New Zealand Facts & Figures

Geography

New Zealand is located in the South Pacific between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, between latitude 35 and 45 degrees south, approximately 1200 miles to the east of Australia. New Zealand has a temperate climate with relatively high rainfall, green rolling hills in the North Island and majestic mountains, lakes and the fiords in the South Island.

Healthcare

New Zealand’s public and private medical and hospital facilities provide a high standard of treatment and care. Medical services are not free to visitors. Travel and health insurance for delegates and their family is strongly recommended.

Money Matters

New Zealand currency comprises of New Zealand dollars and cents. Major international credit cards are accepted throughout New Zealand.

Trading bank hours are 9.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Most banks have a selection of branches that are also open on Saturdays, with some open on Sundays too. Banking facilities are available at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch International Airports. Travellers cheques can be issued and cashed at banks, and also at bureaux de change, hotels and shops in cities and towns. There are over 3,500 ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) in New Zealand, accessible 24 hours a day. Credit cards with international debit and credit plans can access New Zealand ATMs.

Government and Politics

New Zealand is a politically stable country governed under Westminster- style democracy, with free elections held every three years.

Commodities

The quality of goods and services, including food and beverages, is exceptionally high within New Zealand, with New Zealand wines, dairy produce, meat and horticultural products having a well deserved reputation for excellence.

Mobile Telephones

New Zealand’s GSM and CDMA mobile phone systems operate on 900MHz and 1800MHz. Delegates from the USA and Canada will need to set up international roaming with their network provider if they wish to bring their own phones. Local phones and SIM cards are available for rental and do not incur roaming charges.

Visas

Visitors from over 50 countries are exempted from the requirement of having a visa for stays of less than three months. For further information about visas please visit: www.immigration.govt.nz

Electricity

Electricity supply is 230/240 volts, 50 hertz (USA voltage is 110 volts). Most hotels and motels provide 110 volt AC sockets (rated at 20 watts).

New Zealand and Australia use the same type of three-pin plug. Adapters are available from airport and electronic shops.

Step-down transformers are required for US appliances (except most laptop computers). These are available from electronic shops in New Zealand. Note: hairdryers and irons are available in most hotels.

Weather in Wellington

Wellington averages over 2,000 sunshine hours per annum. The average daily minimum temperature in summer is 13 degrees Celsius.

Month Avg.High Avg.Low Avg.Precipitation
December20.9° C11.4° C12 Days
January21.3° C12.3° C11 Days
February21.2° C12.9° C4 Days