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New Zealand information
About New Zealand
The languages that are typically spoken are English and M?ori
New Zealand uses the New Zealand dollar (symbol: $), code NZD.Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 dollars. Dollar is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 dollars and 50, 20 and 10 cents.
Automatic teller machines are very common in New Zealand. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in New Zealand is on average 9.3 Mbps. WiFi coverage in New Zealand is very high. Most hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
You can buy a SIM card for about 36.40 NZD, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: 2degrees (2°), Spark or Vodafone. New Zealand uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in New Zealand upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call New Zealand, dial +, then 64 (the country code for New Zealand), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within New Zealand, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 3 .
In New Zealand you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 100 km/h (62 mph) on motorways, 100 km/h (62 mph) on expressways, 30-60 km/h (18-37 mph) in all built-up areas and 80-100 km/h (49-62 mph) on undivided highways.
Import and export information
All items on the prohibited to import list.
Tobacco:50 grams of tobacco or cigars; or
Tobacco:A mixture of all three weighing not more than 50 grams.
Other items:New goods obtained overseas (excluding alcohol and tobacco) which have a total combined value of NZD$700.
Other items:Personal effects such as clothing and jewellery. These must not be intended to be sold or gifted.
Other items:Personal cameras and accessories.
Other items:Portable musical instruments.
Other items:Portable radio receivers.
Other items:Cellular or mobile phones.
Other items:Laptops and accessories.
Other items:Baby carriages and strollers.
Other items:Sporting equipment.
Other items:Prescription medication should be kept in its original packaging, and accompanied by a note from the prescribing doctor outlining the purpose of the medication, the condition it has been prescribed for, and the quantity needed during the traveller's visit.
Other items:Human ashes are not restricted, however they must be declared. It is recommended that they are accompanied by the relevant death or cremation certificate.
Other items:Gifts worth NZD$110 or less can be imported free of charge. If presents are for more than one person, each person can receive NZ $110, but the identity of each recipient must be clearly established.
Other items:Goods residents have taken with them when leaving thecountry. If in doubt about re-importing an item, a Certificate of Exportcan be acquired on departure.
Other items:Service dogs are not subject to the same import controls as pet dogs.
Other items:Heirlooms if not for resale can be brought in under an heirloomconcession. Evidence such as a solicitor's letter confirming thebequest may be required.
Chewing tobacco for the purpose of sale.
Cloned or hybrid human embryos.
Cannabis utensils such as bongs and hash pipes.
Certain dog-tracking devices are prohibited. For further information, please visit the New Zealand Customs ServiceProhibited imports.
Dangerous dog breeds, including their semen, ova, or embryos. These breeds are:American Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa, Brazilian Filaand Perro de Presa Canario. Any other dog imported into New Zealand will require a declaration that the dog is not one of the above breeds, and a certificate from a registered veterinarian in the country of export that they have no reason to doubt that the dog is not one of the above breeds.
Goods with a misleading label containing a false or misleading representation as to their quality and country of origin.
Motor vehicles with an incorrect or absent odometer.
Objectionable material including, but not limited to, films, computer games, DVDs, and posters. For further information, please visit the New Zealand Customs ServiceProhibited imports.
Many goods are considered unsafe and are subject to strict controls. Those that do not comply are prohibited from import. For further information, please visit the New Zealand Customs ServiceProhibited imports.
Hunting rifles require a Police Permit to Import. For further information, please visit the New Zealand Police Visitor's firearms licence and import permits.
All agricultural food and plant items must be declared. Many are restricted, and some are prohibited. For further information, please visit the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
Antarctic toothfish and Patagonian toothfish are prohibited, unless the importer has a valid catch document. For further information, please visit the MPI Fisheries Infosite.
Brushes that contain animal hair or bristle require permission from the MPI.
Chemical weapons and chemicals that may be used in the manufacture of chemical weapons require permission from theMinistry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).
Controlled drugs for the purpose of treating a medical condition require a licence from the Ministry of Health, unless the traveller is covered by an exemption. Most cannabis based pharmaceuticals are prohibited, with the exception of Marinol, Syndros, and Cesamet. For further information, please visit the Ministry of HealthBringing medicines into New Zealand.
Certain products made from endangered species such as medicines and fur skins require import approval. For further information, please visit the Department of Conservation (DOC)The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
Explosives, such as fireworks and flares, are strictly controlled and require import permits. For further information, please visit the Environmental and Protection Authority (EPA)Explosives.
Hazardous waste and substances and are restricted, and require a permit for import. For further information please visit the EPAImporting and manufacturing hazardous substances.
Ozone depleting substances require approval from the EPA.
Laser pointers with a power output of 1 milliwatt or more require consent from theMinistry of Health (MOH).
The importation of marine mammals is restricted. For further information, please visit DOC.
Persistent organic pollutants require import permits from the EPA.
Children's crayons, finger paints and watercolour paints require import permits from the EPA.
Radio jamming equipment requires a licence from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). For further information, please visit MBIE Radio Spectrum Management.
Radioactive materials require approval from the Ministry of Health. For further information, please visit MOHRadiation safety.
Bluefin Tuna requires a catch document confirming that it was legally caught. For further information please visit theCommission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna.
Trout and trout products require a permit to import from DOC.
Certain tyres are subject to restrictions by MBIE.
Rough diamonds are subject to sanctions by the United Nations, and require permission from MFAT to be imported.
weapons such as firearms, knives, and knuckledusters are restricted, and some are prohibited. For further information, please visit the New Zealand Customs ServiceProhibited imports.
All pets are subject to importation requirements, and some are prohibited. For further information, please visit the New Zealand Customs ServiceClearance of Cats and Dogs.
It is recommended that travellers are up to date on routine vaccinations including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shots.
As hepatitis A outbreaks occur throughout the world and sometimes in countries with a low risk for hepatitis A, travellers should consult with their doctor prior to travel to see if the hepatitis A vaccine is necessary.
A hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for those who may have sexual contact with a new partner, who may get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.