Useful Information

Geography

New Zealand is located in the South Pacific between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, between latitude 35 and 45 degrees south, approximately 1200 miles to the east of Australia. New Zealand has a temperate climate with relatively high rainfall, green rolling hills in the North Island and majestic mountains, lakes and fiords in the South Island. 

Healthcare

New Zealand’s public and private medical and hospital facilities provide a high standard of treatment and care. Medical services are not free to visitors. Travel and health insurance for delegates and partners is strongly recommended. 

Government and Politics

New Zealand is a politically stable country governed under Westminster style democracy, with free elections held every three years. The quality of goods and services – as well as food and beverage within New Zealand – is exceptionally high, with New Zealand wines, dairy produce, meat and horticultural products having a well deserved reputation for excellence.

Money Matters

New Zealand currency comprises of New Zealand dollars and cents. Major international credit cards are accepted throughout New Zealand. Trading bank hours are 9.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Most banks have a selection of branches that are also open on Saturdays, with some open on Sundays too. Banking facilities are available at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch International Airports.

Travellers cheques can be issued and cashed at banks, and also at bureaux de change, hotels and shops in cities and towns. There are over 3,500 ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) in New Zealand, accessible 24 hours a day. Credit cards with international debit and credit plans can access New Zealand ATM machines.

Visas 

Visitors from over 50 countries are waived from the requirement of having a visa for stays of less than three months. For further information about visas please visit: www.immigration.govt.nz

Electricity

Electricity supply 230/240 volts, 50 hertz (USA voltage is 110 volts). Most hotels and motels provide 110 volt AC sockets (rated at 20 watts). New Zealand and Australia use the same type of three-pin plug.
Adapters are available from airport and electronic shops. Step-down transformers are required for US appliances (except most laptop computers). These are available from electronic shops in New Zealand. Note: hairdryers and irons are available in most hotels.

Safety & Security

Trip Atlas has ranked New Zealand as the World’s safest country to visit. TripAtlas.com is the World’s Largest Online Travel Resource and reaches millions of international travelers each year.
Yahoo! Voice also voted New Zealand to be the safest place in the world by, quote “New Zealand. Bottom line, you can walk almost anywhere at night. Zero litter, no graffiti, and no vandalism are some of the first things tourists notice when they arrive. The government does a good job of monitoring crime.

Violence is seldom heard of ”The “Land of the Long White Cloud” boasts rolling green hills, impressive mountains and icy glaciers.

New Zealand is home to modern, multicultural cities, and its thriving Maori community is active in all facets of society. New Zealand is considered one of the World’s safest countries thanks in part to Kiwi society’s high respect for human rights and lack of hostility toward foreigners, along with the low risk of political instability and internal conflict.