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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘hello ’
English
‘kia ora ’
Māori
Plug type i
Electricity
230V/50hz
Nov-Apr
Best time to go
Summer
Monday
HRS
11
11
MINS
10
10
Current Time
GMT +12

Money and costs

Currency
New Zealand Dollars ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated May 20, 2019 5:40AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
$150
  • Dorm beds or campsites: $25−40 per night
  • Main course in a budget eatery: less than $15
  • InterCity or Naked Bus pass: 15 hours or five trips $125−159
Midrange
$150–250
  • Double room in a midrange hotel/motel: $110–200
  • Main course in a midrange restaurant: $15–32
  • Car rental: from $40 per day
Top end (more than)
$250
  • Double room in an upmarket hotel: from $200
  • Three-course meal in a classy restaurant: $80
  • Domestic flight Auckland to Christchurch: from $100

Visas

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.

Get the latest visa advice for New Zealand from our community.

When to go and weather

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Getting to New Zealand

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.

Getting around New Zealand

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.

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