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General Info
General Information    
Land of the Long White Cloud. Since the Maori people named New Zealand ¡®Land of the Long White Cloud¡¯, climate has been of paramount importance to the people of New Zealand ¡ª many of whom make their living from the land. New Zealand has mild temperatures, moderately high rainfall, and many hours of sunshine throughout most of the country. Its climate is dominated by two main geographical features ¡ª the mountains and the sea.
All visitors must have a current passport, valid for at least three months after the intended date of departure from New Zealand. Most visitors to New Zealand do not require visas unless they intend to work, study or seek employment. But we advise you to check with your local travel authority.
New Zealands currency is based on dollars ($) and cents (c). There is 5 Notes ($5, $10, $20, $50) and 5 coins (10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2). Trading bank hours are 9.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Banks are not open Saturday, Sunday or public holidays. Currency exchange facilities are available at the International Airports - hours of trading link with arrival and departure times. Travellers cheques can be changed at banks, bureaux de change, hotels and trading establishments in cities and towns.
All emergency services can be contacted throughout New Zealand by dialling 111. New Zealand's medical and hospital services are both public and private. Please note:- medical services are not free to visitors (except as a result of an accident). It is strongly recommended that visitors purchase health insurance. There are no snakes or dangerous wild animals in New Zealand.
All goods and services (except certain financial transactions) in New Zealand are subject to a Government 12.5% Goods and Services Tax, commonly known as GST. Overseas visitors cannot claim back GST, however some stores sell goods to overseas visitors exclusive of GST provided you show proof of onward travel arrangements (i.e departure ticket). It is possible to purchase duty free and GST exempt goods upon arrival at all International Airports in New Zealand.
Reciprocal driving rights exist between New Zealand and most other countries. Most rental car companies will ask for an International Driver¡¯s Licence. The driver will need to be 21 years of age.Driving in New Zealand is on the left hand side of the road. The majority of roads are one lane wide in each direction and sealed.
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