Things to know about New Zealand

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Planning on heading down to our slice of paradise? Here are a few things to know before you jump on the plane.

Where in the World Is New Zealand?

The easy stuff

  • How to get to New Zealand?

    Thinking of coming down? Find out how easy it is to get here.

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  • Visas

    If you’re planning on staying for a long time, or want to work here, there are certain things you’ll need to know and do first.

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  • Weather & Climate

    No matter the season New Zealand is always great to visit. Find out more about our weather and seasons here.

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  • Where to stay?

    We’ve got a range of accommodation to suit every style of holiday and budget.

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  • Driving in New Zealand

    Renting a car is an awesome way to explore New Zealand. Find out what you need to know to do it safely.

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  • Hop-on Hop-off buses

    The perfect transport option for backpackers looking to explore our country.

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  • Public Transport

    From trains to buses you’ll find everything you need here.

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  • Campervans & Motorhomes

    Learn about exploring New Zealand in a campervan or motorhome.

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Calculate the driving distances between two places in New Zealand

How much time do I need?

Ideally a month or longer is the perfect amount of time to explore New Zealand. Although we’re a small nation there’s so much to do that the longer you can stay the more you can experience.

Don’t worry though, because everything is so close together in New Zealand, even if you can only pop over for a week or two you’ll still leave with a lifetime of stories.

Top trips

Whether you're visiting New Zealand for a few days or a few months, you'll find ideas here to help you plan your itinerary.

While you're here

  • New Zealand Cities

    New Zealand's largest cities are Auckland and Wellington in the North Island, and Christchurch in the South Island.

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  • 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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  • Staying Connected

    Find out how to stay connected to the internet and phone services while you're here.

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  • Health and safety

    New Zealand is a safe country for travelling, but here are a few tips to make sure you have the most enjoyable holiday possible.

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Helpful information

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