Country Information for New Zealand
New Zealand’s climate is largely similar to that of the UK, though with more distinct seasons. The sub-tropical north enjoys a more Mediterranean climate, and the far south more like the west of Ireland or Scotland. Their winter is from June to August, with summer from December to February. In the Southern Alps the weather is more extreme and can be very changeable.
New Zealand is 11, 12 or 13 hours ahead of the UK, depending on the time of year and daylight saving hours.
The currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). ATMs are common throughout New Zealand and credit cards are widely accepted. Travellers cheques are generally easy to change.
A three-month visa is granted on arrival for UK passport holders – visitors should have a passport with at least six months validity remaining, plus plenty of spare pages.
New Zealand enjoys a reciprocal health agreement with the UK, meaning UK nationals who live in the UK and are on a short-term visit to New Zealand are eligible for immediately necessary healthcare under the health system on the same basis as New Zealand citizens. You should show your UK passport when required. Please note that this does not negate the need for fully comprehensive travel insurance.
You should contact your GP around 8 weeks prior to travel to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventative measures. The Foreign Commonwealth Office and NHS Fit For Travel websites also carry up-to-date medical information.
We can arrange Discover the World insurance which covers you for any included activity. Please refer to your price guidelines for the current costs. If you choose not to take our insurance please ensure you notify us of your insurance company, your policy number and 24 hour contact number. We advise taking out insurance when you pay your first non-refundable deposit.
The sun in New Zealand is extremely strong due to depleted ozone levels in the atmosphere and groups should ensure they take appropriate care, including the regular use of suncream, hats and sunglasses. You should also take care to stay well hydrated.
Our New Zealand Risk Assessment has further information on staying safe.
The emergency services contact number in New Zealand is 111.