New Zealand Basics

"The Beehive", NZ parliament building, Wellington"The Beehive", NZ parliament building, Wellington
  • For emergency services – police, ambulance and fire – dial 111
  • You need a passport valid for three months after your departure date and fully paid tickets for your return, but you don’t need vaccination certificates or visas if you don’t intend to work. During your stay you’re covered by Accident Compensation including free medical care, although this doesn’t cover loss of earnings outside New Zealand. It’s still a good idea to get travel insurance
  • Electricity is using a three-pronged plug and is 230 volts, so American 110 volt items should not be used (the exception being electric shavers which often have special outlets). Adaptors can be purchased easily
  • Internet cafes are prolific in New Zealand, almost every small town will have at least one
  • The NZ dollar is worth around half the US dollar and just over a third of an English pound
  • Tipping isn’t expected for service anywhere – however if you feel it was exceptional, it is most definitely appreciated
  • NZ time is 12 hours ahead of GMT, and in the summer (Oct-Mar) clocks are put one hour ahead
  • Many payphones accept credit cards and all towns and cities and most places in between have cellular coverage. All major credit cards are accepted in most places
  • The country code for New Zealand is +64. When calling from outside the country, first dial the country code, followed by the city code (eg 03), but without the zero. For directory assistance within NZ, call 018
  • Tourist Information FM radio provides visitors with a history and culture of each area, the availability of local services, accommodation and activities 24 hours a day. A blue road sign will tell you if you’re in a broadcast area with transmission on frequency 88.2FM (100.4FM for German language and 100.8FM for Japanese)

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