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  • New Zealand's Information Network :: New Zealand Information :: Visas
    states the expiry date of your permit and allows you to visit as a tourist see friends and relatives play sport or perform in cultural events without pay undertake a business trip and or undertake medical treatment Some countries have a Visa Waiver Agreement with New Zealand which means citizens of these countries do not need to apply for a Visitor s Visa if they are visiting New Zealand for up to 3 months Andorra Argentina Austria Bahrain Belgium Brazil Brunei Canada Chile Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Hong Kong special conditions apply Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel Italy Japan Korea South Kuwait Liechtenstein Luxembourg Malaysia Malta Mexico Monaco Netherlands Norway Oman Poland Portugal special conditions apply Qatar San Marino Saudi Arabia Singapore Slovenia South Africa Spain Sweden Switzerland USA includes Nationals of the USA United Arab Emirates Uruguay and Vatican City British citizens or British passport holders who have evidence of the right to live permanently in the UK may be granted a visitors permit valid for 6 months upon arrival If you are a Visa Waiver visitor as per the above list you must hold a valid ticket to a country you have the right of entry to and have sufficient money to support yourself during your stay You must also hold a passport valid for 3 months beyond the date you are leaving New Zealand and only visit New Zealand for the time granted on arrival If you wish to visit for a longer period you will need to apply for a Visitor s Visa It is important to note that you can be refused a Visitor s Visa Permit This is normally the case if you are not of good health or character or in the opinion of the visa or immigration officer you are likely to

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  • New Zealand's Information Network :: New Zealand Information :: Health Services
    local to you If you choose to change your GP you should ensure that your medical notes or file is transferred to your new GP To find a suitable GP look in the special medical section in the front of your local telephone book for a list of GP s and contact details PHARMACISTS Pharmacists generally work in pharmacies also known as Chemists and can be found in suburban areas shopping malls or near medical establishments Pharmacists are able to offer advice on the safety and use of medicines along with general information on some common health problems They dispense medicines that have been prescribed by your GP as well as being able to sell over the counter medicines that do not require a doctor s prescription PUBLIC HOSPITALS New Zealanders have an extensive health service available to them with approximately 445 hospitals in New Zealand Approximately 85 of these hospitals are publicly funded and run by organizations called District Health Boards DHBs The majority of essential health care services are provided free through the public health system excluding dentistry and optometry however most hospital doctors specialists can only been seen after referral from your local GP If you are referred to a specialist or hospital you can choose to go publicly or privately PRIVATE HOSPITALS There are a large number of private hospitals in New Zealand if you choose to use a private hospital you will be required to pay for the services of the hospital for example private specialists and consultants The benefits of private hospital treatment are the lack of waiting lists and more personalized care due to a smaller number of patients requiring attention and care compared to a public hospital Many waiting lists for surgery through the public hospital system are long while private hospitals can provide quicker consultation and surgery options on a user pays basis which reduces waiting lists for private care FAMILY PLANNING CLINICS Family Planning Clinics are situated throughout New Zealand and provide sexual health contraception and fertility health care The cost of a consultation is similar your local GP s fee WOMENS HEALTH New Zealand women have access to a large selection of women orientated services and programmes available throughout the country New Zealand pregnancy and childbirth related care is free except for care provided by private obstetricians This care covers the diagnosis of pregnancy antenatal care childbirth and postnatal care BreastScreen Aotearoa is the national breast cancer screening programme which is aimed at promoting and educating on breast cancer and screening This programme is designed to identify and contact women who are eligible for free breast cancer screening plus follow up support The National Cervical Screening Programme is aimed at reducing the number of women in New Zealand who develop cervical cancer and the number who die from it Enrollment is free and available by contacting your local GP Once enrolled you will receive results of your cervical smears taken within the programme along with a reminder when you

