Planning a holiday to New Zealand? This section has important and practical travel information we recommend you read before you depart.
Calculate the driving distances between two places in New Zealand
Whether you have a few days, a few weeks or a month, 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.
New Zealanders speak English (with a ‘kiwi’ accent). If English is not your first language, we’re a friendly country and most people will be patient communicating with you. You will need some basics to get around – like understanding times and prices, and being able to ask for help if you need it.
If you’re not confident making bookings in English, then consider joining a tour group, or booking your trip as a package in your home country. If you’re planning to drive, check with your rental vehicle company to ensure instructions and GPS navigational equipment are offered in your native language.
Apart from English, New Zealand has two other official languages: Māori and New Zealand sign language.