New Zealand

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.

Bucket list

Whale watching scenic flight

Whale watching scenic flight in Kaikoura

Whale watching scenic flight Since it is a whale-watching season, I thought maybe it is time for me to post about watching the whales from a flight. I have always watched these beautiful gentle giants from a lookout point or from a boat. Up until my visit to Kaikoura, I had never even thought of seeing …

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Waimangu Walk

Guide to visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Rotorua is home for many geothermal parks. A less famous one is the Waimangu Volcanic valley. It is the World’s youngest geothermal valley. The lakes are craters were created due to the Mt. Tarawera volcanic eruption. Please note: This post may contain affiliate links which means I may earn a commission if you make a …

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Lake Waikaremoana Track

Guide to walking the Lake Waikaremoana Track (Great Walk of New Zealand)

Imagine a hiking track which has dense thick forests with a view of turquoise blue lake? Seems like a fairy tale right? Yes, it was a fairy tale for us. It was as though we were living in a fairy tale, we were only lacking the mystical creatures! While searching for multi day hikes and …

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Backpacking in New Zealand - Stewart Island

Travel Guide | Stewart Island (New Zealand’s third biggest island)

Stewart Island is the third biggest island in New Zealand. The island lies about 30 kilometers south of South Island. The best thing about this island is its wildlife and the estimated population of the island is around 400 people, which means less crowd. Please note: This post may contain affiliate links which means I …

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Backpacking in New Zealand

One day in Wanaka!

Anyone who has traveled in New Zealand would be very fond of Wanaka. It’s a beautiful small town. It is in the Otago region of South Island in New Zealand. Note: This post is for budgeted travelers like me. Please note: This post may contain affiliate links which means I may earn a commission if …

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Backpacking in New Zealand

4 line Ziplining!

Queenstown is the place to be if you love adventures and if you are an adventure junkie. Ranging from Bungee jumping to Skydiving to Jetboating, Queenstown has it all. This is definitely my favourite place in New Zealand. The vibe and the air of this place is itself amazing. Please note: This post may contain …

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