3 Things You Must Know Before Traveling to New Zealand

One of the most interesting and easiest countries to visit is New Zealand. People with adventurous spirits will truly enjoy their vacations in New Zealand. This country tops the list of the world’s must-visit destinations due to its wilderness experiences, sweeping landscapes, and adrenalin activities. New Zealand is a naturally beautiful and picturesque country. The country has North and South islands and uncrowded landscapes that lure visitors with their glaciers, volcanoes, peaks, fjords, farmland, and long cost stretches.

Here is a list of top 5 things you should consider before traveling to New Zealand so that you can make your trip more enjoyable.

1.      Pack for Every Type of Weather:

You can expect to experience all four seasons in New Zealand in a day. The temperatures can greatly vary in the North and South islands. The weather can get very cold in the country, depending on what time of the year you visit. There are a lot of opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking and walking. So you must pack good shoes and casual clothes you can layer. You may see frequent rains near the glaciers of the South Island. People usually wear informal dresses on most occasions casual dressing is allowed at most bars, restaurants, and lodges of New Zealand. June to August are the winter months in New Zealand and December to February are the summer months. However, you can still expect a combination of warm, cold, windy, hot, and wet weather regardless of the season in which you visit the country. Therefore, you should pack a rain jacket as well. Some essentials you should pack are a warm hat, a hardy jacket, a long sleeve shirt, a T-shirt, casual pants, and some shorts.

2.      Don’t Forget to Obtain NZeTA:

All international visitors are now required to obtain New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization (NZeTA) before visiting the country. Visitors from visa waiver countries can still enter the country without the visa but NZeTA is made compulsory for them as well. It can take up to 72 hours to get your NZeTA approved. Moreover, you are also required to pay tourist tax before entering the country. The tourist tax also called the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL), will be collected when you apply for your NZeTA at https://www.newzealand-visa.org/. If you hold an Australian passport, you are exempt from obtaining NZeTA before visiting New Zealand. This authorization aims to strengthen the border security of the country. Once you obtain your NZeTL, it’s valid for two years and multiple visits to New Zealand.

3.      Don’t Bring Your Food:

The country has strict customs and biosecurity laws that you must adhere to. These laws are meant to prevent the invasion and growth of pests and diseases. All international travelers are required to declare all the food items in their luggage before going through immigration. Therefore, you should leave the food at home, especially the most edible items such as fruits, nuts, plants or animal products. If you plan to bring adventure products such as tents and hiking boots that you have already used before, make sure you clean each of those items carefully before packing and declare them at customs. You must check the customs website of New Zealand to obtain a comprehensive list of items you can’t bring to this country. Heavy fines can be imposed for not declaring your items that unknowingly be carrying alien species.