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New Zealand is one of the most beautiful travel destinations around the best. Blessed with natural scenic beauty and pleasant weather, New Zealand has a lot to offer to tourists in general. However planning a trip to New Zealand is not that simple, you need to factor in the things to do, the budget for your trip and the best time to travel.
Here are some important points you should keep in mind before your trip to New Zealand
Applying for a tourist visa for New Zealand is fairly simple. You do not need a travel agent to help you with this. You can download their iVisa form online, fill up your details and upload it with scanned copies of other required documents. However a tourist visa costs you approximately Rs.16000/- per person.
Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
1 NZD equals to 45.76 Indian rupees approximately (as of August 2019)
New Zealand`s currency being stronger compared to Indian currency makes it an expensive country for Indians to travel to. So it is important you budget your trip wisely.
Time: IST + 6.5 hours
New Zealand has 2 different time zones which differ from each other by about 1.5 hours. So make sure you follow the correct time difference depending on where you are.
Weather in New Zealand is unpredictable and can change unexpectedly through the day.
Since New Zealand lies in the southern half of the equator, the seasons are different to that of India. Summers there are from December to March while winters last from June to August.
New Zealand food is a blend of traditional Maori recipes with a British influence as well. From locally made wines, savoury pies, variety of seafood, Hangi their national dish and mouth-watering desserts like the Hokey Pokey Ice cream and Pavlova. There are loads of New Zealand dishes you must try.
There are no direct flights to New Zealand from India. You will have to layover at a south east Asian country depending on the airline you choose. Auckland is a main international airport of New Zealand.
Once you reach the country the best way to get around is by hiring a car. Make sure you have an international driving license issued. You can also rent a Caravan and explore New Zealand while staying and camping at different camp sites
From budget hotels, 3 star hotels to luxurious five-star international hotel chains there are accommodation options to fit every budget. However hotels in New Zealand are expensive compared to Indian standards so you can opt for apartments using Airbnb. New Zealand also has multiple camping sites so you can pitch a tent and explore the great outdoors.
Bungee jump at night in Queenstown or go kayaking at the Totaranui beach or trek to explore extinct volcano or just unwind at the beach. New Zealand has a lot to offer for tourists from around the world.
Before you travel make sure you purchase an Overseas travel insurance to keep you protected against any mishaps that happen on the trip. Opt for a New Zealand travel insurance online and enjoy your trip worry free
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