Know this essential information on New Zealand
When to Go
From December to March is New Zealand's busiest tourist times, all the tourists come to New Zealand during those months to enjoy the sun, the beaches and everything that goes together with it. However the hotel prices and the prices of just about everything else are much higher during the high season. You should take note that the high season and the low season could differ by as little as a few days but it will save you a huge amount of money.
New Zealand's warmest months are during December, January and February and the coldest months are during June, July and August. But you shouldn't let the winter put you off, New Zealand's winters are very short with Spring showing up before the winter is even over.
Health and Safety
There are no particular health hazards in New Zealand, but you should take care not to overindulge and to eat food that is undercooked. As with all other places you should keep your body hydrated if you are planning to walk long distances. New Zealand has very clean air with very little pollution, which makes the sun rays much stronger. So keep your body hydrated and use plenty sunblock.
Visas and Passports
All visitors need a passport (valid for at least three months after your departure in New Zealand) to visit New Zealand and to enter their own countries again. Nationals of the EU countries, Australia, Canada, Japan and the US do not need a visa for stays up to 3 months.
Money and Currency
The official currency of New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). Banking hours are 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday and are closed on public holidays. New Zealand has an abundance of ATM machines that accept all major credit cards such as, Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express.