Fast Facts: New Zealand

What is the weather like in New Zealand?

Remember that New Zealand's seasons are opposite those in regions north of the equator. July is the coldest month and January is the warmest. The climate in New Zealand is quite mild with extremes only in the high mountains. Temperatures range from 60 F in the northern regions of North Island, and 50 degrees F near the bottom of the South Island. Take a sweater and umbrella no matter when you visit. September and October, flowers and trees are in bloom, and pose a beautiful site for any traveler.

For an updated forecast in New Zealand, click here.

What is required for entry into New Zealand?

U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport, proof of onward passage and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

The sun is the biggest health concern in New Zealand, so be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen. Don't forget the bug repellant!

CDC Website link: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinationNewZealand.aspx

WHO website link: http://www.who.int/countries/en/#150

What is the currency?

The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar. One American dollar is worth approximately $1.50 in NZ dollar. Click here for updated currency information on the NZ dollar.

What are the best items to shop for in New Zealand?

Shop in local markets and stop for off-the-beaten-path artist studios for wonderful surprises. Also shop for paua-shell jewelry, Maori items such as carvings and music, rugs, sweaters, fleece jackets, greenstone jewelry and ornaments, jams, and wine.

What are the voltage requirements in New Zealand?

Voltage: 230 V; Plug I. You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. Click here for more information about electrical standards around the world.

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