New Zealand FAQs
Do I need a visa to travel to New Zealand?
Up to three months, you do not need a tourist visa, however your passport must have validity beyond three months from your departure date.
Is tipping customary in New Zealand?
For servers: 10-15 percent.
At hotels: You can give porters $1 per bag, the concierge $10-20 for a favor, and housekeeping around $1.
Guides & Drivers: Tip $5-20 based on if it was a private tour or ride or if they did a particularly wonderful job.
Tipping is a relatively new (and spreading) trend in New Zealand, so be discreet when offering the tips and expect that some might refuse it.
What is internet access like in New Zealand?
You will be able to connect to the internet at most hotels and maybe restaurants, but when you are on open water on a cruise or at a lodge there probably won't be an accessible signal.
Can I use my cell phone while in New Zealand?
If you purchase a local SIM chip for your smart phone, then you might get a signal while you are in the more developed regions of New Zealand, but once you are in the more isolated areas, it's not likely that you will get a signal.
Do I need power adapters?
New Zealand has 220-240v power and AS-3112 outlets (three flat slanted prongs), which means that if you have a 110v device that is not compatible with this, you will need both a plug adapter and a step-down converter.
What are the toilets like in New Zealand?
New Zealand has modern flushing toilets. If you are in a more isolated area, then you may encounter a latrine.
Can I drink the water in New Zealand?
Yes, New Zealand has safe tap water. There will also be bottled water available to you as well.
Are credit cards accepted in New Zealand? Will I be able to find ATMs?
You will be able to find ATMs and businesses that accept credit cards while you are in the more developed parts of New Zealand. Not so much in the more rural areas, but fortunately, your trip is all inclusive and there aren't that many things to purchase in these remote parts of the itinerary.
Should I purchase travel insurance?
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