New Zealand is a small country with a big heart. We have a unique history, a vibrant culture and there's so much to do – much of it outdoors in our famously beautiful natural scenery.
Of course, your clients will want to know some key information about our country. Both to help them get here, and to travel around as easily as possible. Here are the basics:
Population – Approximately 4.4 million.
Currency – New Zealand dollars (NZ$).
Climate – In general, New Zealand has a mild climate, with winds coming in from the coast. The temperature tends to get colder as you head south.
Seasons – Summer starts in December and runs through to the end of February, whilst winter falls in the middle of the year, starting in June.
People – Nicknamed ‘Kiwis’, New Zealanders are renowned for their friendliness and laidback nature. The Māori people are the native population, although New Zealand today is home to a wide mix of ethnicities including many people from the surrounding Pacific Islands, and a growing Asian population.
Time zone – New Zealand is 11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+12 GMT). Between the end of September and the start of April Daylight Saving is observed, meaning clocks are put forward an hour to +13 GMT.
– From 1 October 2019, visitors from visa-waiver countries must request an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)
prior to coming to New Zealand. Your clients may also have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). For more information on the ETA and IVL, visit Immigration New Zealand
- New Zealand has very strict biosecurity procedures at airports and ports to prevent the introduction of pests and diseases. If your clients bring in prohibited items into New Zealand, they risk being fined . Go to the Ministry for Primary Industries
website to find out what your clients can and can't bring into New Zealand during their stay.