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Overview
New Zealand

For many of us, New Zealand can feel remarkably like home, but there are still some substantial differences that you will need to prepare for your New Zealand holiday.

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Visas
New Zealand

British citizens do not require a visa to enter New Zealand for stays of up to 6 months. If you want to find out more about entry requirements, talk to your Travel Butler or refer to the New Zealand embassy.

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Inoculations
New Zealand

Travellers from the UK do not require any extra vaccinations before visiting New Zealand.

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When to go
New Zealand

When you're planning your New Zealand adventure, the first thing to remember is that the seasons are exactly the opposite of those in the UK. This can make the Southern Hemisphere especially tempting for winter getaways, when New Zealand offers warm weather and a packed events calendar. It’s important to note though that the North Island tends to receive high rainfall in December which could dampen your spirits. Also, you’ll have to deal with the crowds of domestic tourists making the most of the school holidays. The winter season (June to August) is the most variable, ideal for skiing but less well suited to other outdoor activities, while spring from September to November and Autumn from March to May have reduced crowds and generally pleasant weather.

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Currency
New Zealand

The currency is the New Zealand dollar.

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Electrical
New Zealand

New Zealand uses type I plugs with 3 flat pins and residential voltage between 220 and 240 volts, depending on the region. You will need a travel adaptor if you are bringing electronics from the UK.

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Travel insurance
New Zealand

It may feel like a home away from home, but for travel to New Zealand it is still incredibly important to take out travel insurance before you travel. To arrange coverage, talk to your expert.

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What to pack
New Zealand

New Zealand has strict regulations about bringing food and other potential biohazards into the country, so check your bags are free of snacks before disembarking. New Zealand's famously unpredictable weather means you'll need to be prepared for everything when packing – rain and shine, no matter what time of year you're visiting. Some of the essentials include:

  • Passport
  • Power adaptor
  • All-weather jacket
  • Warm layers
  • Comfortable walking boots
  • Hat, sunglasses and sun cream
  • Insect repellent 

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