BEFORE YOU GO
If you're interested in a trip to New Zealand, you've come to the right place.
Below you'll find all the information you need about how to pack for your adventure, what to prepare for logistically with your flights and travel documents, and the nitty-gritty details like if you need to pack bug spray. Take a look and let us know if you have any additional questions! We're always happy to chat and can be reached directly at 1.888.870.0903.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE?
Temperatures in New Zealand vary based on the seasons, and weather can fluctuate wildly from day to day. Remember that seasons in New Zealand are opposite of the Northern Hemisphere. Bring warm clothing for mornings and evenings, and water resistant layers in case of rain. Check the forecast before you fly for the most accurate information.
Q: WHAT'S THE TIME ZONE?
New Zealand is UTC+13:00 during their spring and summer months.
Q: DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN BINOCULARS?
Yes! Our recommendation is to get a pair from Maven or Leica with a magnification of 10 x 42.
Q: CAN I RENT A CAR TO EXPLORE?
Absolutely. Driving solo in New Zealand is an excellent way to evolve your own itinerary and explore with complete freedom. You can legally drive in New Zealand for up to 12 months if you have either a current driver’s license from your home country, or an International Driving Permit (IDP). Refer to the NZ Transport Agency for information on New Zealand roads, rules, and safety regulations. Just remember to drive on the left-hand side of the road, and let us know if you’d like to include this in your plans!
Q: HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I BRING?
New Zealand’s currency is the New Zealand dollar. It’s a good idea to carry about $300 per person in NZD. Credit cards such as Visa, American Express, and MasterCard are all widely accepted. Come with a few options so you’re not scrambling, and remember to store everything in a money belt or pouch for safe keeping. For information on current exchange rates, visit xe.com.
Q: WHAT'S THE DEAL ON TIPPING?
Tipping is a personal and individual matter; the decision to tip and how much to give is entirely yours. That being said, tipping in bars, hotels, and other service industries in New Zealand is uncommon. If you chose to anyway, keep in mind most people in New Zealand add 10% of the bill, not 20%.
Q: CAN I USE MY CELL PHONE?
Even if you have an international plan, you might not get service while in New Zealand. But hey, don’t you want to unplug anyway?
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND VACCINATIONS
PASSPORT & VISAS
If you are a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, such as the United States and Canada, you don’t have to worry about getting a visa. All you need is proof of a return ticket to your home country. If you are from a country outside of the 50 with waiver agreements, visit passportsandvisas.com for more information.
Before you leave home, make several photocopies of your passport. We also recommend bringing at least two extra 2x2 passport photographs. This will facilitate the replacement of your passport in the event your passport is lost or stolen. Keep your passport, money, vouchers, and international air tickets in a money belt or pouch.
- Your passport must be valid for six months after your date of entry into antarctica
- Please have 4 blank pages in your passport, you world traveler you!
New Zealand is one of the most healthy and hospitable regions to visit. However, health concerns throughout the world change regularly so we strongly advise that you consult your physician regarding medications and immunizations that are recommended or mandatory. You can also check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The following vaccinations are recommended by the CDC for all travelers.
- Hepatitis A & B
CHARGERS AND ADAPTORS
New Zealand operates on 230-240-voltage electricity, so converters and adapters are necessary. Most hotels provide 110 volt ac sockets (rated at 20 watts). We advise you to bring your own adaptors (plug type I) for charging equipment.
THINGS YOU'LL NEED
- Prepare for changing weather with functional and comfortable layers
- Quick-dry clothing and warm layers are key
- 5-6 short sleeve shirts
- 2-3 long sleeve shirts
- 2-3 pair of casual pants/shorts (think khakis or yoga-style gear)
- 1-2 nice outfits for nights out on the town
- Underclothes and socks
- Bathing suit
- Jacket or light windbreaker
- Comfortable and functional walking shoes, including sandals
- Fleece/sweater or sweatshirt
- Insect repellent with deet
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, and hat
- Extra money and money belt to securely carry all passports, vouchers, and air tickets
- Normal prescriptions and traveler’s meds for heartburn, indigestion, diarrhea, etc.
- Doctor’s note if you have a metal hip, knee replacement, etc.
Remember! Your carry-on should include your passport, money, toiletries, camera, and a spare set of clothes.
WHEN YOU'RE IN THE AIR
Check-in time for all international flights is three hours prior to departure time. This allows for delays at the security screening units in each terminal. There is no first class fast track through security screening, so get there early to avoid any stress.
INTRA-NEW ZEALAND FLIGHTS
All scheduled and charter flights are subject to unique weight limits that cannot be exceeded for safety reasons. Please ensure your checked duffel bag weighs well under 50 pounds. Be aware that for smaller flights and helicopter rides, the weight limit will be less. If this limit is exceeded, then travelers will be held responsible for the extra costs incurred to upgrade the flight, or may have to leave luggage behind. All flights are subcontracted to independent aviation companies who are entirely responsible, and therefore liable, for all aspects of the flying operation.
First of all, take a deep breath. You’ve already packed a spare set of clothes, your passport, money, and camera in your carry-on. Next, provide your airline with contact and delivery information for your first stop. Let our ground operator there know that your luggage has been lost, and they will track it while you enjoy your stay.
IN CASE YOU MISS US
If your family needs to contact you for emergency reasons while you are away, please have them call the Outside GO office in Santa Fe at (505) 795-7710.
For after hour emergencies, please use the following:
SANDY CUNNINGHAM | (505) 231-0699 | firstname.lastname@example.org
BRITTANY BENGRY | (616) 401-9058 | email@example.com
CHIP CUNNINGHAM | (505) 231-0355 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- When dialing from the United States, the U.S. exit code “011” must be dialed prior to the international number
- When dialing locally within New Zealand, the numbers should be dialed without “64” prior to the number
- When dialing New Zealand from any other country, dial the country exit code (specific to your current location) prior to the number