New Zealand

For a trip to New Zealand, you need a valid visa. Which type is suitable for your travel plans and whether you can also enter New Zealand with an E-Visa depends on a number of factors. We support you in applying for your NZeTA for New Zealand.

Travel information

Country facts

Are you planning a vacation in New Zealand? You'll find majestic mountains, mysterious fjords, and lonely beaches in the midst of the rich Maori and Kiwi culture! But before you go, here's what to know about your trip to New Zealand.

Quick facts New Zealand

  • Location: South Pacific
  • Area: 269,652 km²
  • Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
  • Official languages: English, Māori, New Zealand Sign Language
  • Population: approx. 5.1 million
  • Capital city: Wellington

Climate in New Zealand

The climate in New Zealand is comparably mild but varies greatly from north to south and from season to season. Around the many coasts of New Zealand, there is a mild maritime climate. The north is subtropical, and in the south, you can expect an alpine climate with lows down to -10°C.

Landscape and nature in New Zealand

New Zealand is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, which means that the ground is constantly in motion. Marvel at volcanic activities such as hot springs and geysers, and educate yourself on the proper behavior during earthquakes.

In addition to volcanoes, New Zealand's landscape features mixed and rain forests, highland steppes, and glaciers. The unique wildlife of the island state includes the rare kakapo, the kiwi, the kea, various species of seals and sea lions, dolphins, whales, and penguins.

Entering New Zealand

For a trip to New Zealand, you need an NZeTA or visa. Also, check the current entry requirements for New Zealand before you travel.

Getting around New Zealand

In New Zealand, you will hardly find any well-built roads. Instead, your road trip through New Zealand will take you over romantic winding roads and adventurous mountain passes.

Therefore, when calculating travel times between sights and accommodations, always keep in mind that you will be moving much slower throughout New Zealand than on a highway or freeway, for example.


New Zealand has left-hand traffic!

Means of payment in New Zealand

You can use your credit card almost everywhere in New Zealand, and ATMs can be found on every corner.

Travel and safety tips for New Zealand

Since the local security situation can change spontaneously, keep up to date with current events and forecasts during your trip with the help of news and weather reports.

Health information for New Zealand

New Zealand's health care is well-developed and meets Western standards. Medical care is guaranteed in both large cities and smaller towns.

If you are bringing medication to New Zealand, you must include it on your entry form, known as the Arrival Card. The medication must also be transported in the original packaging, and you should carry the relevant medical prescription with you.

There are no mandatory vaccinations for entry into New Zealand, but the following vaccinations are recommended:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

Also, make sure that you have adequate health insurance coverage. Although it is not mandatory to have travel health insurance in New Zealand, you will have to cover all medical expenses by yourself in case of an emergency.

Protection of biodiversity in New Zealand

To protect the native flora and fauna, New Zealand has very strict import regulations for food, plants, seeds, and animal products. But even used sports and camping equipment, worn hiking boots as well as gardening tools are closely inspected.

Bringing pets to New Zealand is also subject to strict regulations. Usually, a quarantine of several days is necessary. There are also further regulations for certain species (e.g. ornamental fish), while other animals (e.g. ferrets, snakes, reptiles) may not be brought to New Zealand. For the latest information, please visit the website of the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Places of interest in New Zealand

New Zealand has breathtaking attractions that will have you swooning long after your trip is over. Succumb to the magic of mythical Cape Reinga on the Northernmost tip of the North Island, hike to New Zealand's highest mountain Aoraki, observe the diverse wildlife of Abel Tasman National Park, swim in the turquoise waves of the Bay of Islands, or stroll through the streets of the lively metropolis of Auckland!

Maori culture in New Zealand

Maori culture is an integral part of life in Aotearoa, as New Zealand is known in the language of its indigenous people. You'll probably pick up a few words like "Kia ora" ("Hello") or "Nau mai" ("Welcome") during your travels. Geographical names in New Zealand often carry an English name as well as a name in the indigenous Te Reo Maori language. Traditional dances such as the ancient war dance "Haka," songs, carvings, woven art, and body decoration in the form of tattoos also keep the Maori culture alive. While in New Zealand, also be sure to try "Hangi", a traditional dish prepared in an earth oven.