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7 Things to Know Before Visiting New Zealand
Whanganui River in New Zealand. Credit: ABC.net.au
Tuesday, 09 January, 2018 | 12:02 WIB
7 Things to Know Before Visiting New Zealand

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Want a vacation to New Zealand? It's good for you to know some of the following things. According to Tourism New Zealand, this information can help the one who wants to travel to this Kiwi Country.

1. Trip

The Flight from Jakarta or Surabaya to New Zealand takes 10 hours. Upon arrival, visitors can travel around New Zealand with some modes of transportation.

Hiring a car alone can be a fun option because New Zealand has a variety of landscapes that can be enjoyed during driving. Some cities can be explored by train. Domestic aircraft can also be an option if you want to get faster. And if you want to explore the north and south island at once, there is a ferry that connects those two islands.

2. Time Difference

Indonesia and New Zealand have a five hour time difference, but at Daylight Savings in late September to early April, the time difference becomes six hours.

3. Activity

There are plenty of activities to do when visiting New Zealand, especially for those who like outdoor activities. Walking, hiking, biking, visiting botanical gardens, seeing wild animals, watching dolphins, sailing and also visiting farms can be an option. In addition, there are museums and wineries that can be visited.

4. Currency

The country's official currency is New Zealand dollar. But transactions can also be done using any type of major credit cards. However, international credit cards and ATM cards can only be used if the pin is four digits.

5. Tip

When going to the restaurant, a tip is not an obligation. Besides that, the restaurant also did not add a service charge to the bill. But every item and service is subjected to 15 percent goods and services tax, it is already included in the listed price. This tax cannot be claimed by tourists.

6. Souvenirs

Typical souvenirs from New Zealand are usually handmade glassware, jade ornaments, and jewelry, wood products, knitted wool, merino, and possum.

7. Weather

Unlike Indonesia where the temperature is relatively stable, every day the weather in New Zealand can suddenly change. In the summer that lasts from December to February, the temperatures range from 14 to 28 degrees Celsius.

T-shirts can be a comfortable choice of clothing, but do not forget to bring the coat to avoid cold when the temperature suddenly dropped dramatically.

Autumn takes place from March to May with a temperature range of 10 to 24 degrees Celsius, so it is best to prepare a coat and light trousers for comfort while on the move.

Unlike in Europe where the snow falls at the end of the year, winter in New Zealand actually happens in the middle of the year, precisely from June to August. The temperature ranges from 9 to 20 degrees Celsius. So we recommend wearing light trousers, warm clothes, jackets, and gloves when visiting in winter.

While the spring takes place from September to November. Its daily temperature ranges from 12-22 degrees Celsius. Appropriate clothing for spring in New Zealand is layered clothes, jackets, and light trousers.

Do not forget to always use sunblock with high SPF because the sun in New Zealand is quite blazing. Use glasses and hats while outdoors.



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