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 or Friday nights in the cities. Many supermarkets are open 24 hours and large shopping malls and tourist resort centres are generally open between 10 am and 5 pm on weekends.

Duty-free shopping is exceptionally good in New Zealand with a wide product choice and good value. Auckland Airport has over 50 retail outlets and Wellington and Christchurch also have a good number. Many city duty-free stores offer international products including cosmetics, electronics, wines and spirits and New Zealand crafts.

New Zealand woollen goods are especially sought after, particularly hand-knitted sweaters, jackets, coats, sheepskin rugs, bed underlays, car seat covers and boots. Outdoor clothing is a Kiwi speciality and you will find many purpose designed garments like the pure wool ‘Swanndri’ overshirts favoured by trampers, farmers and hunters. Fashionable suede and leather jackets, in trendy and classic designs, are real value for money. Most shops are glad to ship heavy or bulky purchases for you. Items sent overseas are not subject to the 15% Goods and Services Tax.

Craft items of superb quality are found in abundance all over the country. New Zealand glassware is highly sought after. Pottery and fine ceramic ware is outstanding in places like Nelson and Coromandel where high-grade clays are useable straight out of the ground. Native woods make unique gifts and the Northland kauri is a favourite due to its fine grain and sheen. Traditional Maori motifs and designs intricately carved in wood, bone and greenstone (jade) make excellent souvenirs. Paua (abalone) shell is a perfect gift in the form of silver inlaid earrings, necklaces and other novelties. Look out for country art and craft fairs and weekend markets where you will find unique Kiwi goods.

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  • New Zealand Food Cuisine

    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.

  • New Zealand Visa

    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.

  • Stewart Island New Zealand

    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.