10 essential tips for traveling to New Zealand


This selection of the best tips for traveling to New Zealand It will help you prepare your trip and above all, enjoy one of the most incredible and complete countries in the world.

Considered by many as the trip of your dreams, due in large part to the enormous distance that separates it from Spain and the high prices of flights, vehicles and standard of living in general, we assure you that if in the end you decide to make that trip, you will not regret it. Landscapes of infarction, a culture with a fascinating history, scenarios of The Lord of the rings and The Hobbit In addition to the possibility of living in a motorhome and some wonderful people, they will make this trip become unforgettable days that will become part of your most endearing memories.

Based on the experience of our trip to New Zealand in 36 days, we have made a list of what we think are some of the 10 essential tips for traveling to New Zealand. We start!

1. What is the best time?

Although we would love to say that any time is good for travel to New ZealandWe have to say that this is not entirely correct and there are some seasons much more suitable for travel than others, due in large part to the country's meteorology.
The first thing to keep in mind is that due to the geographical situation, the seasons do not correspond to those in Spain, the other way around: the coldest months are in our summer (July and August) and the warmest months in our Winter (December and January).
This, in addition to the fact that time in a country like this is something basic, since the vast majority of activities are outdoors, make it very important to consider this aspect before deciding on the best time to travel.

  • High Season (December to February): They correspond with summer and are the ones with the most benevolent weather forecasts. That said, we must also bear in mind that this factor makes the prices of accommodation, flights and motorhomes much higher and also, that the more tourist places are much more frequented.
  • Mid season (March-April and September-November): The spring and autumn months would be, according to our experience, the best for traveling to New Zealand, taking into account that the weather is usually quite stable and the landscapes look spectacular.
    In relation to prices, although a few years ago they were significantly lower than in high season, currently and because many tourists are traveling at this time, prices are being matched, so it is worth taking into account and reserving both Flights like the motorhome with enough time to avoid high prices and surprises.
  • Low season (May to August): This is when winter begins, bad weather and lower prices. Despite this and especially if you want to do some winter sport, this may be the best opportunity to travel to White Cloud Country.

Do not forget that although we have made a division by months and seasons, in New Zealand the weather is unpredictable and as they say there, it is a country where you can live the 4 seasons of the year in a single day. It is for this reason that we recommend traveling by motorhome and thus always having an alternative plan B, which allows you to change the route or adapt it according to the weather.

2. Requirements for entering the country

For travel to New Zealand, if you are Spanish you will only need a valid passport until at least three months after the date of departure without a visa and you can be in the country for tourism for a maximum of 3 months. Despite this and since October 2019, any traveler with a visa exemption, such as Spaniards, must request an electronic travel authorization, also known as ETA, before the trip. Likewise, together with this application, they must pay a fee known as International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).
Remember that you can perform these procedures from the official website and online without paying any extra for any type of external management.
If you are from another country remember to check if the visa is mandatory on the official website, which we attached above or at the embassy.

In addition to the requirements mentioned above, another of the tips for traveling to New Zealand It is always to have a copy of the important documentation such as passport, ETA, travel insurance ... etc, on paper and another in the cloud, either in an email account, in Google Drive or in Dropbox.

Trekking Roys Peak in Wanaka

More tips for traveling to New Zealand

Other of the best tips for traveling to New Zealand are:

  • Although as we have commented several times, New Zealand is incredibly prepared for motorhomes, it is worth looking at the campsites, especially the most famous, free and in high season, since sometimes they are usually full.
  • For this it is very useful to use the Campermate mobile application, with which in addition to being able to control any type of accommodation in New Zealand, including campsites whether paid or free, you can see on a map the locations of banks, shops, laundries, gas stations , showers ... etc. For us it was the Bible from New Zealand.
  • It is also very useful the Metservice application to monitor the weather, especially if you want to trek to Tongariro or visit somewhere with sunshine. It does not usually fail and is perfect to keep up with the weather situation. In addition to this, if you put “webcam X” on Google, you can see the webcams that are spread over the different areas and see the real time of the place you need.
  • Remember that in some motorhomes the plugs for laptops only work if you are plugged into electricity, so if you need them, you must stay in a campsite with this service.
  • In relation to this, in New Zealand the common voltage is 230V, the frequency is 50Hz and the plugs are type I. Check it if you have a universal adapter, since many do not include it.
  • Travel at the time you travel, it is important to remember that the weather is usually quite variable and changing, so it is highly recommended to wear a raincoat, boots and dress in layers.
  • In New Zealand there are areas where there are not many gas stations so it is quite advisable to look at it before embarking on a long route or always try to take the full tank.
  • When you make your route on Google Maps keep in mind that many of the roads on which a speed of 100 km / h is allowed, if you go in a motorhome this is unfeasible, so you must adjust the times.
  • If you are going to travel to New Zealand and want to buy in supermarkets, do not worry as there are practically in all locations, however small. The most important are Pak'n Save, Countdow and Fresh, being the first one with the most options and the best quality / price ratio. In addition, discount coupons for their gas stations are usually available, with which you can also save a few dollars.
  • If you are going to make a large purchase, it is better to do it in large towns, since prices are even tripled in the same supermarkets, but in small towns.

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