Travel Tips & Useful Info

Time

New Zealand is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Meantime (GMT). From March to November New Zealand observes Daylight Saving and is 13 hours ahead of GMT.

Voltage

Standard voltage in New Zealand is 230 volts and 50 hertz. Primary sockets generally require the angled two or three pin variety also used in Australia. We recommend you pack a universal travel adaptor and you will need a voltage converter to use US appliances.

Money

The official currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar (NZD).

Euro, British Pounds, US Dollars and other major currencies can be exchanged locally or in advance of departure. While exchange facilities will be available at most airports they can incur substantial fees, therefore it is recommended to change money at a bureau de change or bank. Cash can also be withdrawn from ATMs and debit/credit cards are accepted at most establishments. It’s advisable to request bank notes in a mix of denominations, as it can sometimes be hard to get change from large notes and smaller notes are handy for smaller purchases and gratuities.

Health

You should seek medical advice before travelling to New Zealand from your local health practitioner to ensure you receive all of the appropriate vaccinations. As a guide Tetanus is recommended. If you are travelling from a country other than the UK then you will have to pay for any emergency health care, so it is important to ensure you have invested in good travel insurance.

Water

The water quality in New Zealand is good and tap water is always drinkable.

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