Category:New Zealand

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Ski Areas Broken River

Coronet Peak
Fox Peak
Hanmer Springs
Mount Cheeseman
Mount Dobson
Mount Hutt
Mount Lyford
Mount Olympus
Porter Heights
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
 - March 2006 est. 4,134,200 (124th in 2005)
 - Density 15/km² (193rd)
39/sq mi 
Currency New Zealand dollar

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

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.


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


Visas and Documentation

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



Customs and Quarantine


Cultural Info


National Holidays

New Years Day and 2 January Waitangi Day, 6 February Easter, varies ANZAC day, 25 April Queen's Birthday, first Monday in June Labour Day, 4th Monday in October Xmas Day and Boxing Day Plus one local public holiday, date depending on the region. School holidays in April, July and Sept/Oct.



Food and Drink

You would think you were in Australia.

Technology and Networks



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.


You would think you were in Australia.

Health and Safety


Emergency Numbers


Medical Centers


Natural Disasters

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