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Planning a holiday to New Zealand? Read our practical travel advice before you depart.

Let's start with some basics

  • Accommodation

    From wilderness campsites to luxury lodges, use our accommodation finder to find places to stay anywhere in New Zealand.

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  • Weather & seasons

    New Zealand is fantastic to visit year-round. Find about our weather and seasons.

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  • Currency and costs

    What is the New Zealand dollar worth, and what will things cost on your trip?

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Transport

  • Driving

    Self-drive is a popular way to explore New Zealand. Before renting a car or campervan, make sure you're familiar with driving in New Zealand.

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  • Public Transport

    New Zealand's public transport includes buses, trains and ferries. Find out how to get around without hiring a vehicle.

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  • Domestic flights

    Flights are easy to catch from city to city, and no flight is longer than two hours.

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  • Tours

    If you'd like a pre-planned itinerary and someone to drive you, your local travel agent can help you find the perfect tour.

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Calculate the driving distances between two places in New Zealand

How much time do I need?

Whether you have a few days or a few weeks, we have plenty of itinerary ideas. New Zealand looks small on the world map but it is full of diversity – you could spend months exploring.

A few recommended itineraries

Auckland and Waiheke Island - no driving required

Auckland Central to Auckland Central

107 km
3 Days
  • Car-free travel
  • City sights
  • Vineyards

South Island Discovery

Christchurch to Christchurch

2486 km
16 Days
  • Majestic Milford Sound
  • West Coast glaciers
  • Whale watching

The Ultimate Middle‑earth itinerary

Auckland Central to Central Queenstown

2645 km
21 Days
  • Hobbiton
  • Lothlorien
  • Milford Sound

While you're here

  • i-SITE Visitor Information Centres

    i-SITE information centres can help you plan and book activities, accommodation and transport once you're here in New Zealand.

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  • Internet, phone and electricity

    Find out how to stay connected to the internet and phone services during your trip.

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  • Health and safety

    New Zealand is a safe country for travelling. Here are some things you should know to stay safe on your holiday.

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