New Zealand Basic Information
New Zealand is one of the few countries whereby extreme fun has become the norm. Upon entering this aesthetically stunning corner of the world the temptation to take part in such activities is over whelming, even for the most modest traveller. The views to be seen in New Zealand are some of the best in the world but before you get too excited we’ve provided a few handy tips below:
As it stands, Australian passport holders are eligible to holiday, work and live in New Zealand indefinitely as long as certain terms are met. Please be aware though that this information is only a guideline. For up to the minute visa information please contact your local New Zealand embassy. Most other tourists who are residents of a country within the visa waiver list can visit as a holiday maker for up to 3 months. UK residents can visit for 6 months.
The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the New Zealand Dollar fluctuates constantly so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider bringing a credit card or travel card with you. A Multi-currency Cash Passport™ is perfect for international travel as each card can hold a range of currencies, including New Zealand Dollars, and can be used like credit cards.
New Zealand is passionate about its food and wine. When it comes to typical meals, seafood is plentiful with year round green lipped muscles, crayfish, oysters and fresh fish catch and served daily. Roast lamb is another kiwi favourite and accompanied with seasonal vegetables and a dash of rosemary. For a taste of the traditional though, join a tour to enjoy a Hangi; a traditional Maori method of wrapping food in leaves and cooking it in an earth over. Served as a buffer-style feast, most hangi food includes marinated meats such as pork loin and chicken as well as fish, and root vegetables.
Auckland, the country’s capital city has recently upped its game with trendy bars lining the waterfront facing the village of super yachts moored close by. A 2 kilometre long strip nearby offers a vast choice of bars and eateries which are open throughout the night and into the early hours. Wellington is the natural congregation point for 20 to 30 year olds in New Zealand. Thursday through to Saturday is incredibly busy with bars, clubs and late night cafes awash with the young nocturnal community. Head to the Octagon shaped heart of Dunedin where students, locals and tourists party harmoniously together any night of the week. From chic wine bars to trendy live venues Dunedin will be an action packed night out whatever your taste.