Language: English is the most commonly spoken language in New Zealand and almost the entire nation is either native or proficiently fluent as a second language. Māori and New Zealand Sign Language are the other two official languages of New Zealand.
Currency: The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD).
1 USD is equivalent to about 1.54 NZD (2022).
1 EUR is equivalent to about 1.65 NZD (2022).
Additionally, it’s very common to use a credit card for most purchases, so cash won’t be needed as much. ATMs are also fairly common and accessible. That being said, debit cards aren’t always as readily accepted.
Gratuity: In general, tipping is not expected in New Zealand. Even in restaurants and bars. It’s fairly uncommon to tip unless you’ve received exceptional service, like a stellar concierge at your hotel. That being said, I don’t think anyone will be offended if you feel their service warranted some additional gratuity.
Travel Plug Adapter: In New Zealand the power plugs and sockets are of Type I. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz.
Side of the Road: Left.
Safety: New Zealand is often rated one of the most peaceful, least corrupt nations in the world. Crime rates are extremely low and the little crime that does exist is mainly petty theft, like bag snatching. That being said, always be mindful of your surroundings, do your research about your destinations ahead of time, and always be prepared.
New Zealand is a great destination to visit because it truly feels like there is something for everyone. Especially if you love adventure traveling. From snow-capped mountains and smoking volcanoes to black sand beaches and Hobbiton, you will enjoy yourself exploring both the north and south islands. Just don’t forget to go Zorbing – it’s my favorite thing to do in New Zealand.
Māori culture is a rich and varied one and is an integral part of the tapestry of the New Zealand experience. A trip wouldn’t be complete without really honoring their traditions as they honor theirs by welcoming their guests and providing amazing hospitality.
New Zealand is the perfect location to visit for solo or group travel, and as a first-time traveler or a more seasoned traveler. The locals are nice, but a bit more on the quiet side. Follow the laws and you’ll be just fine. In general, the tourism industry is active and ready for your visit.
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