Preparing for a Trip to New Zealand

People that travel a lot understand the importance of being prepared. Making sure that you have everything that you need and having some type of plan in place can make any trip a little better. The amount of planning and the depth of what a person does to prepare for a trip will depend on the individual. Some do not want a trip to be too structured while others need to have every detail taken care of before they leave. Both of these are okay.

Planning for a trip to an unfamiliar destination is even more important. It may be easier to make mistake, to forget things or to run into problems when you are not familiar with the rules, laws, climate and activities of an unfamiliar land. Many people would enjoy taking a trip to New Zealand, but they may not be familiar with the country. It is worth learning what to do when preparing for a trip to New Zealand.

Documents that are needed

Before you try to enter New Zealand, make sure that you have the right documents. A passport will be needed. It will have to be valid for at least 3 months past the date planned for you visit. A visa may also be needed depending on the country that you are coming from. If the country has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, this is not needed. When arriving in New Zealand, you will fill out a visitor’s permit. This is good from 3 months or 6 months for British citizens. Visitors from Australia with a current resident Australia return visa do not need the permit.

Entering New Zealand

Two international airports service New Zealand. Auckland International Airport and Christchurch International Airport are perfect places to fly into. Before flying into these airports check out what is and what is not allowed to be brought into the country. Many types of food are restricted by the rules and will be held at customs in the airport.

What to Pack

The first thing people have to remember is that New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere. That means the winter months run from June to October and the summer months are from November to February. Pack clothes according to the time of year that you are traveling during.

Some of the essentials due to the very diverse climate for a trip to New Zealand include:

  • Rain Coats – especially when visiting the rainforests of the country
  • Sunglasses – always a necessity
  • Comfortable shoes – whether hiking along the trails, spending time at the beach or walking around the city, comfortable shoes are a must
  • Hat and Sunscreen – The sun can be brutal and protection of the skin is very important for a trip to New Zealand
  • Layers of clothing – If you are traveling to different regions of New Zealand, layer of clothing will keep you as warm as you need to be.


Where to go

The decision about where to go as you prepare for your trip may be the most difficult thing to do. There is plenty to do and see in New Zealand. Beaches, mountains, the ocean, beaches and cities are all at your disposal. It is up to the individual to decide what they want to do to get the most out of their trip to New Zealand.


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