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New Zealand

The exotic—tattooed Maori and weird wildlife like the kiwi bird—stand in contrast to British tradition and sheep-covered pastures. Just as varied is the terrain, from glaciers and fjords to beaches and rainforests. You can bungee jump, tour wineries, go boating, hiking (known as “tramping”), or catch the rough and passionate game of rugby.

Tours & Packages to New Zealand

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Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to New Zealand? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Wellington
Population:  4.596 million
Currency: New Zealand dollar (NZD)
Languages: English and Maori
Drives on the: Left
Time zone: NZST (UTC +12)

Weather

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. 

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least 90 days after your return date, though we strongly recommend at least six months.

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter New Zealand for tourist stays up to 90 days. Consult the New Zealand Embassy or the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

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. 

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

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

 

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Power & Adapters

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. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

Rave Reviews

I have been traveling for over 20 years and this was my favorite trip. New Zealand is such a very pretty country. The hotels were excellent, and I give [this tour] 5 stars plus!

Gloria de la Paz, San Jose, CA
New Zealand Adventure