Planning A Trip To New Zealand: Everything You Need To Know

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So you are planning a trip to New Zealand in the near future? Awesome!

This real-life Middle Earth will have everything you ever want and will leave you with an urge to come back asap and explore even more.

Even though the country is far away, it’s actually quite easy to travel to New Zealand and to get around. However, there are still some things you need to know about New Zealand that might surprise you or you didn’t realise.


Do you have more questions about your upcoming New Zealand holiday? Leave a comment below or send me a message, and I'll help you as best as I can.

Here is your complete guide of things you need to know about planning a trip to New Zealand!

Before travelling to New Zealand

Do I need a visa for New Zealand?

If you have a passport of a country that is on the visa waiver list, the answer is no. This counts as long as you’re not planning to stay longer than three months (6 for UK citizens) and aren’t going to work.

Important update: From 01 October 2019, any visitors from countries on the visa waiver list need now to request a NZETA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) prior to arrival.
If you complete the request via Immigration New Zealand’s app, it will be cheaper than doing it via their website.

For the complete information and step-by-step instruction on how to apply, please read my guide to NZeTA and IVL!

If your country is not on this list or you want to stay in New Zealand for longer than 3 months (6 months if you are a British citizen), you will have to apply for a visitor visa. This could take a few months, so make sure you apply early enough.

Have a look at the article from The Atlas Heart, if you are looking into getting a Working Holiday Visa as an American or from one of the other eligible countries.

How to travel to New Zealand

Being an island far away from everything else, the fastest and easiest way is by plane. Air New Zealand is the much-loved national carrier and flies to about 19 countries.

Other than Air New Zealand, many major airlines fly to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Apart from Europe and South Africa, which are the furthest away, New Zealand can be reached with one non-stop flight, as for example from Los Angeles to Auckland.

Another possibility to get to New Zealand is by cruise ship. If you have some more time to travel, this would be a lovely option from Australia or even from South East Asia!

Find your flight to New Zealand

How long does it take to fly to New Zealand?

Qatar Airlines is currently holding the world record for the longest flight distance from Doha to Auckland, which takes just over 18 hours.

Europe is pretty much on the other side of the world and depending on the travel route, getting to New Zealand takes about 24 hours of pure flight time.

From the US West Coast, it takes about 13 hours (plus about 7 hours if flying from the East Coast).

China to New Zealand costs you about 14 hours as well

Air New Zealand business class is such an amazing experience that will make you feel like those hours are flying, literally.

Those beaches are definitely worth the flight: Raglan

Those beaches are definitely worth the flight: Raglan

When is the best time to visit New Zealand? What will the weather be like?

There is no right answer to this question. It all really depends what you are looking for in your trip. For the best weather in New Zealand, you would have to put up with the most tourists. Whereas there are less people travelling as soon as high season dies down but the chances for heavier rain are higher. It has to be said, though, that this is New Zealand and just because rain is in the forecast doesn’t mean it’s raining all day. The country is famous for its “3 seasons in 1 day”. Often it’s intervals of rain and sun and if it’s raining now, just wait 10 minutes and check again.

Here’s a little comparison of what to expect of the visitor number and weather in New Zealand in each season:

Spring (September to November)

Weather: There’s still a chance of snow in the mountains and it can be quite chilly, especially in the South Island, but the days are getting longer and warmer. Spring is generally quite a windy time.

Tourists: Shoulder season, which makes it less crowded and there is often no pre-reservation needed for accommodation and activities.

Spring in Ponsonby, Auckland

Spring in Ponsonby, Auckland

Summer (December to February)

Weather: Warm and humid all through the country. It’s the time of the pohutakawa trees (often called “New Zealand Christmas Tree” because they flower around this time) and the least rain falls. Officially, the best month is considered February.

Tourists: Summer is a very busy time in New Zealand. It not only has the most tourists in this time, but also the Kiwis themselves are on their big christmas break between December and January. It’s very difficult to find accommodation and I strongly advise you to plan and book ahead! It’s also the most expensive season of them all.

Kiwi summer in Mission Bay, Auckland

Kiwi summer in Mission Bay, Auckland

Fall (March to May)

Weather: Similar to spring, fall can be changeable weather-wise. Nature in the North Island stays mostly green, apart from a few trees. In the South Island you can witness a beautiful Indian Summer with forests of colorful trees if you’re lucky. First snow can fall in the mountains.

