International visitors

Passport and Visa
Invitation Letters
Biosecurity
Vaccinations
Do I need health insurance when travelling to New Zealand from overseas?
Climate

The weather varies throughout New Zealand by region and by season.
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Currency & Costs:

The currency used is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD).
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Tipping?

Hotels and restaurants in New Zealand do not add service charges to their bills and tipping for good service is appreciated.

New Zealand tax goods and services?

New Zealand has a 15% goods and services tax (GST), which is included in the advertised price of goods and services unless stated. Overseas visitors cannot claim this back. Some stores may waive GST if you show onward or return air tickets, or when international shipment of goods is arranged.

Internet & Phone coverage:

Staying connected in New Zealand is easy with a little forward planning.
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Electricity:

New Zealand’s electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts, and uses angled two or three pin plugs (the same as Australia and parts of Asia).

Time Zone:

New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

Smartphone App

The free Essential New Zealand travel app from Tourism New Zealand is available from the App Store and Google Play. Access up-to-date information about hundreds of selected travel experiences while you’re in New Zealand without the need for an internet connection.
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