New Zealand has all you need for an unforgettable honeymoon best of all it's just a short flight from Australia's east coast, making it a convenient destination to whisk yourselves away soon after you have tossed the bouquet.

The country is so spectacular it has caught the eye of movie makers and location scouts from around the world, with blockbuster movies and commercials filmed using the landscape as it's backdrop.

What to expect

New Zealand is a place for romance and adventure. There are plenty of places to explore and experiences to be had, whether it's finding a new fondness for hiking or discovering on one of the many volcanic lakes or glaciers in the country. It's beauty is indescribable and it's attractions are addictive. It's a honeymoon experience you'll want to enjoy again and again.  

Climate

New Zealand lies in the Southern Hemisphere therefore, the further south of the country you go the cooler it gets. The north of New Zealand is subtropical and the south temperate. The warmest months are December, January and February, and the coldest June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20-30ºC and in winter between 10-15ºC.

What to wear

Dress is informal and relaxed on most occasions. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants and night spots, and men are generally not expected to wear suits and ties, except in a few of the top formal bars and restaurants in major cities.

The weather in New Zealand can change unexpectedly as cold fronts can quickly blow in. Because of this, you should be prepared for sudden changes in weather and temperature. In the summer months of December to February it's still a good idea to pack a jacket and jumper in your luggage should the weather turn cooler or you visit higher altitudes where the temperature can drop.

If you are planning a New Zealand honeymoon in winter between May and September in particular be sure to pack warm winter clothes and thermals in your luggage, and layer your clothing to enable you to adjust your clothing to the conditions

New Zealand is a hiking and explorers paradise so pack some sturdy walking shoes!!

What to eat

Although delicious, New Zealand is not just about it's kiwifruit. The produced is renowned as being is fresh and of the highest quality. While in New Zealand be sure to try dishes of lamb, pork and venison; salmon, crayfish, Bluff oysters, paua (abalone), mussels and scallops; kumara (sweet potato); kiwifruit, kiwi berries and tamarillo; and not forgetting New Zealand's national dessert pavlova, made from meringue and lashings of fresh whipped cream topped with fresh fruit or berries.

Accommodation

When it comes to accommodation you are really spoilt for choice. New Zealand has a huge variety of accommodation, from budget hotels, forest cabins and beach side retreats to the most luxurious mountain lodges and boutique hotels.

Something unique

Visit one of the many thermal pools accessible only by boat along the lakes shores in the North Island and with so much natural landscape and easily accessible 'tramping' trails, you can not leave New Zealand without taking a short walk or a hike for a day or more!

Tipping

Tipping in New Zealand is not obligatory - even in restaurants and bars. However, tipping for good service or kindness is at the discretion of the visitor. Hotels and restaurants in New Zealand do not add service charges to their bills.

Currency

New Zealand's unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$).

GST 

All goods and services are subject to a 15 % Goods and Services Tax (GST) included in the displayed price. Visitors cannot claim this tax back, however when a supplier ships a major purchase to a visitor's home address the GST will not be charged. When shopping ask if the retailer offers tax free, some do, and you will need to pick your items up at the airport.

Duty Free 

New Zealand offers very generous Duty Free allowances.... you are each allowed 4.5 litres of wine or beer (six 750ml bottles) * three bottles each containing no more than 1125ml bottle of spirits, liqueur or other spirituous beverages.

Time

New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). In summer New Zealand uses ‘daylight saving’, with clocks put forward one hour to GMT+13. Daylight saving begins on the last Sunday in September and ends on the first Sunday of the following April, when clocks are put back to GMT+12.

Driving

New Zealand's tourist routes are of a high standard and the main roads are sealed. All roads, including those in rural locations, are signposted. When traveling between the North Island and South Island by road, you will need to take a ferry between the islands.  Driving in New Zealand is on the left, the same as in Australia.

Electricity

Same as Australia. Most hotels and motels provide 110 volt ac sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only.

Emergency

Police and Ambulance: 111

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required.

Passports and Visas

When you arrive in New Zealand, you’ll need to have a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date. A visa may also be required, depending on your country of origin. Australian passport holders don't need visas.

Language

English is the common and everyday language of New Zealand. New Zealand is a multi-cultural society and you may hear many other languages spoken, including Maori, which is also an official language of New Zealand.

Safety

New Zealand is one of the safest travel destinations in the world, with a relatively low crime rate, few major diseases and a first-class healthcare and accident system. Of course you should still observe the same precautions with your personal safety and your possessions as you would in any other country or at home.

Stay safe in New Zealand's great outdoors

  1. Seek local knowledge, plan the route you will take and know the amount of time you can reasonably expect it to take.
  2. Tell someone your plans and leave a date for when to raise the alarm if you haven’t returned. Leave a detailed trip plan with DoC (Department of Conservation) or a friend including a "panic" date.
  3. Be aware of the weather. New Zealand’s weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes.
  4. Know your limits. Challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience.
  5. Take sufficient supplies. Make sure you have enough food, clothing, equipment and emergency rations for the worst case scenario.
  6. Take an appropriate means of communication and navigation and make sure you know how to use them! Don’t rely on cell phone coverage and consider using a personal locator beacon, especially if you’re travelling alone.
  7. If lost - seek shelter and stay where you are. Use a torch/camera flash to attract attention at night. Try and position something highly coloured and visible from the air to help a helicopter search during the day.
For more information on hiking in New Zealand and the 7 Rules Of Tramping visit New Zealand Mountain Safety Council

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