NEW ZEALAND DOCUMENTS
Documents: For entry into New Zealand you must be in possession of a passport valid for three months beyond the date of return, a return air ticket and a sufficient amount of currency or a credit card. For European and American tourists a visa or a vaccination certificate is not required if you stay in New Zealand for less than three months.
Driving license: A valid international license.
Rules of the road: Driving is on the left.
NEW ZEALAND HEALTH INSURANCE, TRAVEL INSURANCE AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
Health Care: Medical care at medical offices and hospitals in New Zealand is at a high level.
Care services are paid for so it is strongly recommended to sign a health insurance that covers all medical expenses.
NEW ZEALAND MOBILE PHONES AND INTERNET
Telephones: Country code to call New Zealand: 0065.
Telephone operators as Telecom New Zealand, TelstraClear and Vodafone offer telephone services throughout New Zealand.
Phone cards for international calls are readily available, but the number of public telephones in New Zealand is falling, this is largely due to the penetration of mobile phones which make little use the old phone booths. However, public telephones with coins, credit cards or calling card are still available, especially in large public places such as railway stations and airports.
Mobile Phones: New Zealand is on the GSM cellular network, the major mobile operators in the country are: Telecom New Zealand that operates in WCDMA network in the 850 MHz band. Vodafone New Zealand that operates in GSM network in the 900 MHz band. 2degrees which operates in GSM network in the 900 MHz band. These networks provide data and voice services, and are generally available in populated areas of New Zealand.
For foreign visitors will need to configure roaming with their network provider if they want to use your phone in New Zealand. Alternatively, you can hire local phones and SIM cards from the operators of the local network.
Internet: Internet is widespread, the access to high-speed network is widely available in major cities of the country. Wireless and 3G cellular networks are also available in some parts of New Zealand. Satellite services are available in rural areas through Iconz and Bay City Technologies.
The main operators of Internet services are: Telecom, TelstraClear, Vector and CityLink.
NEW ZEALAND ELECTRICAL OUTLETS
Electricity: Throughout New Zealand the devices operate at 230 V, 50 Hz voltage is then equal to that of Europe.
AC power plugs and sockets: Electrical outlets, however, are completely different from those in Europe, jacks used are type I, which are the same as in Australia, these sockets plugs are in fact flat and you need to bring an adapter.
NEW ZEALAND MONEY AND BANKING
Currency: The currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD).
Banks: The exchange of money can be made in banks, airports, bureaux de change or hotels. Widespread are ATMs open 24 hours a day.
Widespread also credit cards, all major credit cards are accepted (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) as well as Traveler’s Checks.
Banks opening hours: Banks are open from Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 16:30 and are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. In the larger cities there are banks that are open also during the weekends.