small towns may have a local service. The best way to explore NZ in depth is to have your own wheels. It’s easy to hire cars and campervans, though it’s worth noting that fuel costs can be eye-watering. More information on transportation in New Zealand can be found here.
Airlines in New Zealand
The country’s major domestic carrier, Air New Zealand, has an aerial network covering most of the country, often operating under the Air New Zealand Link moniker on less-popular routes. Australia-based Jetstar also flies between main urban areas. Between them, these two airlines carry the vast majority of domestic passengers in NZ.
Other Things To Know
Restaurant workers do not work only for tips in New Zealand, so do not feel obliged to leave a tip when paying your check. If the service was excellent, leaving a 10% gratuity is more than generous and your waiter or waitress will certainly appreciate it. Tipping taxi drivers in New Zealand is not a common practice.
New Zealand is a very safe country to visit. However, and unfortunately, theft from tourists is a relatively common occurrence. Most theft happens from break-ins from parked vehicles. If you are parking your vehicle, especially in a remote area, hide your important belongings (such as cash and travel documents) well.
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