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8 Things to Know Before Travelling to New Zealand

New Zealand is a beautiful country that has something to offer for every type of traveller. With such stunning natural landscapes and rich cultural experiences, it is no wonder that people from all over the world  want to travel to New Zealand. However, before you pack your bags and head off to the Land of the Long White Cloud, a little planning is required! To make sure you can make the most of your trip,  we have done some of the work for you: Here are our top 8 things to know before travelling to New Zealand:

1. Entry requirements

Before you travel to New Zealand, you need to know that British passport holder will not require a visa if they visit for less than 6 months, but that they will need to obtain a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) ahead of their trip. You can apply via the official mobile app in which case the fee is NZD $17 or online through the Immigration NZ website. In addition, you will have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy of NZD $35 when you apply.

As of 13 September 2022, travellers no longer have to meet any COVID-19 requirements, nor do they need to fill out a New Zealand Traveller Declaration.British passport

2. Safety and crime levels in New Zealand

New Zealand is known for being one of the safest countries in the world. According to the Global Peace Index 2022, it maintained its second place yet again. The GPI takes into account indicators such as risk of terrorism, violent crime, war, and political stability.

Needless to say, it is still important to take precautions to ensure your safety and protect yourself from theft. Be aware of your surroundings and use your common sense by locking your doors and windows and keeping your valuables out of sight. Make sure you are extra vigilant if you want to stay safe when travelling solo.coastline New Zealand

3. Climate and weather

If you are planning to travel to New Zealand, you probably already know that the climate is temperate and overall mild. But did you know that the weather can be so unpredictable that it’s not uncommon to experience all four seasons in one day, especially in the south of the island? So, do make sure to pack for all types of weather, even if you’re travelling during the summer months of December, January or February. Versatile, casual outfits work field at Lake Tekapo

4. Local currency and methods of payment

The New Zealand dollar (NZD $) is the local currency, but most places accept credit and debit cards. It’s a good idea, however, to have some cash on hand for smaller purchases, tipping, and to avoid transaction fees. Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay are also widely used. ATMs are available throughout the country, but make sure to check what international transaction fees your bank might charge.

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5. Cost of travelling

New Zealand has a reputation of being a rather expensive tourist destination. Food, accommodation, and transportation don’t come cheap here. Make sure to budget accordingly and plan for higher expenses than you may be used to.

Of course, there are ways to save money on your holiday. You could, for example, search for cheap flights and start your adventure wherever your flight takes you. If you are a travelling alone, you will undoubtedly be more flexible than most, so you could also start your solo holidays by travelling off peak i.e. in low season between June and August or pick the mid-season months of April/May/September/October. In addition, you will save money if you prepare your own meals, use public transport instead of renting a car, or stay in hostels. Don’t be put off by the latter: Hostels in New Zealand are generally modern, clean, centrally located, and offer private rooms, too for those who feel a little too old to share.

6. Respecting local customs and tradition

For over 1000 years, the Māori were the indigenous people of New Zealand. Today, the Māori culture is an important part of New Zealand’s identity and its descendants keep the traditions and customs alive. Make sure to be respectful of native customs and traditions, such as removing your shoes before entering a marae (Māori meeting house) or not touching someone’s head. It’s also a good idea to learn a few Māori words and phrases, such as “kia ora” (hello) and “whanau” (family) before you embark on your adventure.Maori statue

7. New Zealand’s biosecurity laws

New Zealand is known for its pristine natural environment, and the government works hard to maintain it. As a result, New Zealand has strict biosecurity laws to prevent the introduction of invasive species and diseases. Make sure to declare any food, plants, or animal products you bring into the country on the Passenger Arrival Card that you will need to fill out during your flight, and be prepared for your bags to be searched at the airport.tuatara at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, New Zealand

8. Driving in New Zealand

Even for those travelling from the UK, it may come as a surprise that New Zealanders drive on the left hand side of the road. As driving is the most convenient method of transport and many tourists like to hire a car at the airport, be aware that you will need to drive on the left side of the road! This can be a challenge for many Europeans and Americans who are used to driving on the right, so take your time and be extra cautious when turning or changing lanes. Unfortunately, serious road accidents involving both tourists and locals are not uncommon. So make sure you find out as much as you can about safe driving on holiday before you hire a car or campervan.road in New Zealand


We hope that you enjoyed reading our article and that our 8 things to know before travelling to New Zealand make you feel more confident about your travel plans. There is little to stop you from visiting this truly spectacular country now! Whether you like the beach or the mountains, are travelling on a budget or are looking for comfort on holiday, New Zealand offers something for everyone. Where else can you go and find mountains, volcanoes, beaches, rainforests, and glaciers?

About the author:

Single Parents on Holiday organise accompanied group holidays for single parents and their children as well as singles holidays for over 60s for their single parent empty nesters and any other solo travellers looking for adult company on holiday.

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