New Zealand Information

Some background information on New Zealand

Welcome to New Zealand's comprehensive online travel guide.

New Zealand travel guide AucklandIf you are thinking of travelling to New Zealand we can help provide you with all the information you need to know before you get here. From visa information to which side of the road to drive on and what time of year New Zealand is best to visit, the New Zealand Travel Guide has the information you need - your travel and tourism guide for planning your trip to New Zealand.

You already know how ridiculously photogenic New Zealand is. The otherworldly peaks and valleys of Middle Earth brought this not-so-hidden secret to the world with good reason. But these views are no Hollywood-crafted mirage- they are the real deal, and certain to take your breath away.

On top of their looks, the islands’ rich Maori culture, passion for rugby, sheep outnumbering people, and exquisite sauvignon blanc create a country that defies even the most imaginative adventurers’ expectations.

But it’s not all look and don’t touch. In New Zealand, adventure sports rule. This is, after all, a nation so dedicated to doing odd things with bits of rubber and plastic that it invented bungee jumping, black-water rafting and zorbing. Whether you’re climbing the Fox glacier or skydiving over a stunning patchwork of mountains and fields, New Zealand is certain to get adrenaline coursing through your veins.

And there’s another aspect of Aotearoa – as New Zealand is known to Maori people - that keeps people coming back for more. The average Kiwi wants you to have a really, really good time. It is in the interactions with exuberant, everyday Kiwis that lasting memories will be made. As a Maori proverb suggests: He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! (What is the most important thing in the world? It is people! It is people!).

Kiwis love sharing their spectacular country with visitors and in turn seeing it anew through foreign eyes. They never tire of being reminded of the rugged beauty of their beaches, mountains, fiords, glaciers, native forests and thermal regions. And once you experience these natural highlights, you won’t tire of reminding them.

This is your premier travelguide for New Zealand!


Arrival Formalities

Stuff about visas, immigration and all that jazz - and what to do on arrival. Customs, duty free and getting away from the airport. Let me warn you about our customs inspectors - they have sharp eyes, and sharper fangs. This info could prevent you being arrested or fined on arrival.


Getting Around

New Zealand travel guide rental carWhether travelling by road, rail, air or sea, transport is one of your biggest costs and therefore one of the major decisions to be made. If you want to rent a car in New Zealand you could spend a long time trawling the net looking at options and finish up totally confused.

Get expert local advice by visiting The Rental Car Guide.

Here's the problem: New Zealand car rental is unlike most other places in the world because the country is split into two islands with a sizeable stretch of water between.

Taking a car across Cook Strait is expensive. Some rental companies allow you to drop a vehicle in Wellington and collect another in Picton (or vice versa). Some don't.

Along with a host of other complications it means if you are trying to sort out car rental in New Zealand you may need a cup of tea and a lie down long before you've figured it all out.

Find out more about New Zealand car rental at The Rental Car Guide.


Where To Go, What To See, What to Do

A regional guide to sight seeing in New Zealand. All about why you're coming here, will help you answer the question "Where do I go, why would I go and what will I see?".



Where to lay your weary head at the end of another long, hard day enjoying yourself. We compare everything from new accommodation to historical farmstays.


Other Useful Websites

A collection of travel related links, both New Zealand and international, that you may find useful.