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Essential Tips for Traveling in New Zealand: What to Pack and Plan For

Updated: Jun 7

Essential Tips for Traveling in New Zealand: What to Pack and Plan For

Planning a trip to New Zealand? This guide will help you prepare by covering essential tips, from what to pack to what to budget for, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey.

Remember to Allow For

When planning your trip, make sure to budget for:

  • Entrance Fees and Excursion Costs: Many activities and attractions may require additional fees.

  • Meals: Include lunches and evening meals, as these are often not included in itineraries.

  • Breakfast Supplies: Plan for self-catering when breakfast isn't provided.

  • Light Meals Supplies: Useful for when restaurants are unexpectedly closed.

  • Alcoholic Beverages: Unless wine tastings are specified, budget for drinks separately.

  • Personal Insurance and Medical Fees: Essential for peace of mind and unexpected expenses.

  • See Money Matters for more info on prices.

What to Wear

New Zealand is typically informal, so bring comfortable, casual clothes. However, here are some specific recommendations:

  • Casual Clothes: Comfortable for daily activities.

  • Smart Casual: For bars and restaurants, avoid shorts and sandals in city bars.

  • Outdoor Gear: Swimming gear, sturdy walking shoes, rainwear, and sunglasses.

  • Sun Protection: Sunscreen is crucial due to the strong sun, even on cloudy days.

  • Insect Repellent: For sandflies and mosquitoes.

Additional Packing Tips

  • Sunblock for Skin and Lips: The sun in New Zealand is very strong.

  • Sunhat and Sunglasses: Essential for protection.

  • Beach Towel and Swimsuit: For beach visits and water activities.

  • Raincoat and Light Long Pants: Useful for varied weather conditions.

  • Socks for Evenings: Ideal for sitting outside.

By planning ahead and packing the right items, you can ensure a comfortable and enjoyable trip to New Zealand. Don't forget to prepare for all kinds of weather and activities to make the most of your adventure.

We help you plan an unforgettable journey in New Zealand!


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