Travelling to and around New Zealand is easy and with our essential information you’ll have everything you need to help plan your visit.

Accommodation

New Zealand has a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets, including luxury lodges, an extensive range of hotels, motels, apartments and Bed & Breakfasts. 

Discover our range of accommodation options.

Airlines and Travel

Travelling to New Zealand is easy, and flights are available from many international destinations. New Zealand is only a 9-12 hour overnight flight from most countries on the Pacific Rim.
 

Discover more information about flights and travelling to New Zealand.

Biosecurity

In order to protect New Zealand and its environment, certain items are not allowed to be brought into the country or must be declared if they are deemed to present a biosecurity risk.These include food, plants, animal products and outdoor recreational equipment. You may risk a fine if you fail to comply.

For more information visit the Ministry for Primary Industries. 
 

Climate and Weather

The far north of New Zealand is subtropical whilst the south is more temperate. The warmest months are traditionally December, January and February, and the coolest June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum daytime temperatures range between 20–30°C and in winter between 10–15°C.

Learn more about weather, climate and seasons in New Zealand. 

Currency

The currency used is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand, with Visa and MasterCard accepted most widely. All goods and services are subject to a 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST) included in the display price.

For more information on GST visit Inland Revenue.   

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand, temporary border measures have been put in place. These include entry restrictions and self-isolation requirements for most people arriving into New Zealand.

For the latest information visit the Immigration New Zealand website.

Passport and Visas

When you arrive, your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date, and if required, have a valid New Zealand visa. From 1 October 2019, visitors from visa-waiver countries must request an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) prior to coming to New Zealand.

For more visa and immigration information visit the Immigration New Zealand website

People and Culture

New Zealand's Māori culture is an integral part of Kiwi life and adds a unique, dynamic experience for visitors. Whilst here, you'll feel the spirit of manaakitanga – the uniquely New Zealand way of giving and making people feel welcome. 

Discover more about New Zealand's friendly and down-to-earth people. 

Qualmark

Many tourism companies are Qualmark licensed.  Qualmark is the New Zealand tourism industry's main quality assurance system. Look for companies that are Qualmark licensed as a mark of quality business practises.

Learn more about Qualmark. 

Useful Facts

To make the most of your visit to New Zealand, you need to know the basic facts. We have plenty of useful infortmation to get you started, whether you're looking for practical planning tips or you're interested in New Zealand's history and culture.

Learn more about New Zealand. 

Visiting New Zealand Fact Sheet 

Download our fact sheet about visiting New Zealand, including information on climate, currency, accommodation, entering New Zealand and more. 

Download the fact sheet here