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Planning a trip to New Zealand? Wondering where to go, when and how to get there? This guide on how to plan a trip to New Zealand is a great place to start. Follow this New Zealand travel advice, and you will see how easy it is to travel to New Zealand. This guide will be a full introduction for anyone who only thinks about making the dream of a trip to New Zealand reality. We will take a closer look at what to consider when planning a trip, linking with a wealth of information if you really want to delve into our New Zealand travel advice.

About New Zealand 

New Zealand consists of two main islands, North Island and South Island, as well as a series of small islands around. For example, Stewart Island and Waiheke Island are among the most popular.

North Island is famous for its beautiful beaches, snow-covered volcanoes, Wellington City and small islands close enough for you to enjoy a day trip there.

South Island is famous for fjords, mountains, and glaciers, wildlife, Christchurch city and Queenstown.

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When is the best time to visit New Zealand 

Compared to North America and Europe, the reverse seasons are there. So let me explain it this way:

Summer (December to February) - temperature ~ 25 C (77 F), but it is a very busy time due to holidays

Fall (March to May) - beautiful autumn, few tourists but may be cold

Winter (June to August) - the days are short and quite cold (about 10C or 50F), but hey, it's skiing time!

Spring (September to November) - fewer tourists, you may get some great weather, but you may also be unlucky.

The best months to come to New Zealand are considered January and February. I honestly thought it would be great to visit in November because it was warm, but still not too crowded.

new zealand weather

How long should you stay in New Zealand 

If you're from a far away place, that's the case for most people (unless you're from Australia), I recommend staying at least two weeks.

Three weeks is even better - that's how much time I've explored the country, and I feel like it's right. I divided my time into one week for North Island and two weeks for South Island. This seems to be a popular choice for tourists.

However, if you have more time, there is a lot of work to do on both islands. So, in total, if you have time, your vacation can easily be 4 or even five weeks. You won't run out of things to do and visit, so don't worry! 

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What do you need to bring with you to New Zealand 

Do you need a visa to visit New Zealand 

A tourist visa is activated automatically when entering New Zealand for most countries. This usually allows visitors to stay up to three months. Other popular visa options to stay in New Zealand are longer holiday visas and student visas.

Currency 

New Zealand currency is New Zealand Dollar (New Zealand). There are many ATMs in towns and cities where you can withdraw cash. Credit cards will also be accepted in most places, however, there is a small fee for each credit card transaction. If you stay in New Zealand for a few months, you will save a lot of money by opening a New Zealand bank account. 

Ways to get around New Zealand  

How to make a New Zealand
There is no right or wrong way to get around New Zealand. It depends on your personal style, budget and experiences you want to get rid of. This is your choice:

Buy your car or campervan 
Used cars and campervans are easy to buy and sell in New Zealand. They offer maximum freedom to travel anywhere you want but risk buying a lemon. They can work very effectively if you plan to stay in New Zealand for a while.

new zealand campervan

National Coaches 

This is a cheap way to travel from A to B. Buses make up the largest public transport network in New Zealand.

New Zealand National Coaches

Hop-on Hop-off Buses 

This is a bus tour on a route set with the option of departing at any point as long as you want. You choose when you go to the activities you want to book in advance.

Bus Tours
This is a structured tour around New Zealand that often has food and accommodation. It is a non-stressful way to travel the country with others.

Domestic Flights
Although not as popular as other countries, domestic flights in New Zealand are just a good idea to travel between islands or long distances.

Trains
The train network in New Zealand is very limited but creates a beautiful experience.

new zealand trains

How to budget your trip to New Zealand 

Be honest here, New Zealand is not one of the cheapest countries in the world and you should carefully estimate your budget before going so as not to be surprised when traveling between trips.

Remember, if you will just stay in your tent and cook your own food, the price will be significantly lower than you would eat at a restaurant, stay in a hotel and take helicopter trips.


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