New Zealand North Island Adventure

New Zealand Sheep Farm

               From vibrant cities to serene countryside, New Zealand’s North Island is your destination to experience it all. This island is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re a natures enthusiast, a history buff, or a thrill-seeker, North Island has something for everyone. Before we dive into all there is to see and do, let’s first prepare for the trip of a lifetime. Here are some helpful tips to ensure your trip to New Zealand is all it can be.

 

Wellington, NZ
New Zealand Sheep Farm
Kawakawa Bay, NZ

Travel Documents: Naturally, your passport is a must-have, but remember that you’ll also require an NZeTA, regardless of your stay duration. This process is straightforward and can be completed online within minutes. While the official website mentions a potential 72-hour processing time, we received our approval mere minutes after submitting the application online. For stays exceeding three months, a visitor visa is necessary. To Apply: Visit https://nzeta.immigration.govt.nz/

Currency: New Zealand operates with the New Zealand dollar. Presently, 1 USD equates to approximately 1.67 NZD.

Climate: New Zealand’s seasons are opposite those of the USA. Summer spans from December to February, fall from March to May, winter from June to August, and spring from September to November. Our trip occurred during the winter season, and while it was chilly, we could still enjoy outdoor activities comfortably with appropriate attire. The North Island tends to be milder than the South.

Transportation: Opting to rent a car is ideal for navigation. Although the North Island isn’t expansive, travel between destinations takes time, and public transportation options are limited. A car provides the swiftest means of getting around. Bear in mind that in New Zealand, vehicles travel on the left side of the road, so acclimate yourself and drive cautiously. Be prepared for hilly and winding roads; travel durations can exceed map estimates.

Cuisine: New Zealand offers an array of seafood, and burgers are a culinary favorite. There are many delicious Asian restaurants, and breakfast spots were always tasty. Kiwis excel in crafting exceptional coffee!

Packing Essentials: Your packing list depends on your chosen time of year. Generally, spring and summer are mild, light jacket is still a good packing choice. North Island winters are relatively milder than those in the South, but some days can still be quite chilly – packing a coat and beanie is essential. Given New Zealand’s strong emphasis on outdoor activities, opt for casual wear, comfortable sneakers, and either hiking boots or other waterproof footwear. Remember to include a New Zealand adapter for your US appliances. The voltage in New Zealand is 240V; while most modern devices accommodate different voltages, always double-check.

We spent 10 days on our North Island New Zealand adventure. Although you can easily spend much more time exploring than 10 days. Nonetheless, we managed to see and do a lot during out time. In the following weeks, join us as we share our journey and share all the tips we gained along the way.

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