IAOPA 2018 |

New Zealand : What you need to know





The far north of New Zealand is subtropical whilst the south is more temperate. The warmest months are traditionally December, January and February, and the coolest June, July and August.  


In summer, the average maximum daytime temperatures range between 20–30°C and in winter between 10–15°C. You can check weather conditions in New Zealand on the New Zealand MetService website.



 Internet & Wifi


You will find that free Wi-Fi is available in most hotel accommodation and hospitality outlets.


Rydges Hotel has free Wi-Fi in your rooms and at the Assembly area.





New Zealand’s currency is the dollar (NZ$). You can use all major credit cards in New Zealand, with Visa and MasterCard accepted most widely.


All taxes are included in the displayed retail price.


Tipping is not a custom in NZ, however feel free to do so for exceptional service.








New Zealand’s public and private medical and hospital facilities provide a high standard of treatment and care. Medical services are not free to visitors. 


It’s recommended you purchase travel and health insurance before you visit. No vaccination certificates are required. There are no snakes or dangerous wild animals in New Zealand.



 Mobile Telephones


Check with your phone company before leaving home about international mobile roam facilities available in New Zealand.


Alternatively you can hire or buy mobile phones or SIM cards in New Zealand. Note that signal is not available in all rural areas.




New Zealand’s electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts, and we use angled two or three pin plugs (the same as Australia).


 Drive Safe New Zealand


We drive on the left-hand side of the road here, some of our roads are narrow, windy and have loose gravel… and it’s not unusual to see sheep or cattle on roads in rural areas.

Follow this link for other important driving information

Visa Information


Having the right passport and visa organised is the key to a trouble free entry for delegates into New Zealand.


New Zealand's immigration requirements


We enjoy welcoming visitors to New Zealand and we’d like to think that when you come here that you have an experience to remember—but for the right reasons. So if you’re coming to New Zealand, it’s a good idea to make sure you have everything ready.


When you arrive in New Zealand, you’ll need to be carrying a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date. Many people will qualify for visa-free entry, but depending on your country of origin, some will need to apply for a visa before they travel.



Do you need a visa or permit?


You do not need a visa or permit to visit New Zealand if you are:


  • A New Zealand/Australia citizen or Resident Permit holder
  • An Australian citizen travelling on an Australian passport
  • British citizen and/or British passport holder who can produce evidence of the right to reside permanently in the UK (you can stay up to six months)
  • A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand (you can stay up to three months).


If you come from Visa-waiver countries, you don't need a visa to enter New Zealand, but are still required to provide:


  • Travel tickets or evidence of onward travel arrangements
  • Evidence that you can support yourself in New Zealand (approximately NZ$1000 per month per person).


For up to date and accurate information please visit our Immigration departments website.





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