Famously recognised as the stunning backdrop for “The Lord of the Rings” films, this picturesque destination is a hotspot for filmmakers. Luckily, travellers can do more than enjoy the scenes from their livingroom televisions, New Zealand’s natural beauty can be experienced first-hand by all.
New Zealand residents gladly welcome travellers from across the world. With a wealth of activities and entertainment, New Zealand offers visitors a wide array of experiences from laid-back beaches to adrenaline-pumping adventures.
Although the country offers something for all types of travellers, including families, couples and singles, outdoor enthusiasts will especially feel at-home in this action-packed destination. Tagged as the adrenaline capital of the world, you don’t need more than an open mind and a backpack to visit New Zealand. But to secure utmost peace-of-mind when climbing, bungee-jumping or canyon-swinging, make sure you have travel insurance.
Whether you decide to embark on a New Zealand escapade for thrill-seeking or relaxation, make the most of your visit with the Kiwis with these travel tips.
Quick Travel Notes
Etiquette & Customs: Kiwis are known across the board for their welcoming and accepting nature. To fit in, mind your manners, say please and thank you and get acquainted with the detailed tips in the cultural etiquette section below.
Ecotourism: New Zealand sets the example for social responsibility. The island prides itself in environmental initiatives created to preserve the country’s renowned biodiversity. Eco-conscious visitors will enjoy the country’s vast landscape filled with natural beauty and wildlife and green-friendly tourist attractions like visiting glow worm caves in Waitomo or embark on a Dolphin Eco Experience in the seaside town of Paihia.
Transportation: The best way to take in the sights across the country’s diverse landscape is by car so you can experience the natural beauty and diverse landscapes at your own pace, on your own time. Not a fan of driving? Read on for more transportation tips.
Temperature & Weather: According to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand’s climate is complex and varies from warm subtropical in the far north to cool temperate climates in the far south, with severe alpine conditions in the mountainous areas. Pack according to the regions you plan on visiting.
Do, See & Explore
With so much outdoor splendour, New Zealand’s tourist attractions don’t consist of tangible monuments but rather lifetime experiences. An ideal getaway for thrill-seekers and adventure lovers, backpacking enthusiasts flock to the green hills seeking adrenalin-packed adventures. For those more leisure and relaxation oriented, don’t worry, there’s plenty for you too.
- Adrenalin Junkies: Queenstown is your hub for excitement. Take a 134m leap of faith above the Nevis River where a Nevis Bungy experience awaits.
- Walk-Ins Welcome: Located on the Volcanic Plateau, the city of Rotorua is bursting with geothermal activity as it sits squarely on the Pacific Rim of Fire. Making for a one-of-a-kind spa experience, guests can relax in the therapeutic hot mud pools or thermal hot springs.
- Wine Afficionados: A 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland lies a wine-lovers paradise. Waiheke Island, also known as Wine Island, boasts more than a dozen vineyards among vine-covered hillsides.
- Serenity Seekers: Milford Sound, located within Fiordland National Park, is a must-see destination known for its serene landscape and remarkable natural environment that features dramatic fjords, spectacular waterfalls and snow-capped peaks.
- Climbing Enthusiasts: Daredevils will love the view from atop Fox Glacier located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. For a true ice climbing experience, embark on a heli-ice climbing adventure. Ascend to the top of New Zealand’s highest peaks with a guided tour of the glacier and enjoy the rainforest views from an unbeatable vantage point.
Health & Safety
New Zealand is generally a very safe place to travel with a relatively low crime rate, few endemic diseases and a great healthcare system. However, necessary precautions must be taken to ensure safe travels and a pleasant adventure. Especially in an action-packed city like Queenstown, taking care of your personal safety is a must. Additionally, even in a safe locale like New Zealand, possessions and personal identification can still fall victim to theft or can be misplaced while you’re out having fun. We always recommend the following:
- Make copies of personal documents like your passport and driver licence
- Safeguard all forms of payment like debit and credit cards
- Travel insurance is a must for covering all possible accidents or emergencies while travelling abroad
Getting Around in New Zealand
From volcanoes, glaciers and geothermal activity to awe-inspiring seascapes, pristine beaches and rolling hills, vehicle transport enables travellers to choose their own adventure. Here are some tips for in-country travel:
- Fodor’s suggests booking early if you’re planning on travelling in December and January due to the high-traffic tourist season. The great news is you can use your country’s driver’s licence to rent a vehicle and obtain travel insurance, which also covers your rental vehicle in case of loss, theft or damage (not available under Last Minute cover). Since a large number of New Zealander drivers are uninsured, we don’t recommend driving without it
- With close proximity to Australia, there’s no reason not to travel to beautiful New Zealand. Kiwis openly welcome and embrace Aussie visitors, though you’ll need to ensure you’re equipped with proper entry documentation
Recently ranked among the Top 10 Most Peaceful Countries by the Global Peace Index, the Kiwi kindness and hospitality make New Zealand a great place to visit. Whether you’re bungee-jumping in Queenstown or taking a self-guided “Lord of the Rings” tour; put your mind at ease with proper New Zealand Travel Insurance in case of emergency. Securing your personal safety as well as your personal belongings is essential to enjoying an adventure-packed holiday in beautiful New Zealand.