New Zealand travel advice

Explore our complete guide to New Zealand with the latest travel advice for travellers and holidaymakers including official updates and local travel tips for New Zealand.

New Zealand travel guide - essential info

Below is a beginner's guide to New Zealand with essential travel facts such as dominant language spoken, typical flight time from the UK and the local currency. You can also check whether visas are required and what plug adapter you need to pack.

New Zealand - quick facts
Flight time 25 hours
Time difference UK +12 to +12.75 hours
Language(s) English
Currency New Zealand Dollar
Electricity I plug (230V)
Driving side Left
Visa Yes

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✝ = Typical flight time from the UK and visa requirements for UK travellers.

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New Zealand weather

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New Zealand travel advice

Check the latest travel advice on visiting New Zealand from official government sources (in english) from around the world including entry requirements and travel restrictions.

Learn more about the current safety and security risks from terrorism, natural disasters and more. Read about the local laws and customs to consider when travelling around New Zealand.

Note: UK FCDO - UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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New Zealand travel health

Find out more about staying safe when travelling to New Zealand with the latest guidance on required vaccinations and recommended medication to take with you.

Check out the general travel tips for staying safe and healthy in New Zealand, risks of preventable diseases and what to pack.

Note: CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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New Zealand covid live updates

Check the latest live updates on Covid-19 in New Zealand with the vaccination requirements, current available statistics and up-to-date travel advice from government agencies.

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New Zealand travel features

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New Zealand FAQs

Read our frequently asked questions about travelling to New Zealand including the current entry restrictions, covid rules, driving side, electrical plugs used and much more.

Are there entry restrictions to New Zealand due to Covid-19?

New Zealand is open for tourism from the UK. There are no special entry requirements for New Zealand.

Check out Ministry of Health, New Zealand for more information.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from New Zealand?

You do not need to quarantine on arrival in the UK from New Zealand. The UK no longer requires a passenger locator form, Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination.

What is the flight time to New Zealand from the UK?

The flight time to New Zealand from the UK is typically 25 hours.

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What is the time difference between New Zealand and the UK?

The time difference between New Zealand and the UK is UK time+12 to UK time+12.75 hours.

What is the main language spoken in New Zealand?

The main language spoken in New Zealand is English.

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What is the currency in New Zealand?

The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD).

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Which plugs are used in New Zealand?

New Zealand uses electrical plug type I (230 Volts).

Which side of the road do they drive on in New Zealand?

They drive on the left side of the road in New Zealand.

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Do you need a visa for New Zealand?

Yes, UK passport holders do need a visa to enter New Zealand.

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