NEW ZEALAND FACTS

WEATHER
New Zealand’s seasons are opposite those in the northern hemisphere so December to February is summer, March to May is autumn, June to August is winter and September to November is spring. Because most of the country is near the coast the temperatures are fairly mild, however the inland alpine areas of the South Island can get as cold as -10°C (14°F). The warmest months are January and February with July being the coldest. The average maximum high is between 20 – 30°C (70 – 90°F) and the low is between 10 – 15°C (50 -60°F). Rainfall throughout the year is fairly high and evenly distributed, but is more prevalent in the winter rather than summer. June through October can bring snow especially in the mountainous areas like the Southern Alps and the Central Plateau.

WHAT TO PACK
Depending on the time of year you visit, you will want to pack appropriate clothing. Shorts and t-shirts are adequate in the summer, but you may want to pack a light jacket. In spring and fall the nights will be cooler so pants and a long-sleeved shirt and perhaps a warm sweater. The winter months can be colder so jeans, long-sleeved shirts, sweaters and coats. A pair of gloves may be desirable. You may want to bring a sweater and coat yearlong if you plan on visiting the higher elevations. Because New Zealand is sunny most of the year and has comparatively little air pollution the UV rays are very strong. Be sure to bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

CURRENCY
The unit of currency in New Zealand is the dollar (NZ$), but all major credit cards are accepted. Currency can be exchanged at any bank, some hotels, at most city centers and at Bureau de Change kiosks which are found at International airports. Any amount of foreign currency may be brought in to New Zealand however any person that attempts to leave with more than NZ$10,000 in cash will need to complete a Border Cash Report..

INTERNET AND ELECTRICITY
Unless your electronic equipment has a multi-voltage option, an adapter/converter will be necessary. The Electricity supply in New Zealand runs at 230/240 volts and uses angled two or three pin plugs. For laptop, phone or tablet internet usage it’s recommended that you purchase a plan from one of New Zealand’s main networks. Although WiFi can be found in main cities only, the connection can be intermittent throughout the rest of the country. You can rent/buy mobile phones or SIM card if your phone company doesn’t have international roam services.

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTERS
New Zealand has a unique network called i-SITE. There are over 80 i-SITEs nationwide which travelers can access to learn information about their destination town given by travel experts that live there. Get local knowledge to find the best attractions, accommodations, activities, restaurants, transport, and more.

GETTING AROUND NEW ZEALAND
Because many of the roads are rural, drivers should take care to be aware of weather extremes, changes in terrain and narrow secondary roads and bridges. Always drive on the left-hand-side of the road and always stay at or below the speed limit. You can go to the website DriveSafe.org.nz to get all the information you need to have a safe and enjoyable holiday.