Tourists: Fall is still a popular season, although it does see less travellers than Summer.

Winter (June to August)

Weather: Winter is the rainiest time of the year. In addition, it can get cold (around 0* C on the North Island and minus on the South Island). Snow falls in the mountains on both islands.

Tourists: Unsurprisingly, winter is the least popular time to visit New Zealand. But if you’re into winter sports, you should still consider travelling during winter. There are not that many places in the world where you can ski on an active volcano. Ruapehu in the North Island is the biggest ski area in New Zealand and Queenstown’s ski fields are the most famous ones.

Skiing on Mt. Ruapehu in late winter

Skiing on Mt. Ruapehu in late winter

Personally, I prefer the shoulder seasons in spring and fall to travel around New Zealand. And I love skiing, which is why I don’t dislike winter too much, either. But I do try to avoid travelling from mid-December to end of February because I find it just too crowded and expensive.

Travel Insurance

Unlike most other countries, ACC insurance covers some injuries when you had an accident, even when you’re a tourist. However, I still strongly suggest you buy a travel insurance for New Zealand before you leave your home, as there might be some incidents that aren’t covered.

A very good travel insurance is the one by World Nomad’s. It’s made by travellers for travellers. Find your perfect travel policy here


New Zealand’s electricity runs on 230 / 240 volts. The power plugs are angled with two or three pins. Unless you are visiting from Australia, you will have to use an adaptor for your electronic devices.

New Zealand and Australia power plug

New Zealand and Australia power plug


How long does it take to travel around New Zealand?

In the end, that’s completely up to you and how much time you have. I would advise that, at the very minimum, you take 2 weeks. If you only have this long, the best idea is probably to take part in a tour (so you don’t need to drive) or to only visit one of the islands.

But to really see more of New Zealand, you need at least 3 weeks and 4 or more are even better. You’re flying really far from most places in the world to get here, so do take your time to take it all in. You won’t regret it!

I’ve put together some itineraries for you to help you plan your trip to New Zealand. Here are some ideas for 2 weeks in the North Island and 2 weeks in the South Island.

What to pack

New Zealand is a very casual nation. While you will see some fancy outfits in the cities, the majority prefer to dress practical. So unless you plan on partying along Ponsonby Road in Auckland or need an instagrammable outfit, I suggest you leave your fancy dress at home.

Instead you will be likely to wear jeans and t-shirts, outdoor clothes and sneakers.

The temperature often varies in New Zealand, so my best advice is to wear layers. Especially us women who often feel warm and then freezing cold again if a little bit of wind blows.

Packing for a long weekend away

Packing for a long weekend away

And two another important items you will be very likely to need: Rain jacket and waterproof shoes! The weather often changes within minutes and without much notice it might be pouring down. Since it’s often windy, you can leave your umbrella at home (unless it’s a Blunt, they are storm proof) and are better off with just a rain jacket.

Waterproof shoes are of importance when going for walks. As I said, it rains often here in New Zealand, and even not very challenging walks can get very muddy. I’m not talking hiking boots (though they work too of course) but there are some really sneaker-looking waterproof trail runners on the market.

I can’t even remember how often I get envious glances to my GoreTex shoes on those walks.

Arriving in New Zealand

The moment I landed in my new home country New Zealand

Don't be afraid of New Zealand immigration

As long as you obey their rules, the immigration officers are really nice and happy to answer your questions, should you be unsure about something.

To protect the fragile New Zealand environment, there are a few items that are strictly forbidden to bring into the country. Sometimes it could be that an officer allows certain items, but if you’re not sure, rather don’t pack it than risking either having to throw it away or getting fined for it.

Forbidden items


  • Anything that is or contains fruit

  • All honey and even honey products!

  • Eggs, milk, any kind of meat, fish and cheese

Note that chocolate and pretty much anything made of sugar is fine to bring into the country, as long as it doesn’t contain bee product.

If you consider to buy Manuka Honey as a New Zealand souvenir, however, there will not be a problem exporting it (as long as you’re not travelling to Australia)

No honey or bee products can be brought into New Zealand

No honey or bee products can be brought into New Zealand


Plants and seeds and wood

No plants or seeds are to be taken into New Zealand. Plants could carry diseases and seeds of non-native plants could become pest, overgrow and kill all the fauna. Ok, so maybe I exaggerated a little, but the risk actually exists.

