Travel info for New Zealand

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Welcome to the country of OPEN SPACES, OPEN HEARTS AND OPEN MINDS.

  • New Zealand is located in the South Pacific Ocean, geographically positioned in both the southern and eastern hemispheres, to the southeast of Australia.
  • New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).
  •  In summer New Zealand uses ‘daylight saving’, with clocks put forward one hour to GMT+13. Daylight saving begins on the last Sunday in September and ends on the first Sunday of the following April, when clocks are put back to GMT+12.

History of New Zealand

  • New Zealand’s Capital is Wellington. The official Language of New Zealand is English, Maori and New Zealand Sign Language.
  • New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises of three main landmasses – that of the North Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui, the South Island, or Te Waipounamu, and the Stewart Island, or Rakiura.
  • The country’s varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions.
  • New Zealand’s human History may be short compared with other nations, but the mix of influencing cultures has resulted in a colourful Heritage ranging from magnificent carved Maori Meeting Houses to Stone Buildings.
  • The Treaty of Waitangi is New Zealand’s founding document. It takes its name from the place in the Bay of Islands where it was first signed, on 6 February 1840. This day is now a public holiday in New Zealand. The Treaty is an agreement, in Māori and English that was made between the British Crown and about 540 Māori rangatira (chiefs).
  • A recent resurgence of Māori culture has seen their traditional arts of carving, weaving and tattooing become more mainstream. The country’s culture has also been broadened by globalization and increased immigration from the Pacific Islands and Asia. New Zealand’s diverse landscape provides many opportunities for outdoor pursuits and has provided the backdrop for a number of big budget movies.
  • With a wealth of traditional Motifs and a variety of landscapes and cultural influences from which to draw inspiration, it is no surprise that New Zealand is a very creative place.
  • Two main Islands – North and South separated by Cook Strait – Distance 1600kms and 15,134 km of coastline
  • Main city – Auckland Largest City
  • Rotorua = Maori Culture and Geothermal
  • Queenstown = Adventure Capital
  • Highest mountain is Mt Cook which is 3754 metres/12,345 feet
  • Southern Alps run almost full length of the South Island

NORTH ISLAND IN BRIEF

  • More cosmopolitan (Auckland/Wellington)
  • More scenic varieties – volcanic plateau, geothermal, hot pool, farmland, vineyard
  • Shorter to driver between key cities
  • Warmer climate
  • More populated, so more traffic

SOUTH ISLAND IN BRIEF

  • More Stunning scenery & alpine drives, Glaciers
  • Less populated , so less traffic
  • Colder in general
  • More winding & alpine areas

Although South Island is bigger, 75% of population live in North Island (3.3m) compared to South Island 25% (1m)

NOTES FOR VISITORS

  • Keep your luggage limited to 1 suitcase (trolley) only even though you are allowed 30 KG Checked in Baggage. You will be more comfortable with fewer luggage to transfer during each city.
  • If your flight arrival is daytime then you may have activity planned for evening. Check with Freedom Team while finalising Route Plan.
  • Keep your valuables with you at all times.
  • Always stay close to group and your Tour Guide. Notify if you are leaving for a while and must join the group at agreed place and time.
  • When on sightseeing for whole day and returning to same Hotel then you are requested to carry only BACK PACK with Camera, Mobile/Tablet, Passport, Water Bottle and snacks of your preference.
  • We recommend keep MEMORIES book handy and record your FIRST TIME experiences of various places of New Zealand.
  • Please follow all the HEALTH & Safety Instructions given by Tour Guide/Freedom Ambassador and follow the notices/information displayed at various places at the location.
  • Be considerable with every other visitor’s privacy. Be polite and courteous.
  • Self driven FITs needs to be aware of speeding ticket and parking tickets. If fined for these, then you will be liable to pay even after your holiday ends, or legal action will be taken by New Zealand Police.

For More information Visit: Freedom Tourism Limited 

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