The New Zealand dress code is pretty much a reflection of the casual Kiwi lifestyle.

Living the good life in ‘Godzone’ as Kiwis describe ‘God’s Own Country’, means dressing informally. This easy-going lifestyle is exemplified by the popular, sizzling backyard barbecue. To dress ‘a la mode’ in this situation requires nothing more than T-shirts/shirt/blouse, jeans/trousers/shorts, sandals/casual shoes/jandals(thongs). Basically it’s whatever you feel comfortable in.

Dining in exclusive restaurants, attending functions, balls and cocktail parties requires a higher standard of attire, but dark business suits and stylish evening dresses or trouser suits fit most occasions. Tuxedos are worn only at the most formal functions. New Zealand fashion houses like Karen Walker, Trelise Cooper and World are building an international reputation and their exclusive designer wear can be viewed in many city boutique arcades. Designers keep up with new fashion trends with frequent visits to London, Paris and Milan and put their own stamp on chic Kiwi designs noted for stylish simplicity and informality.

In the North Island, coats are not commonly worn except during cold southerly winds. These are felt keenly in the Wellington region, which is influenced greatly by the natural wind funnel of Cook Strait. Cooler climes in the South Island call for more winter protection in the form of woollen or polar fleece jackets, jeans and lightweight boots. Waterproof parkas and ‘Swanndri’ water-repellent long woollen shirts are common for farmers, hunters and other outdoors folk in the south.

New Zealand is building an international reputation for producing quality outdoor wear and especially lightweight, fashionable adventure clothing. Visitors will find that adventure outfitters have a huge selection of fine merino wool, angora and possum fur garments, which are ideal for outdoor pursuits in cool climate conditions. Hand-spun, hand-dyed and hand-knitted pure wool jumpers are of the highest quality in New Zealand. Look for these in tourist shops and department stores.

If you plan to tramp the New Zealand Great Walks or other tracks during your visit remember that our maritime climate is very changeable. Brilliant sunshine can turn into sudden wind squalls and heavy rain showers within half an hour. The secret is to have several layers of lightweight clothing that you can readily put on and take off to suit the changing conditions. Polar fleece and polypropylene garments are ideal. A lightweight breathable hooded rainproof jacket completes the ensemble.

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    Food & Cuisine

    The country’s Pacific Rim cuisine is based on its abundance of wonderful fresh produce. Tender lamb, beef, pork, venison, succulent green-lipped mussels, Bluff oysters, crayfish (lobster), paua (abalone), whitebait, scallops, salmon, deep-sea fish and, of course, kiwifruit.

  • New Zealand Shopping

    Shopping

    New Zealand offers a great variety of shopping experiences for visitors from overseas. With currency conversions invariably favouring the overseas visitor, a New Zealand shopping spree is a ‘must do’ activity. Shops are usually open from 9 am to 5.30 pm with late shopping available on Thursday.

  • New Zealand Internet Access

    Internet Access

    New Zealand has embraced the World Wide Web with a zeal and enthusiasm. Cyber cafes are widely distributed throughout the country to enable visitors to keep in touch with friends and relatives back home. Many hostels and backpackers have Internet rooms or booths, which are usually available.

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    Electricity

    New Zealand’s swift-flowing rivers dissect steep, broken country making them ideal for generating cheap hydro power. The vast amount of energy contained in major river systems like the Waikato and the Clutha has been tapped through a series of hydro dams. The stored water is converted.

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    Clothing

    New Zealand dress code is pretty much a reflection of the casual Kiwi lifestyle. Living the good life in ‘Godzone’ as Kiwis describe ‘God’s Own Country’, means dressing informally. This easy-going lifestyle is exemplified by the popular, sizzling backyard barbecue. To dress ‘a la mode’ in this situation.

  • New Zealand Weather

    Regional Weather

    Prevailing westerly winds have a major effect on our climate bringing warm, moisture-laden air in from the Tasman Sea. The South Island’s Southern Alps act as a barrier, creating annual rainfall of up to 7000 mm on the West Coast. By contrast the Canterbury Plains, lying in the rain shadow.

  • New Zealand Health Services

    Health Services

    New Zealand proudly boasts a ‘clean green’ image and compared to other developed world countries we are seen as a great place that provides fresh unpolluted air, low cases of disease, easy access to fresh organic produce and clean drinking water.

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    Visas

    A Visitors Permit is an endorsement in your passport allowing you to visit New Zealand. It states the expiry date of your permit and allows you to visit as a tourist, see friends and relatives, play sport or perform in cultural events without pay, undertake a business trip and/or undertake medical treatment.

  • New Zealand Transportation

    Transportation

    New Zealand has an efficient transport system that is designed to move visitors around the main tourist routes with a minimum of delay. Advance bookings are essential in the summer high season (December-February) but at other times there is much less pressure on transport services.

  • New Zealand Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The range of choice in larger centres is wide, from upmarket exclusive lodges and five-star hotels, through budget hotels, motels, motor inns, bed and breakfast guesthouses, homestays, farmstays, hostels, backpackers, holiday parks, holiday homes, motor camps and Department of Conservation.

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    Stewart Island

    Stewart Island was known to the Maori as Rakiura (glowing skies) either on account of the striking sunsets or the periodic southern lights (Aurora Australis). The island is a dream location for ornithologists and bird watchers and offers the best kiwi watching in New Zealand.

  • South Island New Zealand

    South Island

    New Zealand’s South Island is a spectacular land, which has been uplifted by prodigious earth forces. The South Island landscape is so different from the rolling green hills of the north that crossing Cook Strait is akin to travelling to another country.

  • North Island New Zealand

    North Island

    New Zealand’s North Island is blessed with a mild maritime climate ranging from subtropical in the Far North to temperate in the rest of the island. The land was moulded aeons ago by the fierce fires of countless volcanoes - the last eruption was as recent as 1996, when giant Mt Ruapehu blew its top.

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    New Zealand

    New Zealand holds a special place on the world travel circuit as a premier eco-tourism and outdoor adventure destination. It is also a great place for a relaxing holiday. This small, compact group of three elongated islands, stretching 1500km down the southern latitudes of the Pacific Ocean.