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Things you didn’t know about a holiday in New Zealand

By Ron Morgan

New Zealand, a country known for the beauty of its scenic surrounds and as the place where The Lord of the Rings was filmed. But if you’re thinking about going on holiday to New Zealand, what is in store for you? Today we are sharing five things you didn’t know about a holiday in New Zealand.

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Summer starts in December

New Zealand gets their hottest weather between December and February, with their winter starting in June and ending in August – the total opposite to the UK. As some tourists visit New Zealand for skiing, June, July or August would be key months. Whereas if you’re looking to catch some rays (and get away from our cold winter), go anytime between December and February. Checking the forecast over at Met Service is the best way to prepare for all weather conditions. Before heading out to New Zealand, remember to pack for all types of weather as it is known to change quickly.

New Zealand is home to the darkest skies in the world

With the darkest skies comes the brightest stars, which is why New Zealand is known for being the best place for stargazing in the entire world. If you’re visiting New Zealand, the International Dark Sky Reserve on the South Island is a must-visit tourist attraction.

The locals are called Kiwis

This nickname came from the curious bird which is known as the Kiwi (which is also the country’s national symbol). Culture Trip goes into more detail about the name in their blog post. A great way to get to know some of the locals is by visiting a farmer’s market or a wine festival. One of the things most people say about their trip is how proud New Zealanders are of their country, so they’ll want to help you where they can and make you feel welcome.

There are a ton of exciting experiences to try

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Diving, sailing, rafting and kayaking are just a few examples of how you can enjoy your time in New Zealand. With one of a kind experiences all around, what will you pick first? If you’re in search of an adventure-filled holiday, remember to prepare in advance and purchase your travel insurance before heading out.

Customs are super strict

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Although you are allowed to stay up to 6 months without a visa in New Zealand, getting into the country to start with can be delayed if everything isn’t declared correctly. Due to NZ having such a fragile environment, they are extra cautious about what is allowed to be brought into the country. Do your research before you arrive and declare everything which may be deemed a hazard and you’ll be on your way in no time. Some examples of what needs to be declared are all outdoor gear which has been used, from hiking boots to tents, as well as all food due to laws regarding New Zealand’s environmental protection. To avoid any disappointment, make sure you check the list of what items are prohibited before attempting to bring them into the country.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and have a great time in New Zealand!

This is a GUEST POST Ron Morgan who os a Media consultant. All views expressed are his own. 

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