It’s similar for wood and wooden products like souvenirs. If you’re unsure, either don’t even buy them or if you do, don’t forget to declare them.

Dirty shoes and outdoor equipment

You should have seen me in my hotel room in Bangkok, desperately trying to scrub 6 weeks of South East Asian mud from my hiking shoes with hand soap, my bare hands and toilet paper.

It was a mess!

But, if you want to bring your own outdoor equipment to New Zealand, you better make sure they are all spotlessly clean because no one wants their expensive gear confiscated. Make sure to always declare your outdoor gear, no matter how clean it is.

It’s very important that no foreign soil is coming into the country. One of the most recent and devastating plant diseases, kauri dieback, has most likely been imported from overseas.

Clean vs dirty. Make sure your shoes are spotless when entering New Zealand

Clean vs dirty. Make sure your shoes are spotless when entering New Zealand


Weapons and drugs

That you mustn’t bring any kinds of weapon and drugs with should be common sense.

What can I bring into New Zealand?

There are a few things that are still fine to bring to New Zealand. If it is food, it has to be

  • Commercially prepared and packaged

  • Shelf-stable

  • unopened

Alcohol and tobacco duty-free

While the New Zealand government is surprisingly generous with the amount of alcohol allowed to bring into the country, they do drive a hard line with tobacco. It’s the government’s goal to have a smoke-free New Zealand by 2025 and they are meaning it!

Alcohol duty-free

  • 4.5 litres of wine or beer, and

  • 3 bottles of spirits or liqueur, each bottle can hold up to 1.125 litre

Not bad, am I right? If you do end up bringing the full allowed amount of alcohol, you probably run out of space for your clothes ;-)

Tobacco duty-free

  • 50 cigarettes (= 2 regular packages!)

  • 50 grams of tobacco product

  • 50 grams of cigars, or

  • A mixture of all above, as long as it’s not more than 50 grams

On top of this, it costs a small fortune to buy tobacco products. Because of all the restrictions, many people have taken up vaping instead.

Prescription medicines

You will need to show to the customs officers

  • a copy of the medicine’s prescription or a letter from your doctor stating that you're being treated with the medicine

  • the medicine in its original pharmacy container, with your name on the label and strength and dosage details shown

  • no more than 3 months supply (except for oral contraceptives, where a 6 month supply is OK).

Tip: Just declare everything you bring into New Zealand. It’s better and cheaper to have something unnecessary declared than not mentioning something and then having to pay a fine.

If you’re still unsure, best visit the official biosecurity and immigration websites. If you’re curious what you have to answer on the immigration card that will be handed to you in the plane before landing, click here

Getting from the airport to town

Every international airport in New Zealand has a public bus that runs from the airport to the city. They operate on a frequent timetable to make sure you always have a connection.

The bus services are operated by the following companies:

Skybus will bring you from Auckland airport to the city center

Skybus will bring you from Auckland airport to the city center

WIFI and phone reception

Wifi in hotels, backpackers and cafes are usually available. However, unlike other countries, you usually have to pay for your internet connection in New Zealand and more often than not, the connection is not the fastest.

Personally, I prefer to buy a SIM card whenever I arrive in a new country, since I not only have internet at hand but am also able to call hotels for reservations. It is important that your phone isn’t SIM locked by your contract, or you won’t be able use your phone. Skinny, Vodaphone, Spark and 2Degrees are the companies to turn to for SIM cards, and all of them offer holiday packages.

Good phone and internet reception is still a bit of an issue in New Zealand. While there won’t be a problem in cities and tourist places, as soon as you leave them you often find yourself out of reception range. It might be a bit difficult to get used to at first, but it’s actually quite nice to be off the grid for a couple days.

Travel budget for New Zealand

I must admit that New Zealand is not a low budget destination. Depending on where you’re coming from, life and travel can be as or even more expensive than at home. To give you an idea on typical average costs, I’ve listed you some you can calculate with

  • Rental car: NZD 45 to 70 per day for a compact car (low to high season)

  • Motorhome: NZD 90 to 300 per day for a 4-bed campervan (low to high season)

  • Petrol: NZD 1.80 to 2.20 per litre (91 octane)

  • Backpackers in private room with shared bathroom: NZD 50 - 100 per night/room

  • 3 - 4* hotel / motel: NZD 120 to 300 per night/room

  • 5* hotel: from NZD 250 upwards per night/room

  • Glamping: in average approx. NZD 300 upwards per night/room

  • Dinner in a pub: Burgers with fries start at approx. NZD 20 plus drinks

  • Dinner in a restaurant: from approx. NZD 30 plus drinks

  • Soft drink (coke etc) 600ml bottle: NZD 4

  • Beer in the pub: NZD 10 per pint

  • Beer in the supermarket: from NZD 5 per 500ml bottle

  • Wine: from NZD 8.50 per glass

  • Wine in the supermarket: NZD 7 to 20 per bottle

Please be aware that those are just approximate expenses in New Zealand in 2018 and are subject to change.

