there any poisonous animals in New Zealand?
New Zealand has no snakes or dangerous wild
animals, making it safe for visitors to enjoy
- If you're travelling with a pack
on your back, there are hundreds of places to
rest your head and share stories with like-minded
people. New Zealand's backpacker lodges and
youth hostels have a reputation for being clean
and comfortable. Very good value too!
lodges are individually owned and operated,
others are part of a backpackers' network. Room
types vary from lodge to lodge. Some only offer
dormitory rooms (single sex on request), others
provide a choice of dormitory, double, twin
and single rooms. In most cases, bathroom and
kitchen facilities are shared. Communal dining
and living areas are great for meeting people
and finding out about where to go next. If you're
not travelling with a sleeping bag, you can
hire bed linen. Laundry facilities are available
so you can catch up on washing.
- The Maori made an epic journey from
the legendary Hawaiki, probably in Polynesia
to the north of New Zealand, about 1000 years
ago. The great explorer Kupe named the new land
Aotearoa - Land of the Long White Cloud. The
first documented European to discover New Zealand
was Dutch navigator Abel Tasman, who came here
in 1642 in search of the fabled great southern
continent. Over a 125 years later, Captain James
Cook claimed it for Britain in 1769 and produced
a map of the country.
- New Zealand is a modern country with
a well-developed economy and a government structure
based on the British parliamentary system. New
Zealand has long been a sovereign nation in
its own right with only tenuous ties to Britain
through New Zealand's membership of the British
Commonwealth. You can find more information
on New Zealand's government and its monetary
policy at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and
New Zealand Government Online.
Hotels - Hotels in New Zealand
come in all shapes, sizes and personalities.
You can expect to find top international hotel
chains, such as Sheraton, Accor, Hilton, Hyatt,
Rydges and InterContinental. You'll also discover
smaller hotels that are memorable for their
individuality and in convenient locations on
all the main travelling routes. Large international
chains are mostly found in the major cities
- Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. They're
also located in key holiday destinations, such
as Rotorua and Queenstown. Character and boutique
hotels, which range from heritage buildings
to purpose built facilities in stunning regional
locations, vary in price according to their
level of luxury. Hosts are welcoming and provide
insight into the local culture and attractions.
- Perhaps the best-known kiwi is the
delicious kiwifruit. Originating in China, kiwifruit
were grown in New Zealand domestic gardens for
decades as Chinese gooseberries.
However, when enterprising New Zealand farmers
began propagating the fruit intensively for
export, it was given the name kiwifruit and
has since achieved worldwide fame.
Money - In the international
financial markets, New Zealands basic
currency unit, the New Zealand dollar, is frequently
called the kiwi The dollar coin
features a kiwi bird on one side.
Motels - New Zealand motels
offer clean and cosy, superior accommodation
with all the comforts of home. Motels usually
have one or two bedrooms, lounge, bathroom and
a fully equipped kitchen. They are ideal if
you prefer to cook your own meals.You will find
motels everywhere. Larger motels often have
facilities similar to hotels - swimming pool,
spa, sauna, in-house video, laundry facilities,
room service, breakfast, restaurant and so on.
- is the youngest country on earth - the last
major landmass to be discovered. It has a rich
and fascinating history, reflecting both our
Maori and European heritage. Amazing Maori historic
sites and taonga (treasures), some dating back
almost a thousand years, are a contrast to many
beautiful colonial buildings. A walk around
any New Zealand city today shows what a culturally
diverse and fascinating country we have become.
Passports - All visitors to
New Zealand must carry a passport that is valid
for at least three months beyond the date you
intend to leave the country. Most visitors who
intend to stay for less than three months do
not require a visa. If you want to stay longer
than three months, or your country of origin
does not have a visa waiver agreement with New
Zealand, then you will need to apply for a Visitor's
- New Zealand is an independent nation
and a member of the British Commonwealth. It
has a diverse multi-cultural population of 4
million people, the majority of whom are of
British descent. New Zealand's indigenous Maori
make up around 14 percent of the population.
New Zealand is one of the first places in the
world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead of
GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). In summer New Zealand
uses daylight saving, with clocks
put forward one hour to GMT+13. Daylight saving
begins on the last Sunday in September and ends
on the first Sunday of the following April,
when clocks are put back to GMT+12.
English is the common and everyday language
of New Zealand. New Zealand is a multi-cultural
society and you may hear many other languages
spoken, including Maori, which is also an official
language of New Zealand.
Travel - Getting between New
Zealand destinations is half the fun of being
here. The scenery youll discover on the
road, in the air or along the rail tracks makes
every journey totally enjoyable. New Zealand
has a well-maintained road network and the main
islands are linked by ferry and air services.
Our network of international and domestic airports
throughout the country has New Zealand air travel
is the best time to visit New Zealand
New Zealand is an extremely popular summer destination,
both for overseas and domestic visitors. Tourism
New Zealand strongly recommends you book at
least your first two nights accommodation during
the months of January, February and March to
avoid disappointment. It's a good idea to make
contact with the local i-SITE visitor centre
in the region you are travelling to, and discuss
with them whether late bookings will be available.
the climate like?
New Zealand's seasons are the reverse of the
Northern Hemisphere. This means that the warmest
months are December, January and February, while
the coldest are in June, July and August. Don't
let cold months put you off - winters tend to
be short and generally fairly mild. That
said, on any given day the weather and temperature
can change unexpectedly and sometimes dramatically.
You should be prepared for that, particularly
if you are going hiking or doing other outdoor
clothes should I take?
Dress is informal and relaxed on most occasions.
Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most
restaurants and night-spots. Men are generally
not expected to wear suits and ties, except
in a few of the top formal bars and restaurants
in major cities. In
summer a jacket and sweater should be included
in your luggage should the weather turn cooler
or you visit higher altitudes. You can expect
some rain, so also include a light rainproof
jacket or coat. If visiting between May and
September, pack warm winter garments and layer
for Travellers with Special Needs
It is best to check availability prior to arrival,
or to contact the Disability Resource Centre (phone
number at the end of this section), which will have
a list of the accessible facilities and services
at your destination. Some major carriers have excellent
provision for people with disabilities, but all
prefer advance notice of your access needs so they
may prepare in advance.
If you are a tourist from outside of New Zealand
and propose to acquire and use a car for your stay,
Mobility Parking Permits are available from branches
of New Zealand CCS, which are in all the main centres.
Addresses are on their website www.ccs.org.nz. These
permits also allow parking in other time-limited
parking areas for an extra period that varies with
each local parking authority. These concessions
do not apply in privately owned parking facilities.
Under New Zealand law, guide and hearing dogs may
accompany you anywhere there is public access. Tourists
from the UK, Australia, Sweden, Singapore, Ireland,
Hawaii and Norway do not have quarantine restrictions
on service dogs. Animals from other countries must
complete up to six months preparation in the country
of origin before arriving in New Zealand.
Further information can be obtained from Disability
Resource Centres. Enable New Zealand, National Office:
Ph: 0-6-952 0011 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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to New Zealand. You will find a diverse range of scenery and
conditions from sub-tropical to a little colder down south in
the winter time. New Zealand can be enjoyed at a pace to suit
every age group. Grab a cheap flight to New Zealand for a game
of golf, Buy a map, hire a rental car, have an adventure and
fill your lungs with the smog free air New Zealand has to offer.
Accommodation from backpackers, bed and breakfast to luxury