New Zealand Travel Guide
I love New Zealand—from great metropolitan cities, rolling hills, Ancient Kauri trails, surf breaks, wine and food, glaciers and treks—there is something for everyone.
New Zealand’s amazing National Parks, glacier trekking and many extreme sports make it a beautiful place for those who seek adventure and adrenaline! After all, this is the birthplace of commercial bungee jumping.
The country has a rich history and an incredible Māori culture, plus the locals are some of the most friendly I’ve come across. There are so many reasons to add New Zealand to your travel bucket list!
While I don’t think there is a bad time to travel to New Zealand, you do need to think about the different seasons and activities to get the most out of your trip.
New Zealand’s high season is in the summer months (December to February). If you’re planning to visit over these months, book your flights and accommodation well in advance to lock in lower prices.
If you’re a hiker, March to May is the best time to tackle New Zealand’s famous Great Walks. It’s also a good option period for budget travelers from the US, with flight prices dipping during these months.
Check out The Best Time to Travel to New Zealand for complete details!
What To Expect
Language: New Zealand has three official languages: English, Maori, and New Zealand Sign Language.
Currency: The currency in New Zealand is called the New Zealand Dollar. 1 USD is equivalent to about 1,46 New Zealand Dollars.
Credit Cards and ATMs: You won’t have a problem using your credit or debit card in New Zealand. As long as it’s a Visa, MasterCard, or Maestro you can use it for purchases or cash withdrawals. However, your card will need to have a four-digit PIN code to work.
Plugs: The plugs in New Zealand are type I. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hair dryers and hot tools.
Safety: New Zealand is one of the safest countries in the world and is one of the best destinations for solo female travelers. However, petty theft is a reality here. Make sure you practice common sense and keep an eye on your things to avoid any problems while you’re abroad.