As a Southern Hemisphere country, New Zealand's seasons are the reverse of Europe and North America. Even though New Zealand is located in the South Pacific, at times it is far from tropical!
New Zealand's weather is variable. It is not uncommon to get "four seasons in one day". It is therefore recommended to carry clothing to suit any conditions - from rain to sun. You can do this by layering your clothing as frosty morning often turn into warm sunny days.
The north of the North Island is sub-tropical with warm humid weather. The south of the South Island is the first port of call for Antarctic blasts. This climate makes New Zealand one of the most picturesque and diverse countries in the world - alpine ranges, tropical rainforests and golden beaches, all in one place! In summer expect highs between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius, and lows in the mid-teens. To convert Celsius to Fahrenheit: multiply Celsius by 9 divide by 5 add 32 e.g. 20C. X 9 = 180, divide by 5 = 36, plus 32 = 68F.
New Zealand has one of the highest UV ratings in the world. Wear sunscreen and a hat whenever you are spending time outdoors, no matter what time of the year. New Zealand sun can burn even on a cloudy day.
Our currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). Denominations are: Coins: 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2. Notes: $5, $10, $20, $50, $100. All major credit cards are accepted and traveler's cheques are accepted at many hotels and tourist stores.
Banks are open between the hours of 9:30 and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. With a large network of ATMs, most stores have EFTPOS facilities. Most overseas credit cards can be used in NZ ATMs providing they have a 4 digit encoded pin number.
All Goods and Services in NZ are subject to a 15% Goods and Service Tax (GST). Generally prices are GST inclusive unless specifically stated.