Discover New Zealand travel guide

New Zealand is a place where beautiful scenery and landscapes open up to a world of thrills and adventure.

Made up of two main islands, the North Island and the South Island, New Zealand has something for everybody and is a popular destination for Canadian travellers.

New Zealand is an island country. Its nearest neighbours are Australia and the Pacific islands of New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga. New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day – it’s 12 hours ahead of UTC (Coordinated Universal Time).

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Emergency Numbers

Dial 111

 
Main Ethnic Groups

70% European
16.5% Maori
15.3% Asian
9% Pacific Islanders

 
Main Religion

New Zealand is one of the most secular countries in the world.
37% Christian denominations
48.5% No religion

 
Geographic Facts Capital city: Wellington
Largest city: Auckland (1.4 million people)
 
  • New Zealand has many similarities to Canada as both countries were strongly influenced by British and European immigrants.
  • The locals are known as New Zealanders and informally known as Kiwis.
  • New Zealanders are very friendly. They like to joke and smile and welcome opportunities to meet new people.
  • Many Maori, including men and women, wear ta moko (facial tattoos) as an expression of cultural pride and integrity. The patterns communicate specific things such as social standing and family history.
  • Kia Ora = Hello
  • Aotearoa = New Zealand
  • Haere Mai = Welcome
  • Hangi = A traditional Maori feast
  • Dairy = A corner shop or small convenience store
  • Choice = Meaning anything from ok, cool, I agree, good
  • Chilly Bin = Esky
  • Jandles = Thongs
Spring through to Autumn is the best time to visit. Peak season is mid December to early February, when the school holidays occur. Ski towns in the South Island, such as Queenstown, are quite busy through winter.
New Zealand has a changeable, maritime climate. There is no large landmass in the way to block the prevailing west-to-east breezes bringing systems off the Tasman Sea, so the weather can change quickly. Temperatures vary between the North and South Islands, with minus degree readings in the South during winter.
Summer
Dec to Feb
North 21° / 27°
South 8° / 20°
Autumn
Mar to May
North 20° / 26°
South 6° / 16°
Winter
Jun to Aug
North 15° / 21°
South 2° / 11°
Spring
Sep to Nov
North 17° / 24°
South 5° / 15°
Public buses and private   taxis  are  the most available forms of transport. Trains and ferries run in the largest cities.
Dialing code +65

 
Visa - For trips of up to 90 days, Canadians must apply online for their New Zealand eTA.
The drinking age in New Zealand is 18 or over.
Tipping is not expected. Only tip when the service provide go above and beyond and you want to show appreciation.
Language
English and Te Reo Maori.
Electrical / device: 230/240 volts. Type I electrical plug.
Drive on the left side of the road.
 
Currency 
New Zealand Dollar (CAD$1 = $NZD1.10)
*average rate, 2015-2020
World records New Zealand is home to the biggest flightless parrot, the oldest reptile,the biggest earthworm, the smallest bat, and the steepest  street.
National icons are the nocturnal Kiwi Bird and the Silver Fern which is emblazoned on the National Rugby team, theAll Blacks’ uniform.
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