New Zealand

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Travel information about New Zealand

New Zealand is a country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean comprised of 2 islands both marked by volcanoes and glaciations. It has a total area of 268,021 km2 (103,483 sq mi) and an estimated population of 4,834,380. The forests are dominated by birds since it lacks mammalian predators. It is also one of the best hiking destinations of the world sublime forests, mountains, lakes, beaches, and fiords are gathered.

Capital city of New Zealand: Wellington

Closest neighbors to New Zealand: Neighboring countries of New Zealand are Australia, Fiji, and Tonga.

Best times to visit New Zealand: There is no bad time to visit New Zealand. Summer (December, January, and February) is the busiest time of year. Fall (March, April, and May) is one of the best times to visit. Crowds are thinned and the weather is amazing. Winter (June, July, and August) is the best time for skiing.

How to get to New Zealand: There are no direct flights from Ireland to New Zealand; you will have to travel via the UK. Scheduled direct flights from the US and Canada to New Zealand are served.

Visa requirements for New Zealand: Visa-free for 3 months for US citizens but a passport valid for 3 months is required.

Currency of New Zealand: New Zealand dollar ($) (NZD) is the currency of New Zealand.

Official Language of New Zealand: English and Māori are the official languages of New Zealand.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in New Zealand

There are 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in New Zealand and 8 on their tentative list.

Natural (2)

  • New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands (1998)
  • Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand (1990)

Mixed (1)


Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.


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