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Tips for Travelling to New Zealand

new zealand's snow capped mountains

New Zealand is a beautiful country, and VroomVroomVroom wants to make it as easy as possible for you to rent a car and start exploring the sights of the North and South Island. We have travelled through different regions of New Zealand, and come up with a few travel tips from our experiences. If you have any New Zealand travel tips, let us know in the comment section below!

VroomVroomVroom recommends these experiences in New Zealand:

  • Learn about Maori culture in Rotorua: Maori culture is unique to New Zealand, and the heart of cultural experiences is Rotorua. There are several places in town where you can enjoy authentic experiences. Watch nightly shows in the Mitai Maori Village, and see warriors in traditional dress. During the day, visit Whakarewarewa, the living Maori Village. You can even have a private session with resident Ta Moko (Maori tattoo) artists. 
  • Get a great view of Auckland: If you're visiting Auckland, you can get a fantastic panorama of the city skyline from Mount Eden. It is located just a 10 minute drive from central Auckland, and involves a quick, uphill walk to the summit. Park at the base and make your way to the impressive volcanic crater. Walking around the circuit, you will get some fantastic views back toward the city. Keep in mind, if it is a windy day you will definitely be feeling it on the peak!
  • Revel in the rugby: Rugby Union is truly the national sport of New Zealand. If you are a sports fan, plan your visit around the Bledisloe Cup matches when the All Blacks take on Australia. Catch a game at either Westpac Stadium in Wellington or the final match at Eden Park in Auckland. 
  • Spend extra time in Fiordland: If you are heading to Milford Sound from Queenstown, the journey will take more than four hours. So you can spend more time enjoying all of the scenic stops along Milford Road, it is a good idea to break up your journey by spending a night in Te Anau. 
  • Sample some of the wine: New Zealand is acclaimed worldwide for its wines. Visit some of the wineries and enjoy a few tastings. All the main cities have wine regions within a few hours drive. Christchurch has Waipara on its doorstep, and Queenstown has Gibbston Valley. Just over the hill from Wellington you can experience the wineries of the Wairarapa. From Auckland, head west to Kumeu and Henderson, or take the ferry to Waiheke Island. 
  • Go hiking at Tongariro National Park: If it is impressive mountain views you are after, Tongariro National Park will deliver. If you can get a clear day, the views of snow-capped Mount Ngauruhoe are stunning. You can enjoy some great views from Whakapapa if you don't feel like going on a long hike. If you want to spend the day exploring the terrain, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a popular day walk. 

Do I need a visa to travel to New Zealand?

Australian passport holders do not need a visa to visit New Zealand. UK citizens can stay up to six months without a visa. Passport holders from countries with a Visa-Waiver agreement with New Zealand including the United States and Canada, can stay up to three months. Alternatively, you can apply for a visitor visa online. If your flight to New Zealand involves a transit stop through Australia, you may also require an Australian visitor visa. 

Weather in New Zealand

January is the hottest month of the year in New Zealand, while July is the coldest. The temperature can vary between regions, and there is frequent snowfall in alpine regions on both the North and South Island. The average temperature is around 22 degrees in summer, and around 14 degrees in winter. 

Major airports in New Zealand

Generally, international flights to New Zealand will arrive into Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch or Queenstown. We offer car rental from all of these destinations.