By Admin | Last Updated August 28, 2019
New Zealand is an island country in the Southern Hemisphere, southwest of the Pacific Ocean. New Zealand with an area of 268,021 square kilometers comprises of 2 big islands – North and South Island, and almost 600 smaller islands. The country is separated from Australia by the Tasman Sea – a distance of almost 2000 kilometers.
Auckland, with a population of 1,582,028 (2013), is the largest city. Wellington on the North Island is the capital city. The population density in New Zealand is only 15 people per square kilometer, so you will find vast stretches with very few people.
The stunning landscape of the New Zealand is a huge draw. You will find everything – beautiful beaches, geysers, crater lakes, mountain ranges, glaciers, green valleys, Maori culture, and a lot more. As of 2016, tourism contributed 12.9 billion NZ$, which was 5.9% of the GDP that year. In 2018, the country welcomed over 3.8 million foreign visitors.
The indigenous people of New Zealand are called Maoris. The country is remote and geographically far from the rest of the world. This was the reason why it was one of the last lands to be settled in. The Polynesian settlers who arrived here between the years 1250-1300 AD gave birth to the Maori culture here.
New Zealand is a wonderland for travelers because of its natural beauty. A trip to this beautiful country will be a trip of a lifetime. The cities of Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch offer all modern amenities for tourists.
It is said that forecasting the weather in New Zealand is very difficult. The country has a temperate climate. The North Island winters are much milder than those in the South Island. The climatic variations throughout the country are a result of:
You will find higher humidity in the western side of the country than the east. The mountain range running from southwest to northeast is steep. They block wind flow to the east. In South Island, the northern parts are the sunniest and the western coastal region receives a lot of rain.
|City/Town||Average Max Temp in ºC||Average Min Temp in ºC||Average Annual Rainfall in mm|
Citizens of Australia and the UK do not need a tourist visa to enter New Zealand for holiday. There is a list of around 65 countries whose residents do not need any visa as long as their trip duration does not exceed 3 months. However, those with a police record will need to apply for a visa, even if they are from these listed countries.
Most people apply online for a visa to New Zealand. To be eligible for it the requirements include:
Once your visa is processed, the passport will be sent to you with a stamp, or you will get a letter granting you the visa.
New Zealand prohibits visitors from bringing certain types of products with them. These include: drugs, firearms, steroids, articles intended for use in criminal activities and weapons in plain form or disguised. Permits are required to bring in goods like: ivory items, tortoiseshell or sea turtle –shell jewelry, meat or food items made from whales, dolphins, pheasants etc. catskins, animal trophies, carnivorous plants, certain kinds of plants and animals etc. If the bio-security officer finds the goods you are carrying harmless, then they will be returned to you or else you will have to dispose of them. You are allowed:
Since 2015, all airports in New Zealand have stopped charging arrival/departure fees. The fee is now included in the airline ticket price. There is a maximum of 15 NZD charged as airport tax on both arrival and departure.
However, the amount varies slightly from airport to airport. You may end up paying about 30-40 NZD extra to fly in and out of New Zealand.
Routine vaccines including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, Hepatitis A & B vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) vaccine, shingles vaccine, chickenpox vaccine, polio vaccine etc. are to be complete for all tourists travelling to New Zealand.
New Zealand has 2 main islands on which most of the population resides. The cities and urban centers are located here as well.
|Unspoiled Natural Beauty||Human settlement in New Zealand is fairly recent compared to many other countries. The natural beauty is stunning. The sheer variety is impressive. There are beaches, lakes, subtropical forests, mountain ranges, glaciers, volcanoes, green valleys and plains.|
|Unique Flora and Fauna||Much of the nature that you see in New Zealand cannot be seen anywhere else, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. Plants and trees like kauri and nikau palms are indigenous to NZ. Kiwi, the flightless bird, is the national symbol of the country.|
|Maori Culture||Get to know more about the Polynesian settlers and the Maori cultural history. There are many places throughout the country where you can still experience the traditional Maori rituals, their song and dance performances and their food.|
|Outdoor Activities||New Zealand is a country that begs you to step out of your comfort zone and engage with nature. There are some amazing hiking and walking trails all over the country. Cycling is also a good way to connect with nature. Try bungee jumping, parasailing, canoeing, kayaking, snorkelling, diving and more while in NZ.|
|A Safe Country||NZ has just 4.5 million people. It is very easy to step out of the cities and find complete solitude in New Zealand. The crime rate is extremely low. Tourists love this country for the safe environment it gives them to travel freely. Fun Fact – There are no snakes in NZ.|
Remember, New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere. They have summer when the Northern Hemispheric countries (most of the world) have winters and vice versa.
Also, New Zealand is famous for having a variable climate. Kiwis joke that you can experience all four seasons in a day in NZ.To be fair, you can visit any time of the year and find some unique and beautiful experiences. Summer is the peak holiday season.