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The Hospitality Club is the world's largest hospitality exchange organization. We are thousands of friendly members world wide who offer each other free accommodation when traveling. Membership is free and joining just takes a minute - we would love to have you onboard!

Travel Guide for New_Zealand

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about New_Zealand that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main New_Zealand Page.

Basic Facts

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Official Country Name: Aotearoa - New Zealand
Capital: Whanganui a Tara - Wellington
Population: 4 million
Telephone Code: 64
Time Zone: + 12 GMT
Area: 268,860 sq km
Language(s): Maori English
Ethnic Groups:
Highest Mountain: Aoraki - Mt Cook
President/Head of State: John Key - up to 2008 was Ms Helen Clark, Prime Minister
Currency: $NZ
Exchange Rate: US$1= $NZ 0.65c
Health Risks: Electricity: Weights & Measu ... more

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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Google maps include street view and other photos and public transport in most cities for 1:50,000 maps showing public land and access
1:50,000 maps can also be downloaded free at, but they are large files and over 200 cover the country

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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I tried to put this into getting around, but it didn't work, but trains and bikes are off the beaten path.
Train - only Auckland and Wellington have local trains. TranzScenic has daily trains Auckland - Wellington (weekends only in winter), Wellington - (ferry) - Picton - Christchurch (suspended till 15/8/2011) and Christchurch - Greymouth. They are usually slower than buses, but more comfortable.
Bicycle - most cities have started on providing cycle lanes. Most roads have hard shoulde ... more

Suggested Itineraries

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1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...


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Getting there and away
As New Zealand is surrounded by water, the only way to get here is by air or sea - there are no overland crossings
Getting around by Air
Air New Zealand is the main domestic carrier
Getting around by Bus
Northliner has the best deals for getting around Northland / Auckland / Rotorua
Getting around by Train
Getting around ... more


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Handy website with all motor camps in New Zealand mapped, with contact details, photos and reviews.

New Zealand Freedom Camping information
Currently a hot issue in New Zealand - this a government website aimed at informing the campervan traveller the current rules of where/how to camp.

New Zealand Camping Guide ... more

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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Local Specialties
Hangi - Traditional Maori cooking
Kumara - Maori sweet potato
L & P - Lemon and Paeroa - a non alcoholic drink made with Lemon and mineral water from Paeroa

Restaurants, Supermarkets, Street Food, ...

Money and Costs

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Currency, Exchanging Money, Credit Cards, Tipping, Bargaining, Costs...

Visa and Documents and Embassies

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Who needs a visa? How to get it? Embassies & Consulates, of the country abroad and in the country

Borders and Customs

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Do not bring fruit into the country - you will get slapped with a $200 fine and not allowed to keep the apple. This has happened to Hillary Swank and stephan1979

Post and Communications and Internet

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Questions and Answers or Forum

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Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories above. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospi ... more

Hospitality Club Meetings

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Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.


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Have you written a story about a trip to this country? Just paste your text in here and share your experience with other members.


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Here you can include photos that are hosted somewhere on the internet. As with maps, you have to make sure that it is ok for us to use the photos here (so they should be either your photos, or you should ask the owner), and that it is allright to call them up from here.

Activities and Sports

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Nightlife and Entertainment

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Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Population and People

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Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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Language and Useful Phrases

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Maori - English
kia ora - hello, good health
ka kite - See you
ka kite ano - See you again
pakeha - non-Maori person
whanau - family
kai - food
marae - place for Maori functions, like a community centre

NZ English - English
jandals - flip flops
rubbish - trash / garbage
motorway - freeway
wop wops - isolated part of the country
bach - small holiday home, pronounced "batch"
tramping - hiking
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Events and Holidays

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National Public Holidays
6 February - Waitangi Day
March / April - Easter - dates change from year to year
25 April - ANZAC Day
June - first Monday of the month - Queens Birthday Weekend
October - usually 4th Monday - Labour Weekend
25 December - Christmas Day
26 December - Boxing Day

Climate and When to Go

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Environment and Flora and Fauna

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Dangers and Warnings

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Tourist Traps

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Government and Politics

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GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...


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Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...


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Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...


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Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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i have found this website great for finding part time and temp work and as a resource - Seasonal Jobs New Zealand

Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

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New Zealand Travel Guide (L) 

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in New Zealand (L)

External Links

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New Zealand Facts (L)

Seven Wonders of New Zealand (L)

Offtopic Messages

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Here you can add messages that are not exactly related to the aims of the Hospitality Club (but related to the country). Do you need a visa invitation? Looking for an internship, job or a flat to rent? Just add this here, and if you are lucky other members will read it and contact you. Remember: do not send messages like this directly to members - after giving you this space here, we will fight spam even more strictly!
Disclaimer: The Hospitality Club has no control over the information above and accepts no responsibility for any loss, injury or inconvenience sustained by anyone using this website. Please correct false information or send us feedback about it.
Copyright: Feel free to use the text on your website as long as you notify us and include a clearly visible link to above the text.

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