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* Distances are much further than they look on the map. Driving times are longer than you will expect, and hills and corners make it more tiring.
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* No passenger rail system besides a few tourist trains. Buses not cheap.
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* Some good deals can be got on hire cars, look at the fine print about whether you are allowed to take it on skifield access roads (which are usually rough gravel). Always have chains.
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* In winter some high road passes are closed by snow - take a look at the forecast and check conditions on the day if unsure, see http://www.aaroadwatch.co.nz/index.html
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* Second hand cars are cheap.
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* Petrol slightly more expensive than Australia.
  
 
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Revision as of 22:48, 12 September 2006

Flag of New Zealand New Zealand
Location of New Zealand
Ski Season edit
Ski Areas Broken River

Cardrona
Coronet Peak
Craigieburn
Fox Peak
Hanmer Springs
Invincible
Maunganui
Mount Cheeseman
Mount Dobson
Mount Hutt
Mount Lyford
Mount Olympus
Ohau
Porter Heights
Rainbow
Round Hill
Snow Farm
Snow Park
Tasman Glacier (Heliski)
Temple Basin
The Remarkables
Treble Cone
Tukino, Mount Ruapehu
Turoa, Mount Ruapehu
Whakapapa, Mount Ruapehu

Capital Wellington
41°17′S 174°47′E
Largest city Auckland (1,241,600)2,3
Official language(s) English4, Māori,
New Zealand
Sign Language
Area 268,680 km²
Population  
 - March 2006 est. 4,134,200 (124th in 2005)
 - Density 15/km² (193rd)
39/sq mi 
Currency New Zealand dollar

(NZDConvert
Time zone NZST7 (UTC+12)
Calling code +64
Overview 

New Zealand has proper mountains. There are resorts on the North and South Islands. New Zealand generally has a later season than Australia. It, like anywhere else, can have bad years. The real disadvantage of New Zealand is extremely limited on snow accommodation and some daunting access roads to the resorts.

Climate

North Island New Zealand is not that dissimilar in climate to Southern Australia. Melbourne is the same latitude as Hamilton - just south of Auckland. Mount Ruapehu is the same latitude as Bass Strait (a fact that will become very apparent if you are caught on Ruapehu in a storm!) Christchurch is further south than Hobart, and the rest of the South Island equates with Patagonia. Christchurch has a similar average winter temperature to Canberra, with much more frequent snow, but gets fewer frosts. In winter the North Island main cities can reach the high teens or even low twenties on a warm day. The chief difference between the two countries is the amount of rainfall, which is extreme on the West Coast of the South Island. The central mountains get this rainfall in the form of snow. The mountain areas are quite varied in their climate, and the wind direction they get most of their snow from. Hence there is usually somewhere with good snow, even in an overall "bad year", and somewhere that misses out, even in a "good year". The secret is to be flexible and open minded in where you are going, and when.

Snow Areas

The mountains of the South Island (the Southern Alps) were created by relatively recent tectonic uplift of sedimentary rock, hence they are steep rocky peaks, the biggest being Aoraki/Mount Cook (3754m). The North Island was not subjected to such extreme uplift, but the central North Island has a few large active volcanoes, the biggest being Mount Ruapehu (2797m). There are two main ski areas on Mount Ruapehu, Whakapapa and Turoa, both large skifields which attract large crowds from the North Island cities. The South Island has a string of skifields right down the eastern side of the mountains with the biggest commercial resorts being near Christchurch and Queenstown but lots of others dotted down the island, making a road trip a good concept. There are multi-mountain season passes available. "Chill" sells season passes to all the club fields (see later) and there are season passes to Mt Hutt, Coronet and Remakables. Whakapapa and Turoa are owned by the same company and their season passes are really cheap.

Getting There

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Visas and Documentation

Australians do not need visas to visit or work in New Zealand.

Airports

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Customs and Quarantine

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Cultural Info

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National Holidays

  • New Years Day and 2 January (or nearest weekdays)
  • Waitangi Day, 6 February
  • Easter (Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Monday), exact dates vary.
  • ANZAC day, 25 April
  • Queen's Birthday, first Monday in June
  • Labour Day, 4th Monday in October
  • Xmas Day and Boxing Day (or nearest weekdays)
  • Plus one regional public holiday, date depending on the region.
  • School holidays in April, July and Sept/Oct, with minor variation.

Transport

  • Distances are much further than they look on the map. Driving times are longer than you will expect, and hills and corners make it more tiring.
  • No passenger rail system besides a few tourist trains. Buses not cheap.
  • Some good deals can be got on hire cars, look at the fine print about whether you are allowed to take it on skifield access roads (which are usually rough gravel). Always have chains.
  • In winter some high road passes are closed by snow - take a look at the forecast and check conditions on the day if unsure, see http://www.aaroadwatch.co.nz/index.html
  • Second hand cars are cheap.
  • Petrol slightly more expensive than Australia.

Food and Drink

Generally, you would think you were in Australia.

Typical NZ foods to enjoy include seafood and freshwater game fish, whitebait (tiny native fish - a delicacy) venison, lamb, kumera (NZ sweet potato). Wine is excellent, especially sauvignon blanc and pinot noir. Beers are also very good, especially small local breweries.

Technology and Networks

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Taxes

A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 12.5% applies. Unlike Australia, there is no traveller scheme which allows visitors to claim the GST-component of purchases back on exiting the country.

Currently no stamp duty on land purchases, or capital gains tax.

Credit Cards

You would think you were in Australia.

Tipping

You would think you were in Australia.

Health and Safety

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Emergency Numbers

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Medical Centers

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Natural Disasters

Very occasional volcanic eruption, the odd earthquake and everytime they beat the Wallabies at Union or Kangaroos at League.

Crime

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Resources