General Information

New Zealand

New Zealand Hour: New Zealand time is 12 horas ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Daylight savings occurs from the end of September to the end of March where the clock is put forward and hour during these months.

Driving in New Zealand: It is important to remember that in New Zealand you drive on the LEFT side of the ride. Most car rental compaines will ask you for an international driver's license and will only hire vehicles to those over 21.

Check out our Map of New Zealand containing a summary of some of the main cities and places to visit in New Zealand.

Electricity: 240 volts, 50 hertz, with a three point plug.

Shopping Hours: Shops are generally open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm from and on Saturdays from 10am a 2pm. Some shops are open until 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays (Late night shopping).

Banks: Banks are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4:30pm. There are some banks that open on Saturday morning too.

Tips and Service Charges: Tips are not at all expected in New Zealand. Many people even refuse to accept the tip saying that it is their job.

Goods and Services Tax (GST): New Zealand has a 15% tax on all goods and services.

Health: It is safe to drink water straight from the taps. Medical services and NOT free for visitors so it is HIGHLY recommended to have travel Insurance before you visit New Zealand.

Public Telephones: Public Telephones are becoming increasing more difficult to find on the street so you may have to enter a call/internet center. The public telephones that you may find either accept credit cards or coins but never both.

Emergency Services: The New Zealand Emergency Number is 111 and is used to contact the police, the fire brigade and for ambulances.

Visas: At the moment, citizens from over 50 countries do not require a visitor's visa to New Zealand if they plan to stay for less than 3 months. For more information about visas, please visit

You can also find out at one of the New Zealand Embassies around the world

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