Do I need a visa to come to NZ?
Most citizens from international destinations will have no problem obtaining a 30 day tourist visa on arrival to the country but we recommend you check your eligibility. Immigration NZ has a handy tool for searching your eligibility for a visa which can be accessed by pasting the the following link into your search bar: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas
Can I drive using my existing drivers license?
New Zealand allows visitors to drive on it’s roads using their foreign license for up to 12 months without having to convert to a New Zealand license. More information on driving in New Zealand is available here: https://www.nzta.govt.nz/driver-licences/new-residents-and-visitors/driving-on-nz-roads/
What happens if I get sick and don’t have medical insurance?
New Zealand has good medical facilities and services available through public and private healthcare providers. Most towns have an accident and emergency clinic. where anyone can go without an appointment. Visitis to doctor’s at these clinics and prescriptions are very affordable however; we strongly recommend taking out a travel medical insurance policy in case of any need for specialist treatment or hospitalisation.
How hard is it for visitors to get a fishing license?
Obtaining a fishing license in New Zealand is a very simple process that won’t take more than 5 minutes. This can be done online, over the phone or in person at most sporting goods retail outlets. If purchased in person you will be given your license immediately. If purchased online or over the phone, you will be given a confirmation code which can act as a fishing license in lieu of a physical license. There are various options and costs based on the amount of time you are going to be staying in New Zealand and fishing. Fishing without a license is considered poaching and the penalties are not worth the risk. To obtain a license or for more information on fishing in New Zealand simply visit: https://fishandgame.org.nz/
Do I need a club membership or handicap to be able to play on NZ golf courses?
You do not need a club membership or handicap to play on New Zealand’s golf courses. You can play at the majority of courses as a green fee player. However; If you do not have a handicap you will not be able to win any prizes in competitions or tournaments (but you may still be asked to join in for fun on the day.)
What is the currency in NZ? How does it compare to other major currencies?
New Zealand has its own currency, the New Zealand dollar. The value typically sits a little lower than the Canadian and Australian dollar. You can compare the value of the New Zealand dollar to your home country here: https://www.xe.com/
Where are the major airports in NZ?
New Zealand’s main international airport is in the North Island at Auckland. Flights from overseas to other New Zealand cities usually go via Auckland. Christchurch is the major airport in the South Island. There are some direct flights to Christchurch from overseas but most are via Auckland. There are many small domestic airports in New Zealand with frequent flights. Air travel in general is; simple, afffordable and safe. There is no Customs or Immigration clearance on internal flights. There are a few NZ destinations where there is no competiton and only one airline servicing the airport, these flights can be more expensive. For cheap domestic flights in New Zealand we would recommend looking at: https://grabaseat.co.nz/