To get a better idea of cost of travel in New Zealand, the guys from gathered budget information from thousands of travellers to calculate very accurate cost information.

Calculating expenses in New Zealand. Photo by  rawpixel  on  Unsplash

Calculating expenses in New Zealand. Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash


Typical kiwi food

Being a very young country, New Zealand didn’t really have much time yet to develop a speciality dish of their very own. That being said, kiwis are very open to food from all over the world and thanks to the multiculturalism, there is a lot of really good authentic food.

If you had to name typical food in New Zealand, though, it would be fish’n’chips for take-out, burgers for pub grub and meat (steak and lamb) for restaurant meals.

Pub grub, a glass of wine and a beer on Waiheke island

Pub grub, a glass of wine and a beer on Waiheke island

Another classic is the Maori hangi. This is usually a giant amount of meat, kumara, potato and other vegetable, cooked for hours in earth pits. In geothermal areas, the steam is used to cook. This authentic food can be difficult to come across as a tourist, apart from places like Waitangi and Rotorua, where hangi can be eaten as part of the cultural experience.

While travelling around the country, you might notice some weird and wonderful facts about New Zealand

Driving in New Zealand

If you’re planning to drive in New Zealand, you will need to know a few things first:

Keep left! New Zealand is part of the British Commonwealth, which means that they’re driving on the left side of the street. There are often accidents with tourists who temporarily forget about this and crash into oncoming traffic. Don’t let this be you!

No international driver’s license is needed to drive in New Zealand, as long as you stay less than a year. However, the one of the languages on the license needs to be English, or you will need to carry a translation.

Speeding limits vary. In cities and towns it’s usually either 50 or 60 and occasionally 30kph. Out of town and on the motorway it can be up to 100 kph, which is the maximum speed in all of New Zealand (apart from a new Motorway section near Hamilton where you can go 110 now). Camper vans are only allowed to drive 80 kph max.
Please be aware that often the allowed speed and the road conditions don’t align, especially where the roads are curvy Always drive to the conditions!

Roads in New Zealand can be steep and curvy

Roads in New Zealand can be steep and curvy

Driving times often take longer than it looks on maps or that Google Maps suggests. As I said above, speeding limits are often not according to road conditions and you might end up driving slower than your GPS originally calculated. Even though the distances aren’t huge, better calculate some more time.

Don’t drink and drive! The limit to still be allowed to drive is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood (0.05). But especially if you’re not accustomed to the roads here, better walk or take a taxi go get home instead.

There are a lot more things to know when driving on New Zealand’s roads. DriveSafe has created a great website to help you planning your trip.

Driving in New Zealand

Getting around New Zealand

New Zealand is an easy country to travel around, no matter your age, abilities and how much time you have. There are pros for every way of transport


Although a little winding sometimes, the streets in New Zealand are easy to drive, and it’s really hard to get completely lost.

The most popular way to travel around New Zealand is either by rental car or by camper van. That way you have absolute flexibility to decide where you want to go and when. If you have a self-contained camper (meaning with own toilet and water) you can even sleep pretty much anywhere you like, unless there is a no-camping sign.

Rental companies for both camper and cars exist in abundance and it’s best to compare the companies and choose whatever vehicle size and amenities you like best.

Camper van romance at sunset

Camper van romance at sunset

Long-distance buses

If you prefer not to drive but still want to be as independent as possible, traveling by bus is a very good option. Several companies offer passes where you either pay for a certain pre-set itinerary, by travel hours or by trip or you can easily pay as you go.

It’s important to know that those buses are also often used by the locals and not to be mistaken for the teenager party buses.

The biggest long distance bus company in New Zealand is InterCity. They operate since 1991 and have over 600 destinations on offer.

Explore New Zealand on a tour

Tours are great if you a) don’t like to drive b) don’t have much time but want to see as much of the country as possible and c) like to have a guide who knows a lot about New Zealand and loves to pass his knowledge on.

