The answers to the most frequently asked questions about New Zealand
Here in our FAQ (Frequently asked Questions) we collect all the frequently asked questions about New Zealand. Whether you are planning a Work & Travel or your holiday in New Zealand, you will find what you are looking for here.
For most of the answers we also have more detailed articles in our blog to help you.
Do car prices change in New Zealand?
In fact, car prices are subject to an annual rhythm for backpackers. From September to February prices are higher thanks to the summer. In the winter season from March to August the prices are lower overall. Prices in Christchurch are always slightly lower than the prices for cars and vans in Auckland all year round. Most travellers start in Auckland and finish their trip in Christchurch.
Should I better take a backpack or a suitcase for my trip?
There is no general answer to this question, but since the topic is a common one we wrote a blog post about the right backpack and the alternative of a suitcase. You can find the article here in the blog.
Do I need a credit card for New Zealand?
A credit card is not obligatory except for the payment of the Work & Holiday Visa. Nevertheless, a credit card with free money withdrawal as well as free payment makes travel easier worldwide. Visa and Master cards are accepted almost everywhere. The American Express card is only accepted in some places. You can read about credit cards and other ways to send your money to New Zealand here in our blog.
What does SC (Self Contained) actually mean?
The word Self Contained (SC) stands for independent. In the context of New Zealand this means that your vehicle has sanitary facilities such as a toilet and fresh water on board. With these so-called SC vehicles you have a much wider choice of free camping sites. Unfortunately these vehicles are a bit more expensive to buy and rent. You can find more about the vehicles here in the following article.
Where can I apply for my visa for New Zealand?
You apply for a New Zealand visa exclusively on the website of the New Zealand Immigration Service. The website is www.immigration.govt.nz. All other websites on the internet are not official immigration websites. There are a lot of websites that offer to help you with your visa application, but they are usually not necessary. As a tourist for less than 3 months you do not need to apply for a visa in advance. However, you do need a NZETA (what the NZETA is and who needs it can be found here), if you have a connecting flight within the 3 months, you will normally receive a Visa on Arrival upon arrival.
Where can I find a cheap flight to New Zealand?
There are several airlines and two main routes to New Zealand. Either eastbound via the Emirates or Asia, alternatively westbound via the USA. The more common flight path is the way east. Depending on the length of your stay, there are different ticket options, so we have written a more detailed article about this here in the blog.
Where can I find a cheap campervan or car for my New Zealand holiday?
Cheap rental cars or campervans you can easily find the Camperoase through our partner. We have summarized what you have to do in a short guide. You can find the instructions here in our blog.
How do I get from Auckland airport to the city?
You can also take a taxi in New Zealand, here you can easily order your personal taxi via app.
Which mobile network provider should I use in New Zealand?
There are two major and some smaller network providers in New Zealand. The best known are Spark and Vodafone New Zealand. Network coverage with these two is quite even in New Zealand. In more remote areas there is sometimes simply no reception at all. You can find more details in the following blog post.
Where can I get a free bank account in New Zealand?
There are three banks in New Zealand that currently offer free accounts for backpackers. The three banks are, in alphabetical order, ANZ, Kiwibank and Westpac. In Auckland's city centre on Queenstreet you will normally have to wait several days for an appointment. But you can open an account in the suburbs with only 1-2 days waiting time. Which documents you need and all further details about the bank account you will find in the following blog post.
How can I transfer cheap money from Europe to New Zealand?
How do I find campsites in New Zealand?
Which apps should I use in New Zealand?
Where can I find information about hiking in New Zealand?
You can find all the information about beautiful day and multi-day hikes on the New Zealand DOC website. There are different categories and also possibilities for online booking of cabins that have to be booked. You can find the DOC website here.
Are there discount sites to book activities in New Zealand for less?
What ferry operators are there from Wellington to Picton (and vice versa)?
The Interislander website you can visit here. The Bluebridge website you can visit here.
Where can I pay my toll fee?
If you drove over a toll road, you have 5 days to pay the toll online. You can do this on the New Zealand Transport Agency website. The point is called "Pay a toll", click here to go to the NZTA website.
Where can I check if I still have to pay a ticket?
How do I find a cheap petrol station in New Zealand?
Additionally there are some discount cards you can use. We found the AA Smartfuel Card the best and have written a guide here. The manual can be found here in the blog.
Where can I find German food and German food?
In New Zealand there is a growing supply of German food and delicious German food. Dear Isabel has a great article on her blog with places where you can find German food. You can find her blog and the corresponding article here.
Könnt ihr ein Tattoo Studio in Neuseeland empfehlen?
Yes we also visited a tattoo studio in New Zealand. After we had a look at some studios, we found the Last Port Tattoo in Nelson. Kathi got two great tattoos. There are a few differences in the preparation, the Kiwis are only limited creative. With us it was so that we brought the complete idea with us and then built the final idea together with the tattoo artist. So if you already have sample photos or motifs, bring them with you, this speeds up everything tremendously.
What is a working hostel?
A Working Hostel is an accommodation like a normal hostel. But the subtle difference to a classic hostel is a service that the hostel offers. And that is, if you wish, it can arrange a job for you in the area. This means that these so-called Working Hostels usually have lists and contacts to employers in the area. They live from the fact that you have a long-term accommodation with them in the hostel and pay for the accommodation. Mostly there are so called weekly prices which are a bit cheaper than in a classic hostel which is designed for short stays. Normally the placement to an employer should not cost any money, this money Working Hostels earn elsewhere or get it as a compensation directly from your employer.
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