Fast Facts: New Zealand
Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.
What is the weather like?
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
For an updated forecast in New Zealand, click here.
What is required for entry?
U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport,
proof of onward passage and proof of sufficient funds. No visa
Are there any health precautions I should take?
What is the currency?
The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar. Click
for updated currency information on the NZ dollar.
What are the best items to shop for?
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?
230 volts. 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.
Can I take my cell phone?