New Zealand Frequently Asked Questions

Q) What language do they speak in New Zealand?

A) English

Q) What types of accommodations will we be staying in?

A) We will be staying at locally owned & operated hotels and guesthouses. Some of our unique accommodations were previously ranches or farmhouses before being transformed into guesthouses. All the accommodations we have chosen are very clean and comfortable. The majority have private bathrooms but there may be shared bathroom facilities in a few places.

Q) What currency do they use in New Zealand and can I use my credit/debit card?

A) The New Zealand currency is the NZ dollar. Currently one US Dollar is equivalent to 1.65 NZ dollar. You will be able to use credit cards just about everywhere and is the preferred payment method at most businesses. American Express is often not accepted, so bring Visa/Mastercard as well. The Discover Card is rarely accepted outside North America. Cash can be used for tipping and small purchases. You will be able to exchange US currency for NZ dollars when you arrive at the Auckland airport. ATM and debit cards can also be used and will sometimes require a PIN #.

Q) Does this tour require a lot of walking?

A) No. However, we will be walking on easy to moderate short trails several times a day.

Q) What type of food is available?

A) New Zealand has fresh seafood and lamb is also common. The fare is otherwise similar to what we are used to in the states. Breakfast is included with the tour every day and usually includes a variety of fruits & vegetables, yogurt, granola, bread, eggs, coffee & juice. We generally don’t stop for lunch, however bakeries are commonplace and we will visit one most days. It’s a good idea to bring some snacks with you for the van rides. Most menus include vegetarian and vegan options and will cater to food sensitivities. Plan on spending $15-25 US for dinner.

Q) Do I need a Passport and a visa to enter New Zealand?

A) Yes, you will need a passport that is valid for at least six months before it expires from the day of your departure, so please check your expiration date. You will need to apply for a New Zealand Electronic Transit Authority (NZeTA) – use this link to apply:  The cost is $23 NZ and processing time is 72 hours. You will also need to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL), which funds tourism infrastructure and helps protect the natural environment. You will pay the IVL at the same time as you request your NZeTA. The IVL costs $35 NZ.

Q) Do I need any special shots or vaccines

A) You will not need any unique vaccinations to visit New Zealand, though it’s always a good idea to be up to date on your tetanus shot.

Q) What will we be traveling in?

A) We will be driving two 8 passenger vans. They are very comfortable and have room for your medium sized luggage

Q) What type of electrical outlets do they use, and will I need a converter?

A) New Zealand uses a Type 1 Plug Adaptor. These can easily be obtained from an electronics store or Amazon. We will also have 12-volt inverters in the vans with multiple USB and 110 ports for charging camera batteries and phones while traveling.

Q) What clothing and gear should I pack?

A) We will send out a gear list prior to leaving .

Q) Is Wifi or cell service available in New Zealand?

A) Yes. Most cell service providers in the US have an internation plan that can be used in New Zealand. Please check with your provider for details. Wifi will be available at all of the hotels we stay at.

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