Facts about New Zealand

Facts about New Zealand

Here you will find practical information in connection with trips to New Zealand. Read e.g. about tips and price level.

  • Language: English
  • Capital: Wellington
  • Population: 4, 4 mill.
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Currency: New Zealand dollar
  • Surface: 268,838 km2

Worth knowing

When you come to New Zealand

Certain foods must not be brought into New Zealand. On special forms, you must indicate if you have any food with you. The authorities then decide whether the goods may be brought into the country. Upon arrival in New Zealand, all luggage is checked to verify that the information is correct. It may also be wise to wash off any soil from your shoes before departure, as the New Zealand authorities are very aware of bacteria and viruses that may be hiding there.

Time difference

The time difference between Sweden and New Zealand varies depending on whether Sweden or New Zealand has summer or winter time:

New Zealand summer time (October – March) +12 hours
Swedish summer time (March – October) +10 hours

Transport in New Zealand

Buses in New Zealand are of a good standard and have air conditioning – keep in mind that it can be good to bring a sweater / fleece jacket as the much-needed cool air can sometimes feel a little chilly.

Trains are of a good standard and are often an experience in themselves, as you often get even closer to New Zealand’s all fantastic nature.

On our round trips in New Zealand, we sometimes fly the longer distances with domestic flights. At check-in at the airport, the tour guide will in that case inform about all practicalities and flight times for the route in question.

Price level in New Zealand

The price level in New Zealand is basically the same as in Sweden. Normally it is a bit cheaper to eat out, but as in Sweden there are restaurants in all price categories.

How much pocket money you need can vary, but count on extra expenses for drinks, any entrances to museums, attractions and transport on the days when there is no booked program. The tour guide will inform about this on the trip.


In New Zealand, tips are given according to roughly the same principles as in Sweden: the recipient is happy to receive tips, but does not count on it.

For cruises, other rules apply, see the special program for your trip.

Currency and credit cards

The local currency is called the New Zealand dollar and is normally denominated in NZ $ or NZD. They can be bought at home or taken out at ATMs (which in New Zealand is called ATM) – which is about as common as in the Swedish cities. It can always be wise to bring a small amount of cash from home, so that you have the most necessary things. International credit cards can be used in major stores and restaurants throughout New Zealand.


New Zealand has 220/240 volts and the contacts have either three or two spikes. Most hotels have a limited number of adapters to lend, but if you have a great need for electricity (for example, camera charging, hair dryer or shaver), it may be wise to bring an adapter from home.

Telephone and internet

According to Allcitycodes, New Zealand International Phone Code is +64. If you need to call the police, fire brigade or ambulance, the number is 111.

The cities have good mobile coverage, but we can also travel through areas where it is not certain that there is any coverage. In New Zealand, dual-band is used, which means that Swedish mobile phones work here. Your mobile operator can inform you about the prices for incoming and outgoing calls and text messages.

Most hotels offer internet for a fee. In the cities there are also a large number of internet cafes which is often a cheaper alternative.

Drinking water and hygiene

The standard is the same as in Sweden and you do not need to take any special precautions. With a few exceptions, tap water is drinkable everywhere in New Zealand.

Customs and traditions

In general, “the kiwis” have a very relaxed attitude to life and their fellow human beings – so do not be surprised if you see people walking barefoot inside the grocery store. But of course the same rules of courtesy apply as in Sweden. Scandinavians often marvel at the greeting phrase “How are you?” (“How are you?”) – which in fact does not mean more than “hello”. No one expects a more detailed answer about how you feel that day.


During flight and transport, there is an absolute ban on smoking. In New Zealand, people really care about their nature and it is not easy to see that smokers ash on the ground (or that they throw other rubbish). Feel free to bring a small container for your ashes, so you can throw it away later.

In New Zealand, smoking is prohibited indoors in restaurants and other public places.

Facts about New Zealand