Before visiting New Zealand, here’s what you should know:
What it’s like to visit New Zealand each season
March – May (Autumn)
- Fewer tourists
- Average temperatures: 15 – 21C
- Shortened days with daylight savings beginning
June – August (Winter)
- Ski fields are busy
- Average temperatures: 12 – 16C (North Island), 8 – 14C (South Island).
- Short days
- More winter markets, rugby games
September – November (Spring)
- Fewer tourists
- Average temperatures: 16 – 20C
- Longer days with daylight savings beginning
December – February (Summer)
- Peak tourists
- Average temperatures: 20 – 25C
- Long days
- More festivals, concerts, and cricket games
Travelling by Car
– Road rules
You must drive on the left hand side of the road in New Zealand by law. New Zealand Police travel regularly through the common highways, so keep yourself safe by following the rules and you’ll avoid a hefty fine.
– Snow chains
If you’re heading up the ski fields for the New Zealand winter, you must put chains on your car tyres before heading up. You’ll usually see some locals all putting theirs on together, reach out to someone nearby if you haven’t done it before. Kiwis are friendly, and definitely wouldn’t hesitate to help.
– Rest stops
On Kiwi roads, depending on how remote you are, there are normally regular rest stops for you to grab a bite, stop for lunch or go to the bathroom. In smaller towns you should come across at least one petrol/gas station, cafe and set of public toilets.
Language: Primarily English speaking
Currency: New Zealand Dollar NZD
Tipping: Not very common
Tap water: Safe to consume
Emergency number: 111
Telephone country code: +64
Plan your Itinerary early
If you’re traveling in peak season (Summer), book your activities and attractions in advance to avoid cues and save money.