New Zealand, Maori Aotearoa, is a state in the southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean, Pacific. It consists of two large islands, North and South, and other smaller islets. The nearest neighboring state is about 2000 km distant Australia.
Basic information about New Zealand
December to March
New Zealand Dollar
Tickets from 22 000 CZK
Why go to New Zealand
New Zealand is a country that has a very good reputation among destinations to which travelers from all over Europe, North America and especially Asia go. This is because it is a country with beautiful and clean nature, a safe country and at the same time a highly industrially and agriculturally developed country. And it is also relatively farthest. Where to go next? Perhaps only in Antarctica or the Land of Fire …
New Zealand offers travelers a wide range of opportunities to explore the country, get to know it and have fun. Regardless of the passenger’s financial situation. The most expensive item is, of course, a ticket and then payment for transportation between the various places that travelers visit. However, other expenses can be adjusted according to the type of overnight stay travelers choose and what attractions they intend to visit.
The capital of New Zealand
The capital of New Zealand is Wellington. It lies on the southwestern tip of the North Island and is the southernmost capital in the world. The city is relatively small, the population is only about 180 thousand. However, it is part of a larger agglomeration, which extends about 50 km to the northeast. The most common means of transport to the city is by plane or boat. Massive ferries to South Island leave for Pikton from Wellington at any moment.
Wellington’s population is predominantly European and Asian. Many of them work in the port, but also in the state administration.
The city has a rich history, which Jules Verne has already situated the beginnings of his stories here, for example, the heroes of his novel 2 years of vacation leave Wellington. However, the city will not inspire ordinary tourists who come to the port by ferry. Before it reaches the historic center, it must be wandered through the unattractive and busy harbor and the dock buildings that surround the harbor.
Flag of New Zealand
The flag of New Zealand is formed by a blue rectangle, in the upper corner of which is placed the symbol of the United Kingdom of Great Britain. In the next fluttering part are four red stars, arranged in the form of the constellation of the Southern Cross.
Population of New Zealand
Both islands of Great Zealand have a population of almost 4.5 million, a third of whom live in Auckland. Most of New Zealand’s white people are descendants of colonizers who came to New Zealand for a new life. However, many Asians also live here, and of course the Moors, the original inhabitants of the islands.
Holidays in New Zealand
In New Zealand, we distinguish the following types of holidays: national, local, Christian / traditional. There are most public holidays, of which there are a total of 10. When it is a public holiday, the day is free and most shops are closed. Local holidays are not valid for the whole country, they are local / regional celebrations. These days, only people from the area are free. Public holidays are:
- 1.1. - New Years Day - New Year
- 2.1. - Day after New Years Day - the second day after the New Year
- 6.2. - Waitangi Day - New Zealand’s national holiday
- moving date - Good Friday - Good Friday
- moving date - Easter Monday
- 25.4. - Anzac Day - War Victims Day
- Monday, June 1 - Queen’s Birthday
- 4th Monday in October - Labor Day - Labor Day
- 25.12. - Christmas Day - 1st Christmas Day
- 26.12. - Boxing Day - 2nd Christmas holiday
Coat of arms of New Zealand
The coat of arms consists of a shield, in the first field of which is the constellation of the Southern Cross, in the second a golden fleece on a red background, in the third a grain sheaf and in the fourth a crossed threshing machine and a hammer. There is a pole in the axis and three sailboats on it. The crown of St. Edward hovers above the shield. Shieldbearers are a woman in a white robe with the national flag over her shoulder and a Maori chief with a taiaha spear. Shieldbearers stand on a fern with a ribbon with the inscription New Zealand.
The time difference between New Zealand and the Czech Republic is 11 o’clock. This shift is it can shift by 1 hour in both directions during the period when daylight saving time changes (change dates are not usually the same).
Currency of New Zealand
The New Zealand Dollar (NZD) is the legal tender in New Zealand. One NZD has 100 cents. We can find coins for 10, 20 and 50 cents and for 1 and 2 NZD. The banknotes are: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 NZD. 1 NZD could be purchased in the Czech Republic in 2019 for CZK 15.60.
Prices in New Zealand
The biggest item for tourists in New Zealand are usually transportation and overnight fees. Gasoline / diesel are relatively cheap, but a larger item is car / caravan rentals or. transportation buses, trains, ferries. The price of fuel in 2019 was similar to that in the Czech Republic, the rental of the cheapest caravan was 100 NZD per day, the price for transport was about 3 to 5 times higher than in our country.
