Widely held to be one of the most breath taking countries on the planet, New Zealand is a phenomenal travel destination. You’ll also find beaches, fjords, lakes and gorgeous swathes of forest, not to mention age-old Maori culture, forward-looking cities and, famously, a world-class array of outdoor activities. Not only does it pack a punch as hard as an All Black tackle, but it’s also incredibly easy to travel around.
At a glance
Full Name: New Zealand
Capital City: Wellington
Largest city : Auckland
Area: 267,710 sq km
Population: 4.42 million
Time Zone: UTC+12
Languages: English, Maori, New Zealand Sign Language
Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
Country Dialling Code: 64
Must See’s and Must Do’s
Adrenaline activities, Aoraki/Mt Cook, Auckland, Bay of Islands, Christchurch, Coromandel Peninsula, Fiordland National Park, Fishing, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, Hiking, Maori culture, Marine life, Napier, Nelson, Queenstown, Rotorua, Sailing and jetboating, Stewart Island/Rakiura, Stunning wildlife, Surfing, Tongariro National Park, Waitomo Caves, Wellington, White-water rafting, Wine tasting, Wintersports
Did you know
In 2007, the NZ courts banned a couple from naming their child 4Real. In the end they named him Superman.
94% of all prisoners in NZ are male.
NZ has banned all television advertising on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, ANZAC Day, and Christmas Day.
The kiwi fruit is not native from New Zealand. It’s actually from China, but it was named after the kiwi bird.
No matter where you are in New Zealand, you’ll never be more than 128 km from the seaside.
New Zealand is the least corrupt nation in the world
Best time to go
High Season (Dec–Feb)
Summer: busy beaches, outdoor explorations, festivals and sporting events. Big-city accommodation prices rise.
High season in the ski towns is winter (Jun–Aug).
Shoulder Season (Mar–Apr)
Prime travelling time: fine weather, short queues, kids in school and warm(ish) ocean. Long evenings sipping Kiwi wines and craft beers. Spring (Sep–Nov) is shoulder season, too.
Low Season (May–Aug) Head for the slopes of the Southern Alps for some brilliant southern-hemisphere skiing. No crowds, good accommodation deals and a seat in any restaurant. Warm-weather beach towns may be half asleep.
Echo Walking Festival (April)
Warbirds Over Wanaka International Air Show(Every two years- April)
Cateye Moonride (May)
Winter@Waipu (June – August)
Money & Costs
New Zealand Dollar (NZD; symbol: NZ$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of NZ$100, 50, 20, 10 and 5.
1 AED =0.39 NZ$
New Zealand tourist visa is not required for citizens of United Arab Emirates for a stay up to 90 days.
New Zealand Visa Application Centre
Wafi Mall, 3rd Floor, Falcon, Phase 2
Umm Hurair 2 , Tel : 04 2055885
Website : www.vfsglobal.com/newzealand/uae
FLIGHTS FROM UAE TO NEW ZEALAND
PLACES YOU MUST