Category:New Zealand

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Flag of New Zealand New Zealand
Location of New Zealand
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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

New Zealand is not that dissimilar in climate to Southern Australia and even in winter most of the main cities can reach the high teens or low twenties on a warm day. Obviously the further south you go the colder it gets. On average if NZ is having a great season Australia is having a shocker and vice versa.

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.

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

Waitangi Day, 6 February

Transport

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Food and Drink

You would think you were in Australia.

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