Citizens of 60 countries, including Australia, the UK, the US and most EU countries, don't need visas for NZ (length-of-stay allowances vary). See www.immigration.govt.nz.
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New Zealand is a long way from almost everywhere – most travellers jet in from afar. Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.
New Zealand is long and skinny, and many roads are two-lane country byways: getting from A to B requires some thought.
Car Travel at your own tempo, explore remote areas and visit regions with no public transport. Hire cars in major towns. Drive on the left; the steering wheel is on the right (…in case you can't find it).
Bus Reliable, frequent services to most destinations around the country (usually cheaper than flying), though services thin out in rural areas.
Plane Fast-track your holiday with affordable, frequent, fast internal flights. You can carbon-offset your flights if you’re feeling guilty.
Train Reliable, regular services (if not fast or cheap) along specific routes on both islands.