Plan your road trip with the help of maps, travel calculators and route planners.
Take a look at the different regions and map out your itinerary so you don't miss anything!
Grab some driving tips and check out ferry services so you can see all of New Zealand.
Finding a place to camp is easy with apps and resources.
Learn what works in your motorhome when you're on the road and where to find dump stations.
And if you've got a furry co-pilot on board find out where you can stay with your pet.
Banks & Shops
Banks are open Monday to Friday (except public holidays), 9.30am to 4.30pm. Automatic teller machines operate on a card PIN number system. Cash can be withdrawn 24 hours a day. Use of EFTPOS is common. Goods & Services Tax (GST) is 15% and is usually included in the advertised price.
Shops are usually open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Many will open on Saturday mornings and the bigger malls, retail chains & supermarkets are open on Sundays.
Important Phone Numbers
Police, Fire or Ambulance – dial 111 (no charge)
Local operator 010
International operator 0170
NZ Directory assistance 018
International directory assistance 0172
National direct dialing full area code (with the 0 prefix) and local number
International direct dialing 00 followed by the country code
For weather information visit this website
New Zealand tide times can be found here
For the latest snow reports visit this website
Visiting NZ? ...view these handy tips
Medical centres are found in most towns and the bigger cities have hospitals & ER services. A chemist is the NZ term for a pharmacist or drug store. Their shops are open during normal business hours & most cities have urgent dispensaries open outside these hours, listed in the front of the telephone book under Hospitals.
Please be aware that ultraviolet radiation from the sun can be harsh. It is important to wear sunglasses, a hat and sunblock. The burn time between 11am & 3pm can be as little as 10 minutes, so seek shade or cover up during the middle of the day. Outdoor stores sell Rash tops which have built in sun protection & they are available for adults & children.
While NZ doesn’t have any dangerous wildlife, sandflies & mosquitoes can be annoying in some areas. Insect repellent will take care of them. No serious diseases are carried by them, though travellers from overseas may come out in itchy lumps in reaction to being bitten by them until they adapt. Wasps can be a nuisance in some areas, if allergic to their stings, carry medication.