Destination Guide - New Zealand

One of the most diverse landscapes on earth can be found in New Zealand: on the North Island the geothermal area of Rotorua – situated on New Zealand’s volcanic plateau – attracts visitors to its mud baths and hot springs. By contrast, the South Island is flanked by arctic glaciers. New Zealanders embrace their natural surroundings in adventurous ways, including bungy jumping, jet boating, skiing, sky diving and zorbing (rolling down a hill in a giant clear ball). On solid ground, sample wine in Marlborough or Waipara. For city action, visit Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Queenstown is the doorway to some great snow, eh bro.

The Basics

Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZ$)
Population: 4,350,000
Capital: Wellington
Time zone: +12
Daylight savings: Last Sunday in October to last Sunday in March
Languages: English and Maori
Country code: +64
Electricity voltage: 230V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: Australian-style plug with two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade
Mobile network: GSM

Highlights

  • South Island West Coast glaciers
  • Geothermal activity (Rotorua)
  • Wine regions (Marlborough)

Events

  • March
    Pasifika Festival
  • 25 April
    ANZAC Day
  • 6-13 November 2010
    New Zealand Cup and Show Week

Weather

Average temperatures in summer (December to February) are approximately 25°C. In Winter (June to August) temperatures average 10-13 °C. Temperatures are usually a few degrees lower on the South Island. It gets cold enough for snow in the Queenstown region during winter.


Getting there and around

InterCity buses operate on both the North Island and South Island. Car hire is an economical option, especially for exploring multiple cities. Ferries are a great scenic option.

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Travel Insider New Zealand suggestions

Insider City Guides

Muriwai, outside of Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland: Suburbia interruptus

In the big, brash metropolis of Auckland, the suburban dream has taken on a whole new meaning.

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Solace in Wind, Wellington
Wellington: Well-endowed

Despite sharing its name with a wet weather-defiant rubber boot, New Zealand’s capital city has style to burn.

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Escapes

Marlborough, New Zealand
New Zealand: Drive time

Motoring around New Zealand’s magnificent Marlborough yields more than just wining and dining pleasures.

Further Reading

Here are some suggestions for more destinations and experiences around New Zealand.

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