NEW ZEALAND TRAVEL ADVICE

Best time to visit

Unsure when to visit New Zealand? Our travel experts at First Class share the best times to go depending on your interests.

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Where to go

There's so much to see in New Zealand. From the dramatic landscapes of the South Island to the amazing Fiords of the South Island.

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As one of the most breathtaking countries in the world, New Zealand is a myriad of striking fiordlands, impressive National Parks and intriguing culture. 

Passports & Visas:

  • You do not require a visa to enter New Zealand if you are a UK citizen. To find out if you require a visa you can check here.

Language & Culture:

  • English is the first official language of New Zealand with Maori being the Second. 
  • Maori people were the first settlers in New Zealand and their culture is a very important part of day to day life in New Zealand, with the Maori people making up 15% of the overall population. 

Food & Drink in New Zealand 

  • New Zealand cuisine is a distinct Pacific Rim style, this draws on the heritage of the cultures in the region. 
  • A traditional meal is known as a 'Hangi', this is a Maori feast cooked in an earth oven underground. Other specialities include Kumara (native sweet potato), Toheroa (clams) and oysters from Bluff.
  • Tipping in NZ is your choice and hotels and restaurants will not add a service charge to their bill. 

Money and Expenses:

  • Major credit cards are widely accepted.
  • A good and service tax (GST) of 15% is displayed in the price in New Zealand and this is non-refundable.  

Government Travel Advice for New Zealand 

Time Zones
Auckland (GMT +13)
 

Flight Time
From 24+ hours 

Currency
New Zealand Dollar $

Recommended Airlines
 Air New Zealand
Cathay Pacific
Singapore Airlines
Emirates 
 

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Our Awards

We are very proud that our personal, friendly service and attention to detail has led to us becoming an industry leader in providing tailor-made holidays. We have been recognised throughout the years by winning a number of prestigious awards from within and outside of the travel industry. We won the "Best Operator to Canada" award at the 2017 British Annual Canada Travel Awards for a record 15th time.

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