There are so many tour operators in New Zealand, it’s hard to find them all and choose the right tour for yourself.

Scenic train journeys

Apart from the commuter trains in some of the bigger cities, it’s not the easiest to travel New Zealand by train. However, there is a scenic train between Auckland and Wellington (Northern Explorer) and another two train routes on the South Island. The TranzAlpine runs between Christchurch and Greymouth. The Coastal Pacific would run between Picton and Christchurch but is under construction until further notice since the earthquake in 2016. 

It’s definitely worth enjoying the passing landscape while drinking a glass of wine

Views from the TranzAlpine. Picture by Bob Hall

Views from the TranzAlpine. Picture by Bob Hall

North Island vs South Island: Which one should I travel?

If you only have a short time to visit, you might contemplate visiting just one of the two islands in New Zealand.

But which one?

Both islands are very different and depending on your preferences, you might prefer one over the other. Let me break the key differences between the North and South Island down for you:

North Island

  • Warmer over all

  • Geothermal activities and volcanoes (Rotorua, Taupo, White Island, National Park, Taranaki) and hot springs

  • Interesting cities (Auckland, art-deco Napier, capital Wellington)

  • World class surfing

  • Rolling green hills

Unique to the North Island: Geothermal activity

Unique to the North Island: Geothermal activity

South Island

  • Wild, dramatic nature

  • Party place Queenstown

  • Great skiing in winter

  • Whale watching

  • Have I mentioned the nature? :-)

This didn’t quite help yet? North Island vs South Island New Zealand: Which Island Is Better might help you solve your dilemma.

Dramatic mountains and stunning lakes: unique to the South Island

Dramatic mountains and stunning lakes: unique to the South Island

Where should I go, what are the highlights?

Well, I have a whole blog about New Zealand’s highlights, there’s no chance I’ll be able to fit it all into one sub-heading of this article. But I can give you an idea of what to see on the North and South Island in this short summary.

North Island

Northland, Bay of Islands

Dolphin cruises in the Bay of Islands

Dolphin cruises in the Bay of Islands


Auckland's skyline from the Wynyard Quarter

Auckland's skyline from the Wynyard Quarter

Coromandel Peninsula

Digging your own pool at Hot Water Beach, Coromandel, New Zealand

Digging your own pool at Hot Water Beach, Coromandel, New Zealand

Bay of Plenty

Is it an island? Is it a volcano? White Island the Bay Of Plenty is both!

Is it an island? Is it a volcano? White Island the Bay Of Plenty is both!


Surfer in Raglan. Photo by  anja.  on  Unsplash

Surfer in Raglan. Photo by anja. on Unsplash

Rotorua and Taupo

Famous champagne pool in Wai-o-tapu, Rotorura, New Zealand

Famous champagne pool in Wai-o-tapu, Rotorura, New Zealand

Tongariro National Park

Best dayhike in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Best dayhike in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Hawkes Bay

Art Deco town Napier

Art Deco town Napier


  • Surf Highway

  • Mount Taranaki hiking

  • Forgotten World Highway

Forgotten World Highway, New Zealand

Forgotten World Highway, New Zealand

Kapiti Coast and Wellington

Te Papa Museum Wellington

Te Papa Museum Wellington


South Island

Blenheim area

Queen Charlotte Sound from Interislander Ferry

Queen Charlotte Sound from Interislander Ferry

Nelson and Abel Tasman NP

Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

West Coast

Pancake Rocks Punaikaiki, New Zealand

Pancake Rocks Punaikaiki, New Zealand

Queenstown area

Mirror Lakes on the way to Milford Sound

Mirror Lakes on the way to Milford Sound


Dunedin, Moeraki and Oamaru

Dunedin Train Station, New Zealand

Dunedin Train Station, New Zealand

Twizel, Mt. Cook, Tekapo

  • Stunningly blue lakes

  • Steep, dramatic mountains

  • Darkest area in New Zealand, watch the stars

  • Church of the Good Shepherd

  • Find more things to do in the Mt. Cook, Twizel and Tekapo area

Travelling through Lord of the Rings land: Aoraki Mt Cook area

Travelling through Lord of the Rings land: Aoraki Mt Cook area

Christchurch and Kaikoura

Lots of little cafes in Christchurch

Lots of little cafes in Christchurch

Where to stay - accommodation

The range of places to stay in New Zealand is huge! If you are looking for basic camping or luxury lodges that are only accessible via helicopter and everything in between, you will find it! All it really depends on is your preferences and maybe also a little on your budget.