When it comes to accommodation, the most expensive are hotels. Here the price per room per day is about 100 NZD. It pays to use campsites of various categories (purple / blue / green), where you can spend the night either for free or for a fee from 8 to 32 NZD.
Eating out in restaurants is expensive, like in Germany. However, fish and chips can be purchased for 12 NZD. If travelers cook for themselves, they will take advantage of the large selection of supermarkets, loaded with goods, as in Western Europe. Prices are also similar to those in England or Germany. You can buy bread for 3, a bottle of good wine for 10 to 15 NZD. Fruits and vegetables are expensive, but cheeses surprise you with their delicious taste and price. The most sold are kale loaves, which are as expensive as a bottle of wine. The locals call them plastic.
Visa to New Zealand
Travelers from the Czech Republic do not need a visa to stay up to 3 months. However, they must apply for NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) registration and pay NZD 12 and 35NZD tourist tax for registration. NZeTA is approved electronically - usually within 3 days. However, there is an exception - travelers with a study or work visa and travelers who have an approved tourist visa do not have to apply for NZeTA.
To complete the NZeTA and thus to enter, you must have: a passport, which must be valid for at least 3 months after your planned return from New Zealand, impunity, sufficient funds and a return ticket.
You can enter the NZeta form either via the mobile application (where you will save a few money) or classically via a computer. Don’t forget to arrange NZeT before the trip, without it you won’t have to be let on a plane.
Visa for a visit=Visitor Visa - https://www.immigration.govt.nz/
Interesting facts about New Zealand
At first glance, this does not seem so, but New Zealand is quite vast. And it is very long. The distance between the tip of the North Island and the last rock of the South is almost 1200 km. It’s like from Prague in Sicily.
Travelers should decide which part they want to travel and which to leave for another time. Lovers of rugged nature, mountains, waters and beautiful scenery should focus on the South Island, especially its southernmost part. Those who would like to travel the whole country in less than 2 months, should realize that they will see everything as from the express train and rather choose which part to skip. Whether they pass the attractive southern part of the South Island above, or start in the middle of the South Island and travel north to the beautifully warm dunes that are at the tip of the North Island.
New Zealand has beautiful and clean nature and everyone is trying to preserve it in this way for future generations. That is why there are instructions everywhere - even at airports - on how to behave in nature. Under a heavy fine, it is forbidden to throw rubbish in the wild, pollute it with feces and start a fire outside the designated areas. It is not allowed to spend the night in the wild, you can only use camps that are designed for that.
When planning daily routes, it is necessary to take into account not only the distances between the individual locations to be covered, but also the condition of the roads. There are only a few highways in the country, all only on the North Island. Very high speeds cannot be expected on local and state roads. However, both islands are mountainous and there are a lot of serpentines waiting for the driver when ascending and descending. So there are not many straight and well-arranged sections. The roads are in very good condition, but the locals are usually narrower and a significant number of sections are under repair. The repair is carried out alternately on one side of the road. Instead of traffic lights, a guy with a sign leaves and stops the vehicles. And beware - in New Zealand you drive on the left.
You can stop during the journey in the car parks with a view, which are about every 20 km and usually have clean toilets. Elsewhere - especially on the South Island - there is not much to stop along the route. And reason? Right next to the road is a fence - a fence for cattle - or a bush or a slope. And with that comes the distance between the individual pumps. It can be more than 100 km.
The CampeMate mobile application is a valuable tool for car and caravan travelers. It can be downloaded for free and offers a wide range of accommodation in the selected location. Especially for those who use caravans, it is optimal to prepare routes with this application in advance. If they want to save and not pay for an overnight stay, they can use the so-called green camps, which are designed just for them. The application contains a description of each campsite with an indication of whether it is equipped with a toilet, drinking water and the conditions for camping. For each, the number of places is stated, ie how many caravans can be in the camp at the same time and the number of nights, how many caravans can stay.
Travelers from the Czech Republic do not need any vaccinations. Vaccination against is only recommended both types of jaundice.
It is said that it is safe in New Zealand that no one has to worry about being robbed or assaulted. However, there are known cases where this has not been the case. Thieves are just everywhere, and there are only a few fewer in this country. Nevertheless, it is recommended that travelers do not leave their vehicles in abandoned places for a long time without control and that they always take their valuables and documents with them. In large car parks, it is useful to check whether it is monitored by cameras.
Where to call in case of emergency?
Rescue service, fire brigade, police: 111
The New Zealand phone code is +64.
Contacts at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Canberra:
Embassy of the Czech Republic 28 Culgoa Circuit, O'Malley, ACT 2606
Phone: + 61-262901386
Further contacts can be found at https://www.mzv.cz/canberra