You have booked a trip to New Zealand? Great! I am happy for you. Now it is time to prepare and later on pack. Here is little guide to help you get ready for your trip to New Zealand. Enjoy your trip!
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GET YOUR PLAN TOGETHER
Iceland is way bigger than most people imagine. Be careful to plan enough time. To help getting your tour ready, check out my post about planning your trip to New Zealand.
Well, this one is easy, they do speak English!
I strongly recomment you go enjoy some good stories about the Kiwi slang from Young Adventuress and then come back to this page 🙂 . Below are some useful slang words if you want to try blending in:
- Kia Ora - Maori greeting
- they love using 'heaps'
- sweet as - good, OK, cool
- Kiwi - New Zealander
- dunny - toilet, bathroom
- dairy - corner store
- tramping - hiking
- banger - sausage
- brekkie - breakfast
- Barbie - Barbecue
- L&P - sweet soft drink Lemon&Paeroa
CLOTHES & other things to pack
Layers, especially in South island
- wind shell,
- rain coat
- Hat, gloves, leggin (especially if you are camping)
- Good hiking shoes and hiking equipment
In the pharmacy
- Motion sickness pill for the ferry crossing and boat to swim with dolphins
- Sun cream (ozone layer hole)
Extra to consider
- Fly net & insect repellent (for west coast of South Island)
- Mask at your eyesight to swim with dolphin
New Zealand is magical. You can’t help but take hundreds of pictures of the same things. It is THAT beautiful.
So here are major things not to forget
- Extra batteries
- Extra memory cards
- Rain protection
- Underwater gear if you plan on swimming with dolphins
- Tripod for those magical landscapes and for night photography
MONEY: currency, tipping
- Currency: New Zealand Dollar
- Tipping: not customary - reward excellent service only
- Paying: ATM and credit card payment available almost everywhere
FOOD & BEVERAGES: what to expect
- Tap water is good to drink. it is one of the cleanest in the world
- New Zealanders do enjoy beer
- There is an important coffee and coffee shop culture especially in Wellington
- The wine industry is well developped. New Zealand is especially known for its Sauvignon Blanc (minimum purchase age is 18, minor can drink alcohol if supplied by parent or legal guardian)
- L & P or Lemon & Paeroa is a local sweet lemonade
- Fish and chips is a speciality, although I found the frying not to my taste
- Seafood and fish are fresh and excellent
- There are lots of fast food restaurants. And in small town, burger and chips might be all you can find
New Zealand is all in length so the climate vary greatly between the North and the South islands, especially as the latest is covered with high mountains. Here are few things to know:
- There are 4 distinct seasons with cold winter and warmish summers, beautiful autumn foliage and colorful springs
- Summers climb to 20-25 decC at water level and winter drop to 5-10 decC
- Rainfall and humidity is higher in the west than the east of the country
- It can get very windy, especially in the Center through Cook Strait
- Weather can change very quickly. Check out the forecast and plan for change before starting a long hike. Even a day hike... on the day of the Tongariro crossing, it was blue sky and sun at the bottom and extremely windy and very cold at the highest point of the hike
OTHER USEFUL INFO TO KNOW
- Wifi: available at many coffee shops, often expensive - free at all town libraries
- Visa: don't forget to check if you need a visa!
- Electricity: 111
- Emergency numbers: 111
- New Zealand has strong quarantine laws. Do not bring food
- Departure from Wellington, Christchurch or Queenstown airports: payment of a NZ$25 departure tax. Flights out of Auckland include the fee in the ticket price
Want to see more of NEW ZEALAND?
Discover more things to do with planning information and photos in my online New Zealand Travel Guide.
Don’t hesitate to share more advice or ask questions in the comments below
Enjoy your trip!