NEW ZEALAND (NZ)

New Zealand (NZ) is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean. The country is mainly divided into two main islands – North Island and South Island. The country is famous for its volcanic mountains and the beautiful dreamy landscapes.

  • Capital city: Wellington
  • Main language spoken: English, Maori
    • Basic Greetings: Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening, Good night, Hello and Good bye.
    • Maori Basic Greetings: Ata marie/Morena (Good Morning), Kia Ora (Greetings)
  • Currency: New Zealand dollar
    • Forex Exchange: Currency can be exchanged at any international airports
  • Tourist visa: Visa is required to enter NZ (latest information can be found on NZ Immigration website)
    • Things you can carry into NZ: The customs or the border protection is very strict in NZ (ensure all things including souvenirs are declared correctly)
  • Best time to visit: November to March
  • Adapter required (power points): Angled two or three pin plugs (same as Australia)
  • SIM: Spark NZ is the common provider and they can be bought at any international airports
  • Driving licence: International unexpired valid driving licence is required

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Flights

  • Jetstar and Air New Zealand run frequent flights between Australia and New Zealand.
  • Jetstar is definitely the most economical airline.

Accommodation

Budgeted stay in Australia & New Zealand
Why I love hostels? For a regular traveler like me, I prefer staying at hostels because: They are cheap (sometimes
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Jucy Snooze Christchurch
I stumbled upon Jucy Snooze pods while researching for hostels near Christchurch airport. And I must say it is definitely
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Food & Night life

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Local Transportation

Transportation: Christchurch International Airport to Hostel
I landed in Christchurch at around 1 AM. I was worried that my only options to get to my hostel
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Hikes or Walks

Lake Waikaremoana Hike
I have decided to do more of multi day hikes. So, while searching for more walks in Australia and New
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Mt Iron loop walk!
If you want panoramic views of Lake Wanaka and Wanaka town, Mt Iron Summit is definitely the place to be.
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Mt John – South Summit Walk
Tekapo is a small town located in the inland South Island in New Zealand. One of the must dos when
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Tasman Glacier View & Blue Lake Walk
There are plenty of walks in Mt Cook. The walks that provide spectacular views of the snow capped mountains. But
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Tongariro National Park
Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in the North Island of New Zealand, which was formed in the
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Things to do

4 line Ziplining!
Queenstown is the place to be if you love adventures and if you are an adventure junkie. Ranging from Bungee
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I became a dwarf 😛
I am one of those few people in the world who has never understood or read the series of Lord
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Jump, jump and jump!
All of my special occasions are very well planned – Always! And it was time for me to plan something
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Lake Waikaremoana Hike
I have decided to do more of multi day hikes. So, while searching for more walks in Australia and New
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Stewart Island – Complete guide
Stewart Island is the third biggest island in New Zealand. The island lies about 30 kilometers south of South Island.
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Swimming with dusky dolphins 🐬 
‘I can manage in the ocean’ I said. ‘I am not sure, the sea is moderate today and we are
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Rotorua is home for many geothermal parks. A less famous one is the Waimangu Volcanic valley. It is the World’s
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Free things to do

Mt Iron loop walk!
If you want panoramic views of Lake Wanaka and Wanaka town, Mt Iron Summit is definitely the place to be.
Read more.
Mt John – South Summit Walk
Tekapo is a small town located in the inland South Island in New Zealand. One of the must dos when
Read more.
Tasman Glacier View & Blue Lake Walk
There are plenty of walks in Mt Cook. The walks that provide spectacular views of the snow capped mountains. But
Read more.
Tongariro National Park
Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in the North Island of New Zealand, which was formed in the
Read more.

City guides/Itineraries

1 day in Wanaka!
Anyone who has traveled in New Zealand would be very fond of Wanaka. It’s a beautiful small town. It is
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3 days itinerary in Kaikoura
Kaikoura is a beautiful coastal town on the South Island of New Zealand. It is about 3 hours drive from
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Backpacking in South Island!
I have been to New Zealand many times before. Its a beautiful country and my most favourite country as well,
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Half a day in Dunedin
I must admit I underestimated Dunedin. I did not expect it to be a big city which has many things
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My first self-driven road trip
When my friend Akshatha and I decided to do a road trip, I was excited, but was super nervous. This
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Stewart Island – Complete guide
Stewart Island is the third biggest island in New Zealand. The island lies about 30 kilometers south of South Island.
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My stories

How do you open a fuel tank?
My friend Akshatha and I had hired a car in Auckland. We had driven about 300+ kilometres from Auckland to
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Postcard (second) from Kaikoura 💕
I have loved the stars and the night so fiercely to be worried and scared of the darkness. It’s the
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Postcard from Kaikoura!
Solo travels are fun and enjoyable – no doubt about that, But there are times where a journey and travel
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Queenstown, I love you!
I believe in fairy tales. Queenstown is a place that comes straight from a fairy tale. And I am in
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The first time I asked for a drop!
After walking for almost 2 kilometres in Mt Cook (New Zealand), I realised I cannot keep walking for another 10
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