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A visa is not required for stays of less than 3 months, if you are an Australian citizen, if you are from the UK or from a country that has an agreement with the New Zealand government.
You just need to be in possession of a passport and valid return airline return tickets.
You must also be able to prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself (about 1,000 New Zealand dollars per month per person).


No vaccinations are required to enter the country.
It is nevertheless advisable for adults and children to have all their vaccinations updated:
Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and Diphtheria-tetanus-poliomyelitis (DTP).
A flu vaccine is recommended for all travellers over the age of 6 months and those at risk (children, adults over 65 years old…).
Finally, it is recommended for people over 65 years old to have the pneumococcal vaccine.

In order to protect yourself from the Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses, protect yourself from mosquito bites by wearing appropriate clothing and using repellents.
If you are bringing medication, make sure you have your prescription with you.
Check with your insurance provider that you have accident and illness cover.


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The currency used in New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar (NZD)
The New Zealand currency is the New Zealand Dollar.
1USD = 1.39 NZD*
* Exchange rate provided as a guideline only

Where can you change your money?
You can change your money at airports, banks and some hotels or bureaux de change located in the centre of large towns and cities.
You can change your money in international banks and airports.

Tipping is not compulsory in New Zealand, but it is still common practice. You choose the amount. Hotels and restaurants in New Zealand do not include any service charges on the bill.



To get around New Zealand, you can rent a car or a van. Remember that you drive on the left. To drive, you need to be at least 21 years old and be in possession of a valid driving licence that's either national (translated by an embassy or consulate) or international.
The bus is the cheapest way to travel around New Zealand. There are two main companies that stop in lots of places on both islands. Passes allow you unlimited travel over set routes or durations. To get from North Island to South Island, you'll need to catch the ferry. It crosses between Wellington and Picton, in both directions, with two companies. Departures are all day long.
Flying is the fastest way to travel between New Zealand's major cities. Companies can offer very competitive prices.
New Zealand has three train lines that connect a small number of cities. The journeys are long but travel through impressive landscapes.

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For an emergency (fire service, police, ambulance: 111 (free call from a landline or mobile)


English is spoken in New Zealand.
Maori, a Polynesian dialect, is another official language of the country.

A few phrases to remember :

Hello: Hello or Gooday (informal) Kia ora (Maori).
Goodbye: Good-bye
Thank you: Thank you or Ta (informal) or Cheers (informal)
Toilets: bathrooms or loo (informal)

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As of 12 November 2014, this visa facilitation covers the following countries

Afghanistan ; Albania ; Argentina ; Bahrain ; Bangladesh ; Benin ; Botswana ; Brazil ; Brunei ; Burkina Faso ; Burma (Myanmar) ; Chad ; Cambodia ; China ; Colombia ; Comoros ; Congo ; Cuba ; Djibouti ; Dominican Republic ; Ecuador ; Egypt ; Equatorial Guinea ; El Salvador ; Ethiopia ; Fiji ; Gabon ; Guinea ; Haiti ; Hong Kong ; Iran ; Iraq ; India ; Ivory Coast ; Jamaica ; Kuwait ; Laos ; Lebanon ; Libya ; Macedonia ; Madagascar ; Malaysia ; Mali ; Mauritania ; Mauritius ; Mexico ; Mongolia ; Morocco ; Nepal ; New Zealand ; Niger ; Oman ; Pakistan ; Panama ; Papua New Guinea ; Paraguay ; Peru ; Qatar ; Saint Lucia ; Salvador ; Senegal ; Serbia ; Seychelles ; Singapore ; South Africa ; South Korea ; Sudan ; Surinam ; Taiwan ; Tanzania ; Thailand ; Togo ; Tunisia ; Turkmenistan ; Uganda ; Uruguay ; Vanuatu ; Venezuela ; Yemen ; Zimbabwe