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New Zealand Country Quickfacts

  • New Zealand Board
  • Arthurs Pass in the Southern Alps
  • Preparing the track
  • Cable car in Wellington
  • Across to the mysterious Rangitoto Island
  • Watch out for the Kiwis
Area: 268,021 km²
103,483 sq mi
Capital: Wellington
Country Code: 64
Country Population: 4,881,071
Credit Cards: All major credit cards are accepted in New Zealand, including American Express, Visa, and Master Card
Currency: New Zealand Dollar ($NZD)
Departure Tax: Flying out of Auckland, the departure tax is included with your airfare. Otherwise, there is a tax of $25NZD.
Drives on the: Left
Electricity: 220/240 V.
Hotels may have 110V sockets, recommended for razors only.
Ethnic Groups:  White/European, Maori, Asian, Pan Pacific
Flag: New Zealand Flag
Location:  South Pacific hemisphere
Official Language(s): English, Maori
Religion: Predominantly Christian with substantial Baptist, Latter-Day Saints and Pentecostal
Time Zone: New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), 12 hours in advance of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Chatham Islands use Chatham Standard Time (CHAST), 12 hours 45 minutes in advance of UTC.
Tipping: Not customary and not required.

With exceptional service (particularly with Concierges or in restaurants and cafes) a tip is always appreciated.



New Zealand Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to New Zealand. 

Learn about the history and culture of New Zealand, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about New Zealand's nature and wildlife, weather, and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering New Zealand for yourself. Start exploring...book one of our New Zealand tours today!


Extend Your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your New Zealand vacation at one of Goway's South Pacific destinations. You can choose from our selection of Australian vacationsTahiti vacation packages or stay at one of our Fiji resorts or perhaps take a Cook Island vacation. This can be done by stopping over en route to or from New Zealand. 



Book your New Zealand tour with Goway!

With more than 150 New Zealand tours and experiences, Goway’s Downunder wizards can offer you many ways to explore and enjoy New Zealand. Choose from a simple city stopover, see the country highlights on one of our classic itineraries, a self-drive holiday, a Holiday of a Lifetime, and more. We want to be your first choice when next you go globetrotting to New Zealand.

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