Before you Travel

Before you Travel

Its a really good idea to do some research before you travel to New Zealand to ensure you have a hassle free holiday.

Distance calculator

You need to ensure you are riding realistic distances so you don’t get worn out. Look up your road trip with the AA distance calculator  before you start your trip in New Zealand.

Currency and Banking

New Zealand’s currency is based on dollars and cents. All major credit cards are accepted. Banks are open 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday. ATMs are widespread.

Emergency Services

To contact New Zealand Emergency services, including Police, Fire Brigade or Ambulance simply dial 111 from any phone.

Fuel costs

The price for fuel in New Zealand varies throughout the country.

The current price for petrol is around $1.90 per ltr. In remote areas the network of petrol stations in thin and prices can be a significantly higher.

Insiders Tip:  It is recommended that you fill up the tank when you arrive at larger towns or cities.


In the centres of major cities in New Zealand you will get offered free wifi hot spots. Visit Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Rotorua and other cities to get access. Most of the bigger supermarkets like New World, Countdown or Pack’n’Safe offer free Wifi as well. And public libraries have a free access and of course a lot of books or DVDs for rent.

Another possibility is to use one of the “pay as you go” spots in the i-SITE Visitor Centres, in Holiday Parks or Internet Cafes.

i-SITE Visitor Centres

The i-SITE Visitor Centres know where to stay, what to do and how to get there. The travel experts at i-SITE can also do bookings for you. These include accommodation, transport, activities and attractions. You will also be informed about weather & mountain safety, travel itineraries and nearby events. Click here to find a list of all i-SITE branches.

Visa Information

All visitors need to check if they need a visa before they get on the plane. There are different visa types for different countries. Please visit the New Zealand Immigration government website for more information.