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Practical information New Zealand

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile

New Zealand : Travel Information before you go!

Area

270534.0

Flights

Between 25 and 30 hours, with a connection in Hong kong, Sydney or Los Angeles. Auckland is 11,390 mi from London.

Population

4331600

Airports

Auckland's international airport is located 15 miles away from the city centre. The taxi fare is NZD 450. A city bus service runs every 30 minutes: allow NZD 15 per trip.

Security

In Auckland and in other large cities, just follow elementary safety rules. Do not walk alone in desolate districts at night time and keep your wallet safe when you are amongst a crowd and on public transport.

Languages

English and Maori are the two official languages.

Required travel documents for

For European citizens, a passport valid for 6 months after the return date as well as a return ticket or one leaving for another destination are enough.

Religion

Anglican 24 %, Presbyterian 18 % and Catholic 15 %.

Currency

The currency is the New Zealand Dollar. Credit cards (Visa and American Express) are widely accepted and can also be used to withdraw cash in the cities. Be sure to have enough cash on you in the local currency when visiting the national parks, though. Cash and travellers cheques in Pounds can easily be exchanged. Bank opening hours: from 9:00am to 4:30pm during the week.

Local transportation

The main cities (Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington) have air links. The trip from Auckland to Wellington can also be done by train. Secondary lines will allow you to get to Rotorua and Tauranga from Auckland, and Napier from Wellington. On South Island, the railway network covers the East coast from Picton to Invercargill. A line also links up Christchurch to Greymouth via very beautiful Arthur's Pass national park. Several coach companies have services covering the whole country. In order to get cheaper fares, book in advance or buy a pass before leaving. If you wish to rent a car, you must have an international driver's licence. It is a left-hand drive country. The speed is limited to 60 mph outside built up areas and 30 mph in town.

Health

No particular vaccine is required, but be sure to have good health insurance, because medical costs are high. Do not forget to protect yourself against mosquitoes during summer.

Electricity

Voltage of 220 V. Bring an adapter.

Tourist numbers

New Zealand welcomed 2.36 million visitors in 2005.

Taxes and tips

Most products and services are taxed at 12.5%. People do not leave tips.

Telephone

To call New Zealand from the UK, dial 00 64 + 9 (Auckland), 3 (Christchurch) or 4 (Wellington) + n# you are trying to reach.
From New Zealand to the UK: 013 44 + n# excluding the initial 0.

New Zealand : Useful addresses in the country

Before leaving

New Zealand High Commission
New Zealand House 80 Haymarket London SW1Y 4TQ. Tel.: 0044-20-7930-8422. 01 45 01 43 43.

At the destination

New Zealand's tourist offices
299, Queen Street, in Auckland. Tel.: (09) 366 6888. (09) 366 6888.
15-31, Cathedral Square, in Christchurch. Tel.: (03) 379 9629. (03) 379 9629.
101, Wakefield Street, in Wellington. Tel.: (04) 802 4860. (04) 802 4860.

British High Commission
44 Hill Street, Thorndon, Wellington 6011. Tel.: (04) 924 2888. (04) 384 2555.


(09) 524 9401.