New Zealand

Each year New Zealand becomes more popular as an international travel destination. It is a land of contrasts, from pristine wilderness areas to modern and sophisticated cities. New Zealand also enjoys an international reputation for being safe and friendly. English is the spoken language and the good exchange rate to the New Zealand dollar means that you will get value for money when you arrive.


New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere, so the seasons are the opposite of those in the Northern Hemisphere. Summer is December to February whilst winter is June to August. The average summer temperature is 22° Celsius (72° Fahrenheit), and the average winter temperature is 9° Celsius (48° Fahrenheit).

Passports and Visas

All visitors require a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after their intended departure. A Visa is not required for most visitors travelling to New Zealand for a stay of less than 3 months. You should check with your local New Zealand embassy or consulate for the latest information.

Banking and Business Hours

Many businesses and all banks operate only Monday to Friday. Banking hours are 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday and are closed on public holidays. Increasingly, stores in major cities are extending their hours through to Saturday and Sunday. Those stores catering largely to visitors are open every day, often with extended hours. Most petrol stations are open every day.

Goods and Services Tax (GST)

All goods and services (including car rentals) purchased in New Zealand are subject to 12.5% Goods and Services tax. This is usually included in the price, although some hotels and restaurants say quote prices excluding GST.

Currency Exchange Rates

Use the Currency Calculator to view the latest exchange rates.

Driving Distances

Use the New Zealand Distance Calculator to estimate driving distances between New Zealand destinations.

Further Information

Further information about New Zealand can be found at the New Zealand Tourism Guide and sites. We are a member of the popular link exchange network called the New Zealand Entry Network.

If you have any questions about New Zealand car hire, please contact us for more information.

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