New Zealand

Capital Wellington

Population 4,697,854

Area 270,467 km2

Key facts

New Zealand is a country located in Oceania. The country has no land neighbors. As for languages, the country’s residents speak English and Maori.

The national currency in New Zealand is New Zealand dollar (NZD). The dollar ($) is subdivided into 100 cent (c).

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 1.75 NZD and 1 USD is worth 1.61 NZD.

New Zealander
Banknotes

$5$10$20$50$100

New Zealander
Coins

10c20c50c$1$2

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in New Zealand is 239.19 Mbps and mobile is 155.46 Mbs.The global average is 171.07 Mbps and 126.25 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density When compared to the world average, New Zealand has more ATMs.53.89 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.

SIM Registration You can buy a SIM card in New Zealand without having to register it with your ID or passport.

Socket types

There is one common socket type used in New Zealand. Type I is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type I 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, New Zealand will celebrate 11 national public holidays. Furthermore, there are 12 holidays that are only celebrated in certain parts of New Zealand. The next one Christmas Day will take place on December 25.

Date Holiday name
January 2, 2023Moving holiday Day after New Year’s DayDay after New Year’s Day
January 23, 2023Moving holiday Wellington Anniversary DayWellington Anniversary Day Regional holiday
January 30, 2023Moving holiday Nelson Anniversary DayNelson Anniversary Day Regional holiday
February 6, 2023Moving holiday Waitangi DayWaitangi Day
March 13, 2023Moving holiday Taranaki Anniversary DayTaranaki Anniversary Day Regional holiday
March 20, 2023Moving holiday Otago Anniversary DayOtago Anniversary Day Regional holiday
April 7, 2023Moving holiday Good FridayGood Friday
April 10, 2023Moving holiday Easter MondayEaster Monday
April 11, 2023Moving holiday Southland Anniversary DaySouthland Anniversary Day Regional holiday
April 25, 2023Moving holiday Anzac DayAnzac Day
June 5, 2023Moving holiday King’s BirthdayKing’s Birthday
July 14, 2023Moving holiday MatarikiMatariki
September 25, 2023Moving holiday Canterbury (South) Anniversary DayDominion Day Regional holiday
October 20, 2023Moving holiday Hawke’s Bay Anniversary DayHawke’s Bay Anniversary Day Regional holiday
October 23, 2023Moving holiday Labour DayLabour Day
October 30, 2023Moving holiday Marlborough Anniversary DayMarlborough Anniversary Day Regional holiday
November 17, 2023Moving holiday Canterbury Anniversary DayCanterbury (North & Central) Anniversary Day Regional holiday
November 27, 2023Moving holiday Chatham Islands Anniversary DayChatham Islands Anniversary Day Regional holiday
December 4, 2023Moving holiday Westland Anniversary DayWestland Anniversary Day Regional holiday
December 25, 2023Moving holiday Christmas DayChristmas Day
December 26, 2023Moving holiday Boxing DayBoxing Day

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in New Zealand?

There are no Mariott hotels in New Zealand.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in New Zealand.

The IHG hotel chain operates in New Zealand.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in New Zealand.

There are no Radisson hotels in New Zealand.

The Accor hotel chain operates in New Zealand.

What fast food chains are present in New Zealand?

The McDonald’s chain operates in New Zealand.

The KFC chain operates in New Zealand.

The Burger King chain operates in New Zealand.

The Subway chain operates in New Zealand.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in New Zealand.

The Starbucks chain operates in New Zealand.

Weather

What is the weather like in Wellington?

Today the sun in Wellington, rises at 5:41 AM and sets at 8:40 PM. The climate of Wellington may be categorized as a Marine west coast (Cfb), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TuesdayDec 5OvercastLow: 12.7°C (54.86°F)High: 17.9°C (64.22°F)
WednesdayDec 6OvercastLow: 10.8°C (51.44°F)High: 18.8°C (65.84°F)
ThursdayDec 7OvercastLow: 14°C (57.2°F)High: 21.1°C (69.98°F)
FridayDec 8OvercastLow: 13°C (55.4°F)High: 20.2°C (68.36°F)
SaturdayDec 9OvercastLow: 11.9°C (53.42°F)High: 18.7°C (65.66°F)
SundayDec 10RainLow: 11.7°C (53.06°F)High: 16.8°C (62.24°F)

Weather data for Wellington (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Uber is available in 11 cities. Bolt is not available in New Zealand.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in New Zealand.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 5.2, New Zealand is placed 56th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In New Zealand traffic is left-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  2,781.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 9.60 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.74.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in New Zealand

111 Police
111 Ambulance
111 Fire police

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Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage is prohibited, but medical use is legal.

You have to be 17 years or older to claim the alcohol and tobacco concessions.

Alcohol allowance

  • 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of cigars or tobacco products or
  • 50 grams of a mixture of all three

Tobacco allowance

  • 4.5 litres of wine or beer
  • 3 bottles (or other containers) of spirits or liqueur (each bottle or container can hold a maximum of 1.125 litres).

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