New Zealand Dollar (NZD). Credit cards are accepted everywhere. It is good to have some NZD currency in case.
Largest City: Auckland
Population: 5.1 million
Best Known For:
Sheep, Rugby, the kiwi bird, stunning scenery and the Lord of the Rings.
Temperate maritime climate. Cooler on the southern island and mountains.
Seafood, roast lamb, wine, pavlova
More About New Zealand
The Land of Middle Earth. New Zealand is way down in the Southern Hemisphere, but full of incredible scenery, more sheep than humans, and a warm and welcoming population.
The country is primarily divided in two with the North Island and South Island. The North Island has over three times the population of the South Island and includes the capital of Wellington, the largest city Auckland, as well as countless beaches, wine regions, and natural areas for exploration. Auckland is a great compact city to explore with a walkable waterfront, excellent restaurants, sprawling public parks, and great cafes. The South Island has dramatic mountain ranges, including the tallest peak, Mount Cook. Adventure tourism is everywhere from kayaking to glacier climbing to bungee jumping. New Zealand’s most famous national parks and fiords are all located here.
New Zealand has a number of famous wine regions and makes a fantastic destination to tour wineries. You will no doubt notice all of the sheep dotting New Zealand’s countryside while driving around, and there are in fact more than five times more sheep than humans in the country. Sheep are used for their milk and wool, as well as for meat. The indigenous Maori culture is also fascinating and well documented throughout New Zealand.
New Zealand captures the imagination of many people and is a lifelong dream destination. The countryside is breathtaking and the people welcoming to all. It is a destination well worth visiting.