Unless noted otherwise, accommodation in New Zealand usually comes without included breakfast but brunch places and cafes can be found everywhere.

Low budget


There are several types of campgrounds in New Zealand. The probably cheapest ones are managed by the DOC - Department of Conservation. The DOC campgrounds come in different categories, rates start from free to roundabout NZD 20 per person/night.

Other, private campsites are usually better equipped with facilities and amenities. Many not only offer campsites for tents and campers, but also offer cabins and motel-style rooms. The biggest privates campsite operator is Top10

Discover Aotearoa tip: If you like no-frills, back-to-nature, no-phone-reception campgrounds, Arohena Campsite on lake Arapuni (Waikato) is a must-stay for you

Backpackers and hostels

We are definitely not in the age of the typical backpacker anymore. But we still love staying in hostels during our getaways. Hostels in New Zealand are not only for travellers in their early 20s. Carefully chosen, backpackers are also for budget-savvy tourists and families who like creative and cozy accommodation. There are quite a few gems out there, like Solscape in Raglan, Hogwartz in Dunedin and many, many others. Most of the hostels are part of BBH, an independent network for budget accommodation. All hostels get rated by travellers.

Discover Aotearoa tip: Solscape in Raglan is more a surf and yoga retreat than a backpackers. There is also a vegetarian restaurant on the premises with amazing fresh food from their garden and an ocean view to die for!

The very cool Solscape "backpackers" in Raglan

The very cool Solscape "backpackers" in Raglan

Medium budget

Motels and hotels

Most medium budget hotels around the country are motels and hotels. Some have been refurbished and modernised, while some still look very much like they got stuck in the 70s. But unless you are planning a day in, hotels are usually only to sleep anyway and having a great location is a lot more important.

Discover Aotearoa tip: Accolade Hotel in Rotorua offers the best value for money. It's in a quiet area but only 5 minutes walk to the center and Eat Street. The hotel is modern, with a little kitchenette and probably one of the only hotels in Rotorua where breakfast is included in the (very fair) rate.


Glamping has become a thing in New Zealand. Often off the grid and in a romantic setting, this glamorous version of camping is very popular amongst kiwis for a weekend getaway. The only thing glamping has in common with camping, though, is the nature around. The accommodation itself and the nightly rates often tend more towards a luxury hotel.

Discover Aotearoa tip: Castaways glamping at Karioitahi is the perfect romantic getaway for couples to recharge batteries. You'll drive from the lobby to your hut in a golf cart and while you are staying, you won't ever see another soul. The canvas tent has all amenities a hotel room has, including ready-to-cook food and drinks in the fridge. Just follow the recipe. After dinner, rewind with a glass of wine in the open air bath tub and enjoy the amazing views!

View over Karioitahi Beach near Auckland from our glamping hut. Note the awesome bath tub just for us

View over Karioitahi Beach near Auckland from our glamping hut. Note the awesome bath tub just for us

High budget

There’s almost no end to where you can stay if you have the right budget. Staying in an alpine lodge that’s only accessible by helicopter in the South Island? Mingling with international VIPs while relaxing at the Huka Lodge? No problem at all!

Find your ideal accommodation:

Ferry from North Island to South Island

There are 2 ferry companies operating on the Cook Strait between Wellington and Picton. The more famous one is Interislander and the other Bluebridge. They are equally good. If you have to choose, just take the one where the timetable fits your schedule better.

Interislander or Bluebridge...whichever floats your boat

Interislander or Bluebridge...whichever floats your boat

Leaving New Zealand

No more departure card!

Update: From Monday, 5th November 2018, you finally don’t need to fill out a departure card anymore!

Not that it was a long procedure to do this, but it did feel like an unnecessary task. Not only will it save you time and nerves now (because, let’s be honest, many forgot to fill it out), but is probably also much better for the environment.

After you have passed immigration, you are good to go to your departure gate.

See you again soon in New Zealand!

Once you’re done with the initial planning, you might want to go into further detail and see what there is to discover in New Zealand. Those articles might just be perfect for you:

Do you have any more questions or did I miss something important? Let me know in the comments below or send me a message.

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This article was originally posted in June 2018. I last updated it in August 2019 to keep you up to date with the new immigration procedures.