Things To Know Before Visiting New Zealand

These are the ultimate travel tips for traveling in New Zealand. I wish I had this list before I went to NZ for the first time!

Hayley Anderson

, Australia

  • Traveling through the summer time (December - February) is more expensive and a lot busier than winter. Camper hire is double the price in summer.
  • Traveling in a camper van is the best way to explore the island. I HIGHLY recommend this, as you really can immerse yourself in nature your entire trip. Its an incredible way to see the island.
  • Book your camper van in advance as they book out fast!
  • Freedom camping is accessible in many areas as long as you are a self contained vehicle. Click here for all important information you need to know about freedom camping .
  • Download the CamperMate app to help assist you in finding the best camp spots whether it be paid campsites or freedom camp spots. We found this app extremely useful I highly recommend! Download here .
  • Peak Lupin season is between November and December months and are best seen around Lake Tekapo and Pukaki.
  • There are plenty of Hot Springs to visit around the South Island that require booking in advance. We missed out on visiting any as they were all booked out.
  • Customs can be strict and will check over your documents & declaration forms very thoroughly. We had our bags scanned through customs entering NZ even though we hadn’t declared anything.
  • Pack for all seasons, even if it is summer. Days can get cold and rainy. We experienced 3 cold and rainy days.
  • It is the land of the sandflies so don’t forget bug spray!!
  • Wear sunscreen! The sun is really harsh and will burn you easily. My face got burnt a couple of times just being out in the sun for 30 minutes without sunscreen.
  • SIM cards are easy to purchase. There are phone stores in the airport after baggage collection. We bought a SIM card with Vodafone.
  • Fergburger is worth the trip to NZ alone! Honestly best burger I have ever had! Order online and pick up to save yourself lining up for an hour.
  • New Tourist Tax will be implemented this year (2019). $NZ35 for all tourists entering the country (Australians exempt). You can read more about this here .