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New Zealand Visitor Information
Businesses hours Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5pm; tourist agencies/airlines have longer hours. Fuel stations/large supermarkets often 24 hours, shops 9am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday, reduced hours at the weekend; dairies 7am-7pm daily.
NZ$ is 100 cents. Coins: 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 & $2. Notes: $5, $10, $20, $50 & $100.
Banks open Monday-Friday 9.30am-4.30pm (except public holidays). ATMs operate on a card/PIN number. Cash can be withdrawn 24/7.
Goods & Services Tax (GST)
GST is 12.5% (usually incl in advertised price).
NZ uses metric system.
Tipping, Service Charges
Tipping is not expected.
NZ�s AC electricity supply operates at 230/240 volts, 50 hertz.
Emergencies Dial 111
Emergency services - FREE CALL
(and state police, fire or ambulance) - 111
Local operator - 010
International operator - 0170
NZ directory assistance -018
International directory assistance - 0172
National direct dialing full area code (with the 0 prefix) and local number. International direct dialling 00 followed by country code, area code and local number.
Use phone cards (sold from many outlets) for payment. Phone directory gives detailed instructions.
Health facilities have a high standard of treatment & care.
Accident Compensation/ Personal Insurance
Visitors are covered by a Government-run scheme (ACC) for personal injury by accident, but not for medical treatment for illness.
Available from chemists 9-5.30pm; urgent dispensaries outside these hours. To bring pharmaceuticals into NZ a certificate for Customs is advised. Drugs sold by chemists in other countries are often not available without a prescription.
Warmest months are December - March; winter June - August. Northern NZ is subtropical, South temperate.
NZ has a high level of UV radiation. Wear sunglasses & hat; use sunblock if outdoors, even if overcast.
Bites and Stings
No dangerous wildlife, 2 poisonous spiders with serious bites, but rarely fatal.
Tap water is safe to drink (chlorinated/ fluoridated in cities). Boil or treat river/lake water.
Provisions for Travellers with Special Needs
Check with Disability Resource Centres, Enable New Zealand , National Office: Ph: 0-6-952 0011 Email:email@example.com
Broadcasts 24/7. Sky TV available to subscribers.
Tourist Information FM, (English 88.2FM; German 100.4FM; Japanese 100.8FM).
Purchase stamps from NZ Post shops, supermarkets, bookstores, grocery shops.
All banks & many businesses close on public holidays; all shops are closed on Christmas Day & Good Friday except for dairies & petrol stations.
Visitor Information Network
Look for the green i-SITE logo.
Driving in New Zealand
Driving licences, information on NZ road rules, are available from AA, who provide road maps & breakdown service. Free reciprocal membership privileges are offered to members of equivalent overseas organisations.