New Zealand Facts
Passports and VisasPassport required for entry.
Health InformationNo vaccinations are needed to enter New Zealand. Also, New Zealand is a country without snakes or dangerous wild animals, making it safe for visitors to enjoy outdoor activities.
TimeEST + 17 hours
ElectricityElectricity is supplied throughout New Zealand at 230/240 volts, 50 hertz. Most hotels and motels provide 110 volt ac sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only.
Languages SpokenEnglish and Maori are the official languages
CurrencyNew Zealand dollar (NZ$)
Gratuity TipsNew Zealanders do not expect tips for normal service - even in restaurants and bars. However, tipping 5-10% for extra special service is always at the discretion of the visitor.
Taxes and VATSA "departure tax" of NZ$22-NZ$25 has to be paid at the airport when you leave New Zealand. Please note that this tax is not included in your ticket price.
Driver License RequirementsNew Zealanders drive on the left, give way to all traffic crossing or approaching from the right. A valid drivers license is required from your home country.
Clothing RequirementsThe dress-code in New Zealand is very informal and relaxed. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants. However, suits and ties may be required at some of the top formal bars and restaurants. During the summer, a sweater or light jacket is recommended in case the weather turns cooler or you plan to visit the high country. Rain can be expected, so include a waterproof jacket. Pack warm winter clothing if you plan to visit between May and September. Layering your clothes during the winter months is also good advice.
Tourism Information800-388-5494 in the U.S.
New Zealand is an island country about 1250 miles / 2000 kilometers southeast of Australia. Due to its geographic isolation New Zealand has developed a distinctive fauna and culture. The country is known for its breathtaking landscape including abundant native forests, glacial mountains, fast-flowing rivers, deep, clear lakes, hissing geysers, boiling mud and long deserted beaches. The “Kiwis” are known for their enthusiasm for enjoying their great outdoors by going “tramping” (hiking), skiing, rafting, and bungee jumping. Visitors can also go swimming with dolphins, gamboling with newborn lambs, whale-watching or fishing in pristine streams and rivers. Those looking for an adventurous honeymoon with amazing scenery should have New Zealand at the top of their list.
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Destination Wedding Information
Marrying in New Zealand can be very easy to arrange. There is no residency period. It takes approx. three days to issue a marriage license after application to the Births Deaths and Marriages Registrar (BDM). The license is valid for 3 months. You can be married by the local Registrar of Marriages or by a civil marriage celebrant.
To start the process contact the BDM office nearest where you wish to marry for a "Notice of Intended Marriage" form.
- Where neither party is a resident of New Zealand, you need to complete the BDM 58 form. A statutory declaration needs to be made either before a commonwealth representative (in your country) or before the Registrar of Marriages when you arrive in New Zealand.
- If either party is a resident of New Zealand then you use a BDM 60 form and the statutory declaration must be completed before the Registrar of Marriages in New Zealand.
- Notice of Intended Marriage form if previously married, evidence of its dissolution with either final divorce decree or death certificate
- If under 20, written parental or guardian consent
- Obtaining a marriage certificate
- Following the marriage ceremony, the celebrant or registrar will give you a copy of the marriage registration form. The celebrant or registrar will register the marriage at the BDM. You can then obtain a marriage certificate from the BDM that issued the marriage license or at the central registry, which is at Lower Hutt.