Travel tips: New Zealand

Heading out from home? We’ve gathered some tips to make sure your trip is the smoothest it can be.

About New Zealand

New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country has two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. It has a total land area of 268,000 square kilometres.

Using debit and credit card

Do I need cash in New Zealand, or can I use my card everywhere?

Cards are accepted almost everywhere. Take a small amount of cash on you just in case.

What currency do they use here?

The currency here is New Zealand dollar. The symbol is $ or NZD.

Which ATM’s can I use for free?

Free withdrawals at these ATMs.

  • Westpac

If I want cash, how much should I take out of an ATM?

40 NZD should be enough for a few days, since you can use your card for nearly everything.

Should I choose local currency or Euros when paying?

If you’re asked to choose between local currency and Euros, always choose local currency.

Staying connected

Can I roam, or should I get a local SIM?

Most EU mobile plans will charge you for roaming.

Wifi is readily available, especially in coffee shops.

If you want to get a local SIM card, you can learn about your options here.

Useful things to know

How does tipping work?

Tipping is not expected here. If you recieve exceptional service, you can consider leaving a 10% tip.

How much does a 0.5L beer cost?

€ 4,60

How much does an average meal cost?

€ 10,50

What’s the emergency number?

111

What type of plug do they use?

This one! It’s the standard Australian plug.

What side of the road do they drive on?

They drive on the left side of the road here.

How do I navigate my way around?

Google and Apple Maps both work well here.

Otherwise, we recommend Rome2Rio as the best way to find out how to get anywhere. It even tells you the cost of each option.

Any other good tips?

Make sure you visit the movie set from Lord of the Rings.


If you’ve been to New Zealand share your experience! The following would be really useful for others to know:

  • Which ATMs are free to use or was there a fee? 
  • Any other info you think may be useful.

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