Category: New Zealand

Travel Guide to New Zealand

New Zealand is a self-governing country. It is in the South Pacific Ocean, and situated southeast of Australia. It has two large islands “ North Island and South Island “ and many smaller islands. There are a lot of mountains, rivers, lakes, and inlets, and beautiful cities in New Zealand.

The specious geography, like activity volcano, inlet, and special wildlife made the country very fascinating. First of all, New Zealand has a lot of beautiful natural sceneries, such as long, sandy beach with coconut trees in North Island, the Lake Taupo, which is the largest lake and the head water of the Waikato River- the longest river of New Zealand, and numerous mineral hot springs in Lake Taupo district offer you amazing both. Once you soak your feet in the hot spring, you well forget all of trouble in your life and enjoy the mysterious feeling. You can also survey narrow inlet and activity volcano with light smoke goes up windily in Auckland. Secondly, the native animals of New Zealand have strange characteristics. “The native frog lays eggs that turn directly into frogs without first becoming tadpoles. 

The bird, Kiwi, is very big, but it is very timid and cannot fly. The bird, Takahe, which is found only in New Zealand, cannot fly either. “The tuatara is a direct descendant of the dinosaur.  What an amazing animal! Finally, There are many fascinating and colorful cities in New Zealand. The major cities are: Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Auckland is the largest city with its mixture of Pacific Islands. It is almost hugged by beach and water. The Mount Eden, an extinct volcano, rise up 644 feet in the middle of the city. The climate is subtropical, so you can visit it any season. The seafood in Auckland is very delicious and cheap especially crabs that are so big and fat that you cannot eat all of one yourself in a day.

Temprature– 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. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20-30ºC (70-90°F) and in winter between 10-15ºC (50-60°F). New Zealand’s average rainfall is high and evenly spread throughout the year. Over the northern and central areas of New Zealand more rain falls in winter than in summer, whereas for much of the southern part of New Zealand, winter is the season of least rainfall. Snow typically appears during the months of June through October, though cold snaps can occur outside these months. Most snow in New Zealand falls in the mountainous areas, like the Central Plateau in the north, and the Southern Alps in the south. It also falls heavily in inland Canterbury and Otago.

Currency– New Zealand’s unit of currency is the dollar (NZ$). All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand, with Visa and MasterCard accepted most widely.There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought in or taken out of New Zealand. However, every person who carries more than NZ$10,000 in cash in or out of New Zealand is required to complete a Border Cash Report.Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, some hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks, which are found at international airports and most city centres. New Zealand banks are open from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Some are also during weekends. .Automated Teller Machines (ATM) are widely available at banks, along main shopping streets and in malls. Travellers cheques in any of the major currencies (British pound, Euro, US dollar, Australian dollar) can be exchanged into New Zealand dollars on arrival and are accepted at hotels, banks and some stores.

Health & Safety Tips– New Zealand is generally a very safe place to travel with a relatively low crime rate, few endemic diseases and a great healthcare system. The emergency telephone number in New Zealand is 111. It is a free phone call. If you have an emergency and need a quick response from the Police, the Fire Service, Ambulance or Search and Rescue, dial 111.

Carry a mobile phone and don’t hesitate to dial New Zealand’s emergency phone number if you feel unsafe or threatened – dial 111.

Travel with someone you know and trust whenever possible.

We recommend you don’t accept rides from strangers and don’t hitchhike.

If you’re out at night, keep to well lit places where other people are present. Don’t take short cuts through parks or alleyways. Take a taxi or get a ride with someone you know.

Always lock your accommodation and vehicle and keep windows secure when you’re not around.

Store valuables securely, ideally in a safe at your accommodation. Never leave valuables or important documents in parked vehicles.

Never leave bags, backpacks, wallets or cameras unattended in any public place, especially airports, ferry terminals or bus/railway stations.

Don’t carry large amounts of cash or expensive jewellery.

If withdrawing money from a machine, withdraw small amounts only – preferably during the day – and shield your pin.

Don’t leave maps, luggage or visitor brochures visible in your vehicle. These are obvious signs that you are a tourist and may have valuables.

Place to visit in New Zealand

North Island – Active volcanoes, island sanctuaries and history top the list when visiting New Zealand’s North Island.

South Island – New Zealand’s South Island hosts the purest natural landscapes you’ll ever experience.

National Parks- New Zealand’s 14 national parks showcase more than 30,000 square kilometers of diverse, natural scenery ready to explore by foot, boat, car or air.

Beaches & Coasts- With around 15,000 kilometers of coastline and more than 25 marine reserves, ocean-scented scenery is entwined with New Zealand’s outdoorsy way of life.

History & Culture- New Zealand’s Maori culture emerged from Polynesian migrations that began around 700 years ago.

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