Welcome to New Zealand, a land of diverse landscapes, including mountains, glaciers, rainforests, beaches, and volcanoes. New Zealand is also home to a unique culture and a friendly people. At Aspire Down Under we specialize in custom travel experiences that let you discover New Zealand in all its glory. Our expert team is dedicated to making sure that your journey Down Under is nothing short of unforgettable.
Choosing New Zealand as your vacation destination opens up a world of experiences. Here's why New Zealand should be on your travel bucket list:
Stunning natural beauty: New Zealand is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. From the towering mountains of the Southern Alps to the pristine beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Adventure: New Zealand is a paradise for adventure seekers. There are opportunities to go bungy jumping, white water rafting, hiking, skiing, and snowboarding, among other activities.
Unique wildlife: New Zealand is home to a variety of unique wildlife, including the kiwi, the kakapo, and the kea. You can also see whales, dolphins, seals, and penguins in the wild.
Friendly people: New Zealanders are known for being friendly and welcoming. You're sure to feel safe and at home in this laid-back country.
Diverse culture: New Zealand is a multicultural society with a rich Maori heritage. You can learn about Maori culture at museums, cultural centers, and festivals.
World-class food and wine: New Zealand has a thriving food and wine scene. There are restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes, and the local wines are some of the best in the world.
Geothermal wonders: New Zealand is home to a number of geothermal attractions, including hot springs, mud pools, and geysers. You can even take a dip in one of the many natural hot pools.
Lord of the Rings and Hobbit filming locations: New Zealand is the home of Middle-earth, the fictional setting for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. You can visit many of the filming locations, such as Hobbiton and Mount Doom.
Please find answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions please contact us.
New Zealand’s seasons are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere * Spring is September - November * Summer is December - February * Fall is March - May * Winter is June – August.
While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10°C (14°F) in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures.
The average New Zealand temperature decreases as you travel south. January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month of the year.
At the time of your balance payment, we will request your cell phone details so that we may contact whilst traveling if necessary. We recommend you contact your cell plan provider prior to departure to discuss international calling/texts/data plans. Once in New Zealand for any data usage check for wifi connections at your accommdation. We highly recommend you switch off your data roaming option at all times except when you deem it necessary to download data when not connected to wifi.
There are strict laws prohibiting or restricting the entry of drugs, steroids, weapons, firearms, protected wildlife and associated products. If you are unsure about anything declare it to Customs upon arrival.
English is the common language of New Zealand. However, as New Zealand is a multicultural society, you may hear other languages spoken including Te Reo Maori, the official language of New Zealand. The vast majority of New Zealand place names are of Maori origin. A Maori phrase you’ll be sure to hear and see is Kia ora which means hello.
New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 17 hours ahead of EST or 20 hours ahead of PST. In summer New Zealand uses ‘daylight saving’, with clocks put forward one hour to EST+18/PST+21. Daylight saving begins on the first Sunday in October and ends on the third Sunday of the following March, when clocks are put back to EST+17/PST+20.
New Zealand's unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). Coins have values of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, $1 and $2; notes have values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
All major credit cards and touchless methods of payment are widely accepted.
New Zealanders do not expect tips for normal service - even in restaurants and bars. However, tipping for extra special service or kindness is at the discretion of the visitor. Hotels and restaurants in New Zealand do not add service charges to their bills.
230/240 volts, 50 Hz, 3 pin plugs. The power supply is 220/240 volts AC. Sockets accept three-flat-pin plugs so an adaptor is needed. 110v appliances will need a voltage converter.
Before your visit you should arrange sufficient medical and travel insurance. Ensure the policy is adequate to cover costs for ambulance or helicopter rescue, emergency surgery, or transportation home. Accidents (but not illnesses) are covered by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), which ensures that residents and tourists alike are not charged for any medical treatment required as a consequence of an accident suffered in New Zealand. This covers both physical and psychological damage. In cases of minor injuries you may have to contribute to the cost of the initial doctor’s visit. The ACC scheme means you can’t sue anybody for damages.
We offer travel insurance policies – ask your Aspire Down Under consultant for more details.
It is safe to drink tap water anywhere in New Zealand. Bottled mineral water is available throughout the country.
New Zealand's clear, unpolluted atmosphere and relatively low latitudes produce sunlight stronger than much of Europe or North America, so be prepared to wear hats and sun block if you plan to be out in the sun for more than 15-20 minutes.
Weather conditions in New Zealand alpine areas can change rapidly. Be prepared for cold wet weather if you plan to walk in our National Parks, whatever the time of year
Beaches with potential hazards are often patrolled by lifeguards, who put up yellow and red flags - Water Safety New Zealand recommend that between these flags is the safest place to swim on these beaches.
New Zealanders drive on the left hand side of the road. The steering wheel is on the right hand side of the car. The maximum speed limit in cities and towns is 50 km/h (30 mph) and on country roads and highways, 100 km/h (62mph) unless signs indicate otherwise. Strict drink-driving laws apply. Drivers and passengers must wear seat belts at all times.
Visitors may drive in New Zealand on a valid overseas driver’s license for the same class of vehicle or an International Driving Permit. Licenses must be carried when driving. If the driver's license is not in the English language, the visitor must carry a translation with the permit.
If you arrive in New Zealand carrying controlled drugs on you or in your luggage, you may import them provided that you declare the controlled drugs on your passenger arrival card to present to New Zealand Customs Service - demonstrate to NZ Customs that the drug:
To demonstrate that the controlled drug has been lawfully supplied for the treatment of you or someone under your care you should:
We will provide a listing with your departure documents.
We will provide a listing with your departure documents.