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  • New Zealand's Information Network :: New Zealand Information :: Regional Weather
    to help visitors to plan their New Zealand holiday itinerary The North Island has a blend of subtropical and temperate climates Subtropical Auckland and Northland remain relatively warm and mild throughout the year but experience high humidity in summer months Auckland s average max min temperatures are 23 16 C 73 61 F in summer and 14 9 C 57 48 F in winter The rest of the island has warm damp summers merging into cool wet winters North Island weather is extremely changeable e g brief showers can interrupt sunny periods at any time of the year Rainfall is evenly distributed and averages around 1300 mm a year The South Island extends a further 600 km into the Southern Ocean so has cooler temperatures Queenstown s average max min temperatures are 21 10 C 70 50 F in summer and 9 1 C 48 34 F in winter Nelson and Blenheim enjoy the highest sunshine hours in the country 2500 hours a year Prevailing westerly winds have a major effect on our climate bringing warm moisture laden air in from the Tasman Sea The South Island s Southern Alps act as a barrier creating annual rainfall of up to 7000 mm on the West Coast By contrast the Canterbury Plains lying in the rain shadow of the Alps get only 330 mm of rain Periodic southerly winds originating in Antarctic waters invariably mean cold weather all over the country In winter June August heavy falls of pure powder snow on the Alps means that New Zealand can offer some of the most varied skiing and snowboarding to be found anywhere in the world From the visitor s point of view the shoulder seasons of October December and February April are a good time to holiday in New Zealand avoiding

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  • New Zealand's Information Network :: New Zealand Information :: Clothing
    in this situation requires nothing more than T shirts shirt blouse jeans trousers shorts sandals casual shoes jandals thongs Basically it s whatever you feel comfortable in Dining in exclusive restaurants attending functions balls and cocktail parties requires a higher standard of attire but dark business suits and stylish evening dresses or trouser suits fit most occasions Tuxedos are worn only at the most formal functions New Zealand fashion houses like Karen Walker Trelise Cooper and World are building an international reputation and their exclusive designer wear can be viewed in many city boutique arcades Designers keep up with new fashion trends with frequent visits to London Paris and Milan and put their own stamp on chic Kiwi designs noted for stylish simplicity and informality In the North Island coats are not commonly worn except during cold southerly winds These are felt keenly in the Wellington region which is influenced greatly by the natural wind funnel of Cook Strait Cooler climes in the South Island call for more winter protection in the form of woollen or polar fleece jackets jeans and lightweight boots Waterproof parkas and Swanndri water repellent long woollen shirts are common for farmers hunters and other outdoors folk in the south New Zealand is building an international reputation for producing quality outdoor wear and especially lightweight fashionable adventure clothing Visitors will find that adventure outfitters have a huge selection of fine merino wool angora and possum fur garments which are ideal for outdoor pursuits in cool climate conditions Hand spun hand dyed and hand knitted pure wool jumpers are of the highest quality in New Zealand Look for these in tourist shops and department stores If you plan to tramp the New Zealand Great Walks or other tracks during your visit remember that our maritime climate is

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  • New Zealand's Information Network :: New Zealand Information :: Electricity
    major river systems like the Waikato and the Clutha has been tapped through a series of hydro dams The stored water is converted into electricity by moving it through penstocks into huge turbines which generate electric current New Zealand got an early start into the production of hydro electric power when a private station was built in 1887 for the Reefton gold mines This West Coast town was the first place in New Zealand to enjoy public street lighting The first government station was built at Lake Coleridge in 1914 The South Island has the two largest power stations Benmore and Clyde each producing around 500 megawatts However as the South Island holds only one quarter of the country s population the surplus energy is delivered to the North Island via the National Grid a network of high voltage transmission lines carried on pylons and via undersea cables across Cook Strait POWER SUPPLY The standard supply in New Zealand is 230 volts AC at 50 Hertz as in Europe and Australia Most accommodation provides 110 volt AC wall sockets for electric razors but other appliances need transformers Standard power sockets require three blade plugs Campervans have 230 volt AC power systems which plug into outlets at campsites The vans often carry 12 volt DC systems as well to enable you to camp in more isolated sites BALANCING SUPPLY AND DEMAND While hydro power has continued to supply between 70 and 80 of total electricity generation in New Zealand the reliability of the system is totally dependent on the weather In years of partial drought reduced inflows into the major storage lakes call for careful juggling of energy resources usually by increasing thermal generation starting up oil coal and natural gas fired backup stations ALTERNATIVE ENERGY FORMS When thermonuclear power generation

