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New-Zealand - Traveling

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Entry requirements

Organizing your trip

Means of transport recommended in town

Car and Taxis are the easiest way to travel in New Zealand cities. For more information click on this link.
Maps of urban networks: Maporama

Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country

The New Zealand rail network is efficient and modern, but not particularly extensive. A national bus service is also in operation. For more details, consult the website of Intercity Coachlines.
Rail companies: Rail New Zealand
Airlines
Name Type Domestic flights International flights
Air New Zealand Major yes Yes
Pacific Blue Low cost yes Yes
Qantas Major yes Yes

Traveling by yourself

Recommendation: Roads are in very good condition. Driving is on the left side of the road. It is strongly advised to get a comprehensive insurance.
Road maps: Zoomin Maps
Find an itinerary: AA MAPS

Visiting

Different forms of tourism

Historical: The National Museum of New Zealand in the capital Wellington, Te Papa, is the best way to discover the rich history of the country, its indigenous people and first European settlers. Visit The National Museum of New Zealand
Cultural: Many exhibitions, festivals, screening, Maori cultural events take place throughout the year. For more information click on this link
Nature: New Zealand is the outdoor country par excellence. Visit the National park  
Religious: There are many Maori sacred sites and tribal meeting places around the country. Visit the Indigenous New Zealand website 
Thermal: Hot springs flow all over the country. There are many natural spas, in particular in the North Island around Roturoa.
Beach: New Zealand has an extraordinarily extended coastline in comparison to its size, with an abundance of beautiful beaches, from sandy to rock-strewn. For more information click on this link
Winter sports: There are over 15 national ski resorts with good snow and superb countryside. For more information, visit this link
Outdoor activities: New Zealand is one of the world capitals of bushwalking (tramping), with hundreds of outstanding tracks, regional and National parks as well as UNESCO World Heritage areas to explore. Sailing, bicycle touring, whales watching, skiing and golfing are also very popular. The country is the world capital of bungee jumping and rugby is a way of life for many kiwis.
Shopping: Auckland and Wellington are the two capitals of shopping in New Zealand.
Tourism organizations: New Zealand Tourism

Living conditions

Health and safety

Health precautions: No specific vaccination is required.
For further information on sanitary conditions: New Zealand Hospitals

Time difference and climate

Map of the time zone: Wellington, Auckland (GMT+12 in winter, GMT+13 in summer.)
Summer time period: Summer time from October to March.
Climate: The latitude of New Zealand corresponds closely to that of Italy in the Northern Hemisphere. However, its isolation from continental influences and exposure to cold southerly winds and ocean currents gives the climate a much milder character. The climate throughout the country is mild and temperate, mainly maritime, with temperatures rarely falling below 0 °C or rising above 30 °C in populated areas. Conditions vary sharply across regions from extremely wet on the West Coast of the South Island to semi-arid inland Canterbury and subtropical in Northland. Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch all receive a yearly average in excess of 2000 hours of sunshine per annum. The southern and south-western parts of South Island have a cooler and cloudier climate, with around 1400–1600 sunshine hours per annum; whilst the northern and north-eastern parts of the South Island are the sunniest areas of the country and receive approximately 2400–2500 sunshine hours per annum.

Eating

Food specialties: Much of contemporary New Zealand culture is derived from British roots. It also includes significant influences from Maori but also American and Australian cultures, along with those of other European cultures and more recently non-Maori Polynesian and Asian cultures. All this reflects in a multicultural cuisine with no specific national dish but plenty of interesting culinary discoveries.
Drinks: Beer is the most popular drink, with wine a close second in a country which produces amongst the best Pinot Noir & Sauvignon Blanc in the world.
Dietary taboos: None.

Speaking

Getting some knowledge: The British Council website gives you typical phrases to learn in English. For more information log on Learning English
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