Things You Should Know Before Visiting New Zealand

Lake Pukaki, New Zealand
Lake Pukaki, New Zealand. Photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash

Congratulations if you have picked New Zealand as your next trip destination. It is one of the most unique places on Earth and a dream for any serious traveler. But before you actually get on that plane, there are some things you should know about the country.

You Need to Pay a Fee to Enter New Zealand

U.S. citizens don’t require a visa to visit New Zealand. However, you’ll be required to pay the Electronic Travel Authorization fee. This document allows travelers from visa-exempt countries to enter. It costs 23 New Zealand Dollars ($13.63) and needs to be secured prior to your arrival through the official government website.

Don’t Expect Good and Free Internet Everywhere

Major cities in New Zealand offer great internet speeds, but you’ll need to make an effort to find free access to it. Remote areas, on the other hand, are known to have slow internet and low cell signal coverage.

Sunscreen is a Must

Sun can be really harsh in New Zealand and quickly get you if you are not careful enough. Even if there are some clouds in the sky, getting sunburns is a possibility, so you’ll need to make sure to apply enough sunscreen to protect your skin.

People Drive on the Left in New Zealand

Like most British colonies, New Zealand also uses a left-hand traffic system. Keep this in mind if you are planning to rent a car while there.