Travelling to New Zealand
Air New Zealand is New Zealand's national carrier and has many scheduled services into Auckland, the international gateway to New Zealand. To view schedules, please visit: www.airnewzealand.co.nz
Passports and Visas
For information on requirements for traveling to New Zealand please visit www.immigration.govt.nz or talk to your local travel agent.
All visitors to New Zealand must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the intended stay in New Zealand.
Citizens of some countries must obtain a Visitor's Visa. Visa information and the visa application form are available on: www.immigration.govt.nz.
If you require a Visitor's Visa, please allow at least 5-6 weeks for processing
If you are a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, you do not need to apply for a visa to visit New Zealand but you must:
- Hold a valid ticket from New Zealand to a country where you have the right of entry
- Have sufficient money to support yourself during your stay in New Zealand
- Hold a passport valid for 3 months beyond the date you intend leaving New Zealand
- Remain in New Zealand only for the time granted on your arrival
Essential New Zealand Travel Smartphone App
The free Essential New Zealand travel app from Tourism New Zealand is available from the App Store and Google play. Make the most of your stay without the need for an internet connection.
Information on New Zealand | handy tips to help plan your journey.
New Zealand's unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). Coins have values of .10, .20 and .50 cents, $1 and $2; notes have values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought in or taken out of New Zealand. However, every person who carries more than NZ$10,000 in cash in or out of New Zealand is required to complete a Border Cash Report.
Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, some hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks, which are found at international airports and most city centres.
All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand. Travellers Cheques are accepted at hotels, banks and some stores.
How much will it cost?
Here is a general guide of what you can expect to pay in New Zealand for a few common items (approx):
Hotel breakfast NZ$10- $35
Espresso coffee NZ$3.50 – $6.00
Cafe lunch NZ$10 – $25
Dinner (three-course, no wine) NZ$20 – $70.
No vaccinations are required to enter New Zealand
While the sun will (hopefully!) shine most days, October is Spring for New Zealand, so remember to bring a warm jacket as temperatures can range from 12 to 22 degrees celsius at this time of year.
Refer to this handy time zone converter to check the local time in New Zealand.
Electricity / Voltage
New Zealand electricity runs at 230/240 volts (50 hertz). Many accommodation options also have 110 volt AC sockets for use with electric razors.
Power sockets only accept flat three-pin (with earth connection) or two-pin plugs.
Most foreign electrical equipment will require an adapter/converter – these are available at visitor information centres, tourist shops, appliance stores.
Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that all delegates take out their own travel and medical insurance prior to travelling to New Zealand. The policy should include loss of fees/deposits through cancellation of your participation in the conference, or through cancellation of the conference itself, loss of airfares for any reason, medical expenses loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. Neither the Organising Committee or the conference organisers take any responsibility for any participant failing to insure. Please speak to your travel agent or airline in relation to this matter.
English is the official language of the conference.
New Zealanders do not expect tips for normal service – even in restaurants and bars. However, tipping for special service or kindness is at the discretion of the visitor. Hotels and restaurants in New Zealand do not add service charges to their bills.