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New Zealand

Country Facts

In New Zealand, respect for the local art, culture and indigenous people is second only to environmental concern and this tiny nation still has some of the most untouched, unspoilt locations on the planet. A concentration of pristine beaches, dense forests, volcanoes, fjords, Alpine heights and mind-boggling marine life makes this a hot spot for tourists. Bungee jumping is a must, as is snorkelling or deep sea diving and fish and chips. To get under Kiwi skin, read 'The Whale Rider' by Witi Ihimaera, watch 'The Lord of the Rings' for the awe-inspiring landscape and listen to Salmonella Dub's 'Killer Version'.

  • Capital: Wellington
  • Official Languages: English, Maori
  • Government: Constitutional Monarchy
  • Currency: New Zealand Dollar
  • Time Zone: +12:00 GMT (6½ hrs ahead of India)
  • Telephone Calling Code: 0064

When To Go

Best time to visit: November to April. The average temperature in New Zealand is 12.5°C. The highest monthly average temperature is 20°C in January and February, while the lowest monthly average temperature is 5°C in July.

What To Do

Kiwi cuisine is known as Pacific Rim cuisine, a blend of Pacific and Asian flavours with an Anglo Saxon mix. Wellington, the capital, is reputed to have more food joints per capita than New York, with 300 plus cafés and restaurants in an area just two square kilometres.

What to eat and drink
  • Hangi: Traditional Maori meat feast cooked in an underground oven
  • Roasted New Zealand lamb
  • Scallops and green-lipped mussels
  • Downunder cheese puffs
  • Muttonbird: Maori delicacy that tastes like fish-flavoured chicken
  • Whitebait: A seasonal delicacy
  • All kinds of cheeses
  • Custard tarts and cream buns
  • Pavlova: A meringue with whipped cream and fruit
  • Hokey Pokey ice cream
  • Ginger beer
  • Wines: Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay and Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough

Maori carvings in wood, bone and pounamu (greenstone or jade), jewellery and ornaments made from the paua shell (abalone), handknitted wool sweaters, wall hangings, homespun yarns, manuka honey, kiwi souvenirs, oils and cosmetics, beer, wine, cheese.


Escorted Tours

The best and easiest way to see the highlights is on an escorted tour, where all your travel, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements are well taken care of. A knowledgeable local guide brings history and culture to life as you travel in the comfort of your deluxe coach.

Unmatched selection, more included features, quality first class hotels, and vast experience make Globus the obvious choice for travelers who want more. The world leader in quality escorted travel, Globus delivers memorable vacation experiences with knowledgeable Tour Directors and local guides.


Travel Tips



By Air

These are many options of the airlines flying to New Zealand from around the world and India as well like Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways.


Buses are the cheapest and most common form of public transport available for travelling between towns and cities.


Ferries are popular for travel between the North and South Islands. The two major providers are InterIslander and Bluebridge, and fares start at NZ$ 55 for foot passengers. Taking the ferry means you’ll experience the beautiful Marlborough Sounds on your way into or out of Picton.

Ferry travel is also available between the mainland and New Zealand’s offshore islands, including Waiheke, Rangitoto and Great Barrier near Auckland city, and Stewart Island just below the South Island. In some coastal areas, ferries connect towns which are closer via water than via road - including Russell and Paihia in the Bay of Islands.

Rental Car

Self-drive is a popular way to explore New Zealand. Roads are well-maintained and signposted, and spectacular scenery awaits around every corner. With self-drive, you’ll have the flexibility to evolve your itinerary as you go along and the freedom to explore places that are away from the main tourist trails.

Customs and Quarantine Requirements

Please visit the Ministry for Primary Industries (Biosecurity / Quarantine) website for what food, plant and animal items can be bought into New Zealand. Please refer to the Customs New Zealand website for a list of any other items that are prohibited to bring into New Zealand.


Tipping and Service Charges

Tipping in New Zealand is not obligatory, even in restaurants and bars. However, tipping for good service or kindness is at the discretion of the visitor. Hotels and restaurants in New Zealand do not add service charges to their bills.

  • Rain jacket Women’s and Men’s - You’ll definitely need this in New Zealand. Weather varies from region to region in the country, and you never know when you’ll need to ward off a chilly breeze or a sudden rainfall.

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