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  • New Zealand's Information Network :: New Zealand Information :: Food & Cuisine
    A three course meal can vary in price from 30 to over 100 Restaurants are either licensed to sell wine or are BYO Bring your own establishments which charge a corkage fee Dining is normally a la carte in a relaxed informal atmosphere Cafes bistros and brasseries often provide excellent moderately priced meals along with beer wine and spirits Tipping is not a normal practice in New Zealand but you may wish to recognise exceptional service With over 40 million sheep in a country of 4 million people it is no surprise that lamb is a principal meal ingredient Canterbury lamb is world renowned and is usually served as roast meal with fresh peas carrots pumpkin potatoes and kumara sweet potato Lean pork beef and farm bred venison cervena are also of the highest quality and relatively inexpensive There is a wide choice of wines to accompany your meal as New Zealand produces world class sauvignon blancs chardonnays merlots and pinot noirs and many other styles from the country s 400 vineyards The maritime climate and long growing season produce ideal conditions for growing grapes Succulent seafood is available all year round in this country where no one lives more than two hours drive from the sea As you travel around the country a local speciality dish of fish crayfish or shellfish can be a special treat Popular fish dishes are snapper terakihi hoki orange roughy and John Dory Trout and salmon can be caught under a personal fishing licence Some hotels will cook and serve your catch for you but trout are not sold commercially to safeguard the superb wild stock New Zealand dairy products are world famous for their high quality The butter cheese fresh milk yoghurt cream and ice cream are all delicious Popular fruits include oranges

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  • New Zealand's Information Network :: New Zealand Information :: Internet Access
    rates Charges vary considerably between hotels cyber cafes and hostels but you can generally expect to pay between 4 and 10 per hour Visitors with laptop computers may find it worthwhile to join a New Zealand Internet Service Provider that offers a national connection e g ihug xtra or clear net Many hotels and motels have telephone jacks for dial up connections which are charged at local call rates Note not all Internet cafes will allow you to connect a laptop to their network If your current Internet company supports iPass www ipass com then you can access the Internet in New Zealand and the costs will be charged back to your Internet Service Provider The iPass global virtual network has dial up and broadband locations in over 150 countries providing connections for PCs Macs and PDAs Many accommodation places will have Cardphones a convenient means of booking lodgings or tours if you can t get an Internet connection for any reason Phone cards can be purchased from many bookshops dairies and other outlets Calling codes are listed in the front of regional telephone books When planning your New Zealand visit you can seek out bargains and obtain firm bookings

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  • New Zealand's Information Network :: New Zealand Information :: Shopping
    malls and tourist resort centres are generally open between 10 am and 5 pm on weekends Duty free shopping is exceptionally good in New Zealand with a wide product choice and good value Auckland Airport has over 50 retail outlets and Wellington and Christchurch also have a good number Many city duty free stores offer international products including cosmetics electronics wines and spirits and New Zealand crafts New Zealand woollen goods are especially sought after particularly hand knitted sweaters jackets coats sheepskin rugs bed underlays car seat covers and boots Outdoor clothing is a Kiwi speciality and you will find many purpose designed garments like the pure wool Swanndri overshirts favoured by trampers farmers and hunters Fashionable suede and leather jackets in trendy and classic designs are real value for money Most shops are glad to ship heavy or bulky purchases for you Items sent overseas are not subject to the 12 5 Goods and Services Tax Craft items of superb quality are found in abundance all over the country New Zealand glassware is highly sought after Pottery and fine ceramic ware is outstanding in places like Nelson and Coromandel where high grade clays are useable straight out of the

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