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About New Zealand
November in Auckland is known to be sunny and pleasant. This month ushers in the glory days of spring, when everyone can feel that summer is on the horizon. On some November days, when the sun is bright and the sky cloudless, temperatures can warm to those of mid-summer. It is an exciting time to visit the city, as the wharfs are busy and the famous walks of New Zealand, many of which are accessible from Auckland, are open and ready for exploration. Those on holiday should prepare with layers and jackets for after sunset.
High Temp 19 degrees C / 66 degrees F
Low Temp 13 degrees C / 55 degrees F
The official currency for New Zealand is the $ NZ Dollar.
New Zealand's unit of currency is the dollar (NZ$). All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand, with Visa and MasterCard accepted most widely.
- Coins have values of 10, 20 and 50 cents, $1 and $2.
- Notes have values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
Tipping and Service Charges
Tipping in New Zealand is not obligatory, even in restaurants and bars. However, tipping for good service or kindness is at the discretion of the visitor. Hotels and restaurants in New Zealand do not add service charges to their bills.
New Zealand banks are open from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Some are also during weekends. Automated Teller Machines (ATM's) are widely available at banks, along main shopping streets and in malls. International credit cards and ATM cards will work as long as they have a four-digit PIN encoded. Check with your bank before leaving home.
Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, some hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks, which are found at international airports and most city centres.
Goods and Services Tax
All goods and services are subject to a 15 percent Goods and Services Tax (GST) included in the displayed price. Visitors cannot claim this tax back, however when a supplier ships a major purchase to a visitor's home address the GST will not be charged.
New Zealand currently has limited access to free WiFi services, although the situation is gradually improving. Free WiFi hotspots are found predominantly in urban areas and are not common in small towns or rural regions.
Some cafes and restaurants have a free WiFi service when you purchase food or drink.
The Official Tournament Hotels offer free WiFi to the teams and officials.
Mobile networks in New Zealand
Chances are that you're arriving in New Zealand with a mobile phone, tablet or laptop – or a mixture of all three. If you're looking to stay connected to the internet and phone services everywhere you go, it’s recommended that you purchase a plan from one of New Zealand’s main networks.
Purchasing a plan from a network will allow you to have access to a mix of data, calling and texting throughout your trip to suit your communication and connection needs.
The main networks are:
Mobile providers are available at the Airport. Take your phone to one of the retail outlets and they provide you with a SIM card for NZ.
If you’re looking to use a combination of devices to connect to the internet, it is most cost-effective to set up your phone as a wireless hotspot that your other devices can run off as well. You can purchase data packs that expire after a certain amount of time. The network you choose will advise you on what will work best for your needs
If you choose to purchase a mobile data pack with Spark, you'll be eligible to access their free WiFi hotspots, dotted throughout the country. Find out more about where these hot spots are here.
Data and mobile packs range from $19, depending on how much data you require and how long you are in New Zealand.
2degrees plans and packs
Spark plans and packs
Vodafone plans and packs
Skinny plans and packs
New Zealand's electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts, and we use angled two or three pin plugs (the same as Australia and parts of Asia).
Most hotels and motels provide 110 volt ac sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only. For all other equipment, an adapter/converter is necessary, unless the item has a multi-voltage option.
Driving in New Zealand
Always drive on the left hand side of the road in New Zealand. If you’re used to driving on the right hand side of the road, this can be a challenge to remember especially when pulling out into traffic. Remember - if you are driving, you must be seated in the middle of the road – your front seat passenger will be the on edge of the road.
New Zealand is generally a very safe place to travel with a relatively low crime rate, few endemic diseases and a great healthcare system.
Visitors are still advised to take the same care with your personal safety and your possessions as you would in any other country, or at home. Take copies of your important documents (like your passport and credit cards), and keep them separate from the originals. You should also keep a record of the description and serial number of valuable items (like cameras, tablets and smart phones). And remember, in an emergency dial 111.
Keeping Yourself Safe
Carry a mobile phone and don’t hesitate to dial New Zealand’s emergency phone number if you feel unsafe or threatened - dial 111. Calls are free.
Travel with someone you know and trust whenever possible.
We recommend you don’t accept rides from strangers and don’t hitchhike.
If you're out at night, keep to well-lit places where other people are present. Don’t take short cuts through parks or alleyways. Take a taxi or get a ride with someone you know.
Avoid accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.
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North Harbour Hockey Stadium
60 Paul Matthews Road, Albany, North Harbour Auckland 0751View full Google map