New Zealand is an island country located in the South Pacific Ocean. It is composed of two main islands, the North Island and the South Island.

The country is very remote and is among the last habitable land by humans. New Zealand is a country of huge contrasts. There are active volcanoes, glacier lakes, caves, verdant valleys, and long sandy beaches. The country is very beautiful.

The country is home to unique wildlife not found anywhere else in the world. Kiwis are only found in New Zealand.

The capital city is Wellington.

New Zealand is famous as the adventure capital of the world. Popular activities include camping,  skydiving, hiking, caving, bungee jumping, and skiing.  Backpacking is very popular in the country.

The official languages are English, New Zealand Sign Language, and Maori.

The currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZD).

Tips for First-Time Visitors

When to Visit

The best time to visit is during the summer. The summer is from December to January. It is busier and more expensive than other seasons.

If you are planning a winter vacation, the best months to visit are from June to August. Ski resorts require booking in advance.

If you are on a budget, the cheapest months to visit are from April to May and September to October. 

What to Wear and What to Pack

During summer, lighter cotton clothes are recommended and during winter warmer clothes are recommended. It is advisable to pack an umbrella or a light raincoat. A good pair of walking or hiking boots are recommended.


Lamb, mutton, seafood, and meat pies are very popular in the country. A meal will cost you between 20 and 25 NZD.


Hostels are very popular among visitors. A night in a hostel will cost 20-30 NZD per night. Many hostels offer free WiFi.

Airbnb is available, private rooms start from 62 NZD per night.


Buses are a popular way to get around the country. There are many long-distance companies. If you are on a budget, the bus is the best option. Some buses have free WiFi onboard.

There is a ferry service between the North and South Islands.

Things to do in New Zealand

Try bungee jumping

If you enjoy an adrenaline rush, the 500ft Nevis Bungy Jump outside Queenstown will do the trick.

Go skydiving

Skydiving is very popular in the country. Lake Taupo is one of the most fascinating places to skydive. It provides a spectacular backdrop as you hurtle towards land from 15,000 feet. It costs around 279 NZD to jump from 12,000 feet and 359 NZD from 15,000 feet. Other popular skydiving spots are Lake Wanaka and Franz Josef.

Visit Abel Tasman National Park

This national park has dense jungles with numerous hiking trails and sea kayaking. Entry is free.

Watch a live rugby match

Rugby is the country’s national sport. The All Blacks are the most successful rugby team in international rugby.

Explore Wellington

The capital has amazing architecture, cultural activities, and amazing nightlife. There are botanic gardens, museums, and the Lord of the Rings studio.

Visit Stewart Island

It is an island found south of the South Island. It is a natural paradise. Kiwis can be spotted during the daytime. The island is great for hiking and bird watching.

Relax in Rotorua

Rotorua is located on the North Island and is renowned for its Maori cultural haka dances and sulfurous odor. There are numerous thermal spas for relaxation. The New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts has an impressive display of traditional Maori arts and crafts.

Watch Dolphins and Whales

The best months to watch dolphins and whales are from October to March. There are humpback whales, orcas, and sperm whales. A tour will cost you around 60-150 NZD.

Travel to Hobbiton

New Zealand is the location for both the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. There is a tour that starts with a drive through a 1,250-acre sheep farm that offers epic views over the Kaimai Ranges. You can explore Bag End, explore the hobbit holes, and visit the Green Dragon Inn. The tours start from 89 NZD.

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