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Touring in NZ
Top New Zealand tips!
Tipping – Tipping is not a common practice in New Zealand, however, if you received great service and feel inclined, tipping will be accepted as a kind gesture. If you feel inclined to leave a tip, 10% - 15% is usually considered generous. Power Plugs – New Zealand and Australia share the same electrical power sockets, so an adapter is not necessary for Australian appliances when holidaying through New Zealand. Currency – The local currency is the New Zealand dollar which has similar denominations to the Australia dollar. If you are planning on using a credit or debit card on tour, make sure you let your bank know you will be out of the country to avoid being caught out or having your transactions blocked. Wildlife – Fun fact: there are no snakes in New Zealand, so you can wander through the national parks and native bushland without a worry!
What should I bring?
Waterproof Shoes – It is highly recommended to waterproof your shoes to ensure you are prepared for any weather event and to explore the outdoors on your New Zealand Tour. Comfortable shoes are advised. Layered Clothes – Even in winter make sure to pack some lighter layers. Heating indoors often means that warmer layers are not required, so it is important to make sure you are prepared for warm temperatures regardless of the season you travel in. Weatherproof Jacket – Regardless of your underlayers, it is recommended to bring along a weatherproof outer layer to protect you from the wind and the rain, should you come across any on your tour. Camera – New Zealand is one of the most scenic places on Earth, do not miss the chance to capture its beauty. Also make sure you bring along a charger or spare batteries, so you can be trigger-happy throughout your whole trip.
Don't miss these authentic experiences on tour!
Hangi – A Hangi is a traditional Maori method of cooking where the cooking process takes place in a pit dug in the ground. It is not only a customary cuisine, but a traditional experience while on your New Zealand holiday. Marmite – For a true New Zealand experience, trade in Vegemite for Marmite. Local Seafood – New Zealand is renowned for its seafood, so make sure you don’t miss out on some local oysters and mussels. For a real treat, order Bluff Oysters if you spot them on a menu! Whittaker’s Chocolate – This national treasure, though available to purchase in Australia, is best devoured in its local habitat. Local Wine – To truly immerse yourself in New Zealand wine country, don’t go past a Sauvignon Blanc from along the Marlborough trails. Also, be sure to stash a few bottles of Pinot Noir from the Central Otago region in your suitcase for your post-holiday blues!