Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Oblique flat
blade plugs are standard.
The official languages in New Zealand are English and
Gratuities are not expected in New Zealand and service charges
are not applied to bills, but it is acceptable to tip at your
New Zealand has a reputation as one of the safest destinations
in the world, however sensible precautions against petty theft are
Quarantine procedures mean that strict bio-security regulations
are in place at immigration points into New Zealand. It is illegal
to import most foodstuffs, and care should be taken when importing
wood products, golf clubs and shoes (which may have soil and dirt
attached), and items made from animal skin. The immigration
arrivals card has full details.
The international access code for New Zealand is +64. The
outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g.
0061 for Australia). City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)9 for
Auckland and (0)4 for the Wellington region. Vodafone offers GSM
900 coverage in and around the main cities and popular holiday
areas. Internet cafes are widely available.
Travellers to New Zealand over 17 years do not have to pay duty
on 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco, or a proportionate
mix of these; 1.125 litres or 1 litre spirits or liqueurs, and 4.5
litres wine, port or sherry, or 4.5 litres beer. Goods exceeding
the allowances must be declared. Personal effects not dutiable
include items such as jewellery, binoculars, portable radios,
prams, camping equipment, cameras and video cameras. Prohibited
items include concealed firearms, foodstuffs, animals, plants and
plant products. It is forbidden to export Greenstone, Maori
antiquities and Paua shells (unless they are products manufactured
from such shells). Prescription medications need to be acc