A country in the south-western Pacific Ocean. It consists of two main islands and multiple smaller ones.

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Which side of the plane to sit on an Auckland (AKL) to Queenstown (ZQN) flight?

Which side of the plane gives you more scenic views when flying from Auckland, New Zealand (AKL) to Queenstown, New Zealand (ZQN) (and back).
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How to reach the clearest lake in the world?

The clearest natural fresh water lake in the world is apparently Blue Lake, near Nelson in New Zealand. I'm wondering how one would reach it - the tracks to take, walking times etc - ideally a map ...
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“Lord of the Rings” Tours in New Zealand

Are there any tours in New Zealand based on places where the Lord of the Rings films were made?
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Tourism after the Earthquake in Christchurch

I hear that there is still a condemned zone in the heart of Christchurch after their earthquake. How much impact does that have upon tourist-related activities? Does it make it difficult to get ...
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Are there any travel experiences in New Zealand that offer a Maori “cultural immersion”?

I am wondering if it's possible to travel to New Zealand as a tourist and immerse in Maori culture. By this I mean homestay in a traditional Maori area where people speak the language on an everyday ...
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Insurance for campervan in NZ

I am traveling to New Zealand in May 2012 (I am a US citizen). I have been looking for a campervan to rent. Unfortunately, insurance seems to be quite expensive (or not very good. Some liability is up ...
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Exchanging cold hard cash internationally for the best rate

So I've just sold the car I was using in New Zealand for six months. The buyer paid in cash. So now I have a substantial sum of cash in NZD. I will be in Canada next week starting my one-year visa. ...
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Where to buy Thai Bahts when traveling from New Zealand to Thailand?

When traveling from New Zealand to Thailand, where can I buy Thai Bahts and get better exchange rate and lower commissions? It's only for the first 10K THB (Thai Baht) for the first days. The rest I ...
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Search engine for stop over possibilites

I am planning a flight from Auckland to Europe and am trying to find out which places are convenient to stop over. I once knew a website where you can simply enter the two airports, and it shows you ...
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What is the cheapest method to get a flight from Australia to New Zealand?

I'm planning to be about a month in Australia and then continue my trip to New Zealand. What is the cheapest method to get a flight from Australia to New Zealand? Does it make a difference from which ...
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Wellington, NZ cheap camping ground within 30mins bicycle from city

I would like to do some bicycle camping within quick reach of the city. Are there are any cheap or free sites that offer toilets? Showers not necessary, but would be luxury.
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Comprehensive health and travel insurance that meets NZ Immigration requirements

I'm going with a Working Holiday visa to NZ for a year. I'm starting to look for health (or travel) insurance in my country (Chile) to leave with a little more peace of mind. When I was looking for ...
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Is it possible to exchange Australian dollars in New Zealand?

We're flying from Australia to New Zealand and have a few hundreds of AUD left. Is it possible to exchange them to NZ dollars in New Zealand or we need to this from Australia?
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Is it safe to drink tap water in New Zealand?

I'm living in a highly populated area (at least by NZ standards) in Auckland, but the question goes for the whole country.
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Are swimming costumes required for hot springs in New Zealand?

In New Zealand, are swimming costumes (or towels) required, optional, or forbidden in hot springs? I'm not planning on going there myself, but would like to be able to tell Japanese people what to ...
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What are my transportation options for visiting Doubtful Sound?

I would like to explore Doubtful Sound and looking on Google maps it doesn't look particularly accessible, so what are my options? Photo credit: Allie_Caulfield (flickr / Wikimedia Commons)
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Can a someone with a tourist visa import a caravan or motorhome into New Zealand?

We are going to travel around New Zealand for 9 months next year with our 3 kids. The plan is to tour mostly by caravan or RV. The most economical choice would be to purchase a caravan when we get ...
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Changing passport details for a flight?

My brother is flying from Wellington, NZ to Sydney, Aus in January (and back). He's also going to Thailand from CHC and back in December. However, he's had to get a new NZ passport. As it happens ...
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Is a transit visa required when travelling from UK to New Zealand via Sydney?

Do I need a transit visa when travelling from UK to New Zealand stopping in Sydney for one hour 30 minutes?
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Are there any ships that go from Australia/New Zealand to Kiribati?

Note: I am not particularly interested in cruise ships. I am in need of information of any vessels that would go from any port in Australia or New Zealand to Kiribati, it does not matter if it stops ...
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Are there charter flights between Australia and New Zealand that you can join?

I don't mean chartering my own flight, but like someone else mentioned that socialflights does in the US, I was wondering if something similar existed for trans-Tasman flights.
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Hypothetically, how long would it take to circumnavigate New Zealand by foot?

This would include looping around the three major islands - the North Island, the South Island, and Stewart Island. Some calculation or reference would be useful, rather than a stab in the dark, ...
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SIM card in New Zealand with unlimited internet access

Are there any SIM cards with unlimited internet access available in New Zealand, for a stay period of 3 weeks? Vodaphone counter at Auckland Airport don't offer any unlimited bundles, and I wonder if ...
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What medical supplies should I take with me on a walking / biking trip in New Zealand?

I plan on going to New Zealand for the summer months. I hope to hike a lot there, but also use a bike for longer distances. I assume I will be on my own in the nature for 2-3 days, then in an ...
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Public transport services during Christmas period in New Zealand

I am arriving to New Zealand on 24th of December. Are there any issues with public transportation during the Christmas period that I should consider? I am especially interested in the bus timetables ...
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Can you use a UK paper license counterpart in New Zealand?

A few weeks ago I lost my card UK driver's license somewhere in Arizona/Nevada. Next month I will be in New Zealand. My new license may not make it here in time. However I still have the paper ...
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Are there any places to snorkel in Auckland?

Are there any good places to snorkel on my own in Auckland? By "my own" I mean getting my own equipment and going to the place without needing a boat. Sorry for the lack of a better term. Warning ...
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Where can I get a pre-paid SIM in Wellington, NZ and do I need ID?

Arriving in Wellington, NZ in a few hours. Just need a cheap option for receiving calls and sending a few texts. Are these available in 7/11, newsagents or such?
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Required vaccinations for New Zealand

Are there any required vaccines to travel to New Zealand?
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What's the cheapest method to send a large package from New Zealand?

After few months in New Zealand we are soon flying to Thailand. During our time here we picked up some gear that we would love to keep, but don't want to carry with us to Thailand. When we asked at ...
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Can a child travel on a parent's passport to New Zealand?

I've heard some countries let children travel as long they are with their parents who have valid passports. Is this the case for New Zealand, assuming the parents and child are Australian?
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Data and encryption laws in New Zealand and Singapore

I'll be travelling to New Zealand for a year and I'm planning on taking a laptop and encrypting the contents in case it gets lost or stolen. I vaguely recall hearing about encryption export laws but ...
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Will my iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S work in New Zealand?

We are planning to be in New Zealand for 10 months starting in August and currently are under contract with Verizon here in the USA. I am thinking about suspending my Verizon account and getting ...
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Do I need a visa to go to New Zealand as a Filipino?

I am a Filipino working in Japan (with Philippines Passport). I read somewhere that Japan is waived for NZ visa. I want to visit New Zealand but I do not have any idea whether I need a visa to do ...
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What area should I stay in in Christchurch?

Having stayed in Christchurch a couple of days ago, I checked in at a hotel in the centre of town. Christchurch locals may realise the problem with this - because of the closed red zone, there are ...
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With Jetstar domestic flights in New Zealand, can you use multiple bags in your luggage allowance?

My brother is on a Jetstar flight from Christchurch to Wellington and the allowance is 20kg. The question is - is the weight limit limited to a single checked bag, or can you use more than one bag, ...
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Visa for Australia and New Zealand for Indian citizen living in USA

I am an Indian citizen living in the US (California) on H1B Visa. I plan to go to Australia and New Zealand for tourism. I have 2 questions - Do I need a separate tourist visa for both countries? ...
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Any public transport from Tauranga airport to the city?

Aside from taxis, is there any public (bus etc) transport from the Tauranga airport to the downtown area? And if so, are there online timetables available?
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New Zealand visa longer stay?

In the USA if enter with an ESTA you can stay 90 days but if you have a B1/B2 visa, you can stay 180 days (and have the possibility of extending even that with a I-539 form). I am a citizen of an EU ...
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I am an Indian citizen touring Australia on a visit visa. Can I apply for NZ visa from Australia?

I am living currently in Australia on a tourist visa. I want to Visit New Zealand too. Can I apply for a visitor's visa to NZ from Australia? I hold an Indian passport.
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What kind of power adapter do I need in New Zealand

We will be traveling in New Zealand for 9 months. What is the best adapter to get for our laptops, Kindle, iPad and iPhones?
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Do I need to apply for two separate visas for Australia and New Zealand?

I will be in Australia for 3 days before I fly to New Zealand. Do I need a tourist visa for both countries?
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Itinerary for a 12 Day Hiking Trip to South Island in New Zealand in December [closed]

I am currently planning a 12 day trip to the South Island of New Zealand from December 13th - December 24th. I am incredibly excited, but need need some help figuring out the right itinerary. I will ...
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UK resident reentering UK on NZ passport as UK passport is being renewed [duplicate]

So I have to travel out of the UK using my NZ passport, as my UK passport is at the UK passport office. Will they only give me a tourist visa on my NZ passport? What happens when this expires? Or can ...