Come, travel to New Zealand! A beautiful country with rich history, you can find exactly what you’re looking for. From the moment you land you will be struck with the scenery that is everchanging, different in either Island, and if you get the chance -have a look at the smallest island at the bottom- Stewart Island.
Offices and Businesses
Offices and businesses are mostly open Monday to Friday from 8am to 5.30pm.
Trading banks are mostly open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm. Money machines (known as automatic transaction machines or ATMs) are available 24 hours.
Shops are usually open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Some close later on Thursdays or Fridays, and on weekends open from 10am to about 4pm.
Convenience stores, known as dairies, and large department stores and supermarkets usually open every day and for extended hours.
Service stations (petrol stations) open until late evening, and for 24 hours in most major centres. Farmers’ and craft markets offering locally grown produce and artisans’ wares are held on weekends in many cities and towns.
Most post offices are open Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm, but some have longer hours, and may open on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm.
Goods and Services Tax
GST (Goods and Services Tax) of 15% is applied to the cost of all goods and services and is generally included in prices.
Currency is the New Zealand dollar. One dollar is equal to 100 cents.
Tipping and Service Charges
Gratuities are not expected, but if a visitor wishes to leave a tip in gratitude for outstanding service, this is acceptable. Service charges are not added to hotel or restaurant accounts.
In emergencies, dial 111 to call for police, fire or ambulance services. DO NOT DIAL 911.
New Zealand’s AC electricity supply operates at 230/240 volts (50 hertz), the same as Australia. Most hotels and motels also provide 110 volt, 20 watt, and AC sockets for electric razors. An adaptor is necessary to operate all other electrical equipment.
Tap (faucet) water in New Zealand is fresh, treated and safe to drink. City water is both chlorinated and fluoridated.
Smoke-free Law in New Zealand
The Smoke-free Environments Amendment Act 2003 requires that schools and early childhood centres, licensed premises (bars, restaurants, cafes, sports clubs, casinos), and workplaces are smoke-free.
Road cycling is a popular way to get around and the South Island is one of the best road cycling locations in the world, providing a mix of populated areas and long stretches of scenery.
The best time for road cycling is generally February to April.
Motorcycle touring is becoming a popular alternative. Campervans are another well-used means of transport, offering the advantage of combining accommodation and transport.
More traditional public transportation is also available; various companies offer public bus services and coach tours.
Ferry services link the three main islands as well as many smaller islands. New Zealand’s rail network traverses the country from north to south, including three renowned scenic rail experiences.
New Zealand is well served by air transport, with all cities, major towns and resorts linked to the national network. The main domestic airlines are Air New Zealand and JetStar, with commuter airlines linking some smaller towns.
New Zealanders drive on the left-hand side of the road.