New Zealand Resources & Travel Information
Passports and Visas – Passports are required for all visitors to New Zealand and must be valid for at least three months after the date the visitor intends to leave New Zealand. Most nationalities do not require visas to visit New Zealand. Check with the New Zealand Immigration Service: www.immigration.govt.nz or by calling the National Contact Centre on +64 9 914 4100.
Population – New Zealand has a population of 4.1 million. Around 13% of the population is Maori. Maori came to New Zealand in a series of migrations about 1000 years ago.
Geographic Size – New Zealand is similar in geographic size to the State of Victoria in Australia, California in the U.S.A. and the United Kingdom.
Climate – The north of New Zealand is sub-tropical and the south is temperate. The warmest months are December to February, and the coldest months are June to August. You can check weather conditions on www.metservice.co.nz.
Driver’s Licences – Reciprocal driving rights exist between New Zealand and most other countries. Most rental car companies will ask for an International Driver’s Licence. The driver will need to be 21 years of age. Always drive on the left hand side of the road.
Credit Cards – Payment by credit card is widely accepted throughout New Zealand. Those in common use include Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club.
Medical and Emergency Services – All emergency services (Fire, Police and Ambulance) can be contacted in New Zealand by dialling 111. Medical services are not free to visitors, so it is recommended that visitors have their own insurance cover.
Water – Tap (faucet) water is fresh and safe to drink.
Wildlife – There are no snakes or dangerous wild animals in New Zealand.