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New Zealand: Climate & Weather
The principal characteristic of the climate in New Zealand is the permanent presence of the wind coming from the west, sometimes very strong in winter it is lighter in summer and more humid to the west.
15°C - 59°F
Wellington, updated 02:00 GMT
New Zealand: Map
What to do in New Zealand
It is difficult to find a destination so spoilt by nature. Those whose idea of a perfect holiday involves sporting activities will find plenty to do and those who wish only to discover wildlife or wander through magnificent countryside will not find a more beautiful destination.
Auckland is the principal town of New Zealand: Its port, the particular situation surrounded by water, the museum with its impressive collection of Maori art, its aquarium, the charming old quarters, beaches and diving sites are only a few of the attractions of this diverse and lovely place.
The capital, Wellington, has a remarkable port and a very intense cultural life with various festivals, museums and its historical quarter.
Although the whole of the northern island is imbibed with its Maori heritage and culture, Pahia and Waitangi are particularly worth a visit.
Grand Barrier Island has gorgeous white sand beaches and there are great surf spots along the east coast with hiking paths threading their way through stunning forests offering panoramic views, a serene atmosphere and a totally natural background that you will long remember after your visit has ended.
Stop off at the Coromandel peninsula and appreciate the untouched natural surroundings, the birds and the thermal springs.
In the Southern island, the area of Otago merits a visit for several reasons; Queenstown where extreme sports are to be enjoyed both summer and winter including bungee jumping, paragliding, rafting and skating of all kinds. There is also the Fjordland national Park with its infinite possibilities for hiking and on the peninsula you will find marvellous protected natural wildlife including penguins, sea lions and albatross.
New Zealand : The basics
The easiest way to get to New Zealand is obviously by plane.
European citizens do not require a visa for a stay of less than three months.
The currency in circulation is the New Zealand Dollar. You can pay just about everywhere with a Visa or MasterCard.
Your daily budget will be around fifty Euros per day. Lodging does not represent a major expense; a good quality establishment will cost around €40. You can also eat well, with fresh, good quality produce, in restaurants influenced by international cuisine, for an average of €15.
Transport around the country can be undertaken by plane or by bus or you can easily hire a car. Meeting by boat can also be quite practical. For those who enjoy sport, renting a bicycle can be ideal; low cost and very enjoyable in such green and pleasant countryside.
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