VISA AND OTHER PROCEDURES
Portuguese and Brazilian citizens are exempt from a visa to enter and stay in New Zealand for up to 90 days.
New Zealand authorities do not require any vaccination certificates. There are no risks of disease transmission worthy of alarm.
For more information on traveling health, see the Health Portal of the Ministry of Health and Tropical and Traveler Medicine Clinic. In FitForTravel find country-specific health and disease prevention advice (in English).
TRIP TO NEW ZEALAND
A Star Alliance fly from Lisbon to Auckland with the Lufthansa (tel.: 707 782 782) via Frankfurt and Singapore, from €800.
the national company Air New Zealand it flies to almost every corner of the country, with the exception of the inhospitable southern tip of the Fiordland region.
They are very common in many parts of New Zealand. If you have the financial relief you need, don't miss the opportunity to land on an ice field near the top of Mount Cook, or fly over the Southern Alps and Milford Sound from Queenstown or Te Anau, on the South Island. , are carried out in light aircraft and cost from €100 to €800 per person. The price depends on the itinerary and the duration of the flight.
As a green country, New Zealand has sacrificed as little of its scenery as possible to the wider tarmac of the highways. It has an acceptable and well-maintained simple road network. For those who arrive on time, the best way to explore the nation Kiwi is renting a car or a campervan, preferably 4WD, which gives you safer driving and allows you to explore dirt roads. New Zealand drivers respect the rules and speed limits in a way that is sometimes exasperating for those arriving from stops more relaxed with rules and regulations.
The lowest price you will find for car hire is around €15 per day, as a rule, for a Japanese used petrol car but in good condition, with insurance included, in low season and for periods of more than 15 days. The most famous company for practicing this type of prices is the A2B Rentals. Several others are only slightly more expensive.
Caravan rental equipped for sleeping and cooking on board starts at €30 per day, with insurance included. Approximately twice as much if they are 4WD. A jeep costs from €45 per day. You must add to these expenses the gasoline that costs around €1,40 per liter.
As an alternative to car rental, sign up for the numerous tours offered by agencies and operators kiwis but remember that in terms of discovering the country, you lose out. It will only be able to stop where it is scheduled.
As an antipodean country to Portugal, New Zealand has four inverted seasons in the year, compared to European ones.
Unless you are interested in practicing winter sports, the best times to visit the country are New Zealand's summer and spring – from late November to March – when it rains less throughout the country and in particular on the east coast and in the must-see area of the fjords. In April, temperatures start to drop to minus degrees and the first snow falls in the mountains.
Queenstown and Wanaka – New Zealand's top snow sports destinations – are in full swing from June to late September.
The local currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). International surveys are possible, everywhere, in the main locations and also at refueling stations on the roads. Payments with credit cards are almost always accepted. New Zealand now has a higher cost of living than Portugal. The recent appreciation of the New Zealand dollar against the euro had a great influence on this new reality.
Stays range from €20 per person, per night, in a hostel, to several hundred euros, per night, in the finest hotels in the country.
New Zealand is served by a vast network of International Hostels and by countless hostels and private hostels with very affordable prices.
A half liter of water costs around €1,50. A complete meal can cost between €8 in a cheap restaurant and €200 in a more sophisticated restaurant.
Almost all Youth Hostels and guest houses ensure internet access but it is not always included in the price of the overnight stay. The purchase