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Info from New Zealand


Info from New Zealand

Country name: New Zealand in abbreviation written NZ.

Location: Oceania, New Zealand is located in the South Pacific Ocean and southeast of Australia.

Flag of New Zealand: The flag colour of New Zealand is blue and red. It has a blue background with on the upper left side the Union Flag and on the right side four stars representing the Southern Cross.

Government type: Parliamentary Democracy.

Population: over 4 million.

Language: English and Maori are the official language of New Zealand.

Capital: Wellington.

Regions: New Zealand has sixteen regions. Wellington, Marlborough, Auckland, Canterbury, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, Manawatu-Wanganui, Nelson, Otago, Northland, Southland, Tasman, Taranaki, Waikati, West Coast.

Territory: New Zealand has one territory, Chatham Islands.

Independence Day: 26 September 1907.

National holiday: 6 February, Waitangi Day (treaty of Waitangi).

Currency: New Zealand Dollar.

Main Airports: Wellington International Airport, Auckland International Airport, Christchurch International Airport, Dunedin International Airport, Hamilton International Airport, Palmerston North International Airport.

Documents: A passport valid for at least for three month, visa is not required for visitors staying less than three months and United Kingdom visitors may stay in New Zealand for six months without visa. Driving is allowed with an International Driving license.

How to get in New Zealand: The most usual way to get to New Zealand is air.

When to go to New Zealand: New Zealand may be visited all throughout the year. November to April is considered to be the warmer months in the year. New Zealand receives a large number of visitors during the month of December as there are school holidays during this month of the year. Winter starts from June and ends in August. New Zealand is also very beautiful in winter and those who like ski and snow will love it at this period. But autumn and spring in New Zealand is also very spectacular.

Electricity: 240/250volt Ac 50 Hz. Hotels provides also 110 volt too.

Business: Office hours are usually from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

What to wear: You may expect in New Zealand to have the seasons in one day. So you better bring in your suitcases clothing for warm and cold weather. For cold temperatures you should bring a raincoat, warm woollen clothing, long pants, gloves, scarves and warm shoes. For warm temperatures do not forget your bath suit, light clothing, hat, short pants, light shoes, sun glasses and sunscreen.

Credit Card and Travellers Cheques: The most accepted cards in New Zealand are Bankcard, American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Dinners Club, and Carte Blanche. Travellers can be easily changed in banks and hotels. It is therefore recommended to have New Zealand Dollars Cheques.

Banks: In most regions of New Zealand banks are open from Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Some banks offer their services also Saturday morning.

Accommodation: New Zealand offers a large choice of luxury hotels, comfortable hotels, motels, bungalows, apartments, guest houses, self-catering. Depending of your budget you can choose the best accommodation that fits your purse. Most hotels offer a lot of facilities as TV, telephone, refrigerator, internet. In most cities and towns there is also a large choice of hotels.

Health: Hygiene is very important in New Zealand. Tap water is considered to one of the cleanest water in the world so no worries to drink tap water. Hospitals are well equipped and doctors are well trained.



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