Full of natural landscapes and wonderful places, New Zealand is already on many people’s travel wishlist! Another factor that further increases the interest of tourists in the country is the value of the currency. The New Zealand dollar is always more affordable when compared to the American dollar!
Being a small country, the destination is also perfect for those who always dreamed of making an unforgettable road trip, you know? The scenery along the roads are stunning. Even with many positive points, a trip is always subject to losses and that is why it is very important to know the basics of the country before embarking. Thinking about it, I selected some essential information for anyone planning to go there 😉
When to go
If you have little travel time and want to make the most of the country’s tourist attractions, the best time to go is in the summer. Between December and February the climate is ideal for walks, walks on beaches, parks and other outdoor activities that are very common there.
Spring and autumn are also good options, as the days are still sunny. Winter may make some activities impossible, but it is great for those who want to practice snow sports like snowboarding and skiing. If you really want to see snow, the best months are June, July and August!
One more reason for Brazilians to love the destination: there is not so much bureaucracy! The documentation required to enter the country is simple! Brazilians do not need a tourist visa to travel in the region, however, this rule is only valid for those who will spend up to 90 days, ok? If you intend to travel longer, in addition to your passport, you will need a visa, as in the case of those who will make longer exchanges.
Another very important tip is about the food you will take in your purse or bag. Airport staff are very restricted in this regard, so avoid taking snacks that are not industrialized. A banana or an apple can cost you a high ticket, so be careful 😉
What to pack
Even if you choose a specific season for your trip, it is better to pack for different temperatures. It is very common across the country that the climate changes throughout the day. In the morning, for example, you will be prepared for the sun, but the weather can get cold or start to rain.
Put basic parts in the suitcase that work at different temperatures and times of the day – and be sure to bring a good raincoat. Other essential items are clothes and shoes suitable for walking, since most of the tours involve trails! I think this post about the suitcase we made for Carretera Austral can help a lot 😉
Which cities to visit
As I told you at the beginning of the post, the country is perfect for road trips. Some of the best recommended car rental companies are Hertz, Rentalcars and Scotties. Ah, remembering that for you to drive outside the country it is necessary to have the International Driving Permit or the CNH officially translated into English! Those who do not drive and still want to stroll around the country can use trains or buses that take longer routes.
One of the best known cities in the country is Auckland, as it is metropolitan and very busy. If you are looking for a more daring activity, a great option is the Queenstown bungee jump, with a surreal view. For those who are more connected to cinema and like Lord of the Rings and The Hobbits will love to meet Hobbiton, in Matamata. The village was created especially for the recording of the two films.
New Zealand cuisine is based mainly on fish, seafood and lamb, meaning anyone who is vegetarian or vegan will have to be patient to find places with many options.
Pavlova is also one of the most typical dishes in the region. The crunchy and soft dessert, made with meringue and decorated with fruit on top is irresistible, right ?! For you to note already, some of the best restaurants in the country are Sidart and Saan (both in Auckland), Logan Brown in Wellington and Social Kitchen in New Plymouth.
New Zealand is passionate and it is not for nothing that it has become a destination increasingly sought after by Brazilians. Who is there already looking forward to seeing the country? Aah, and if you have more tips on the place, be sure to share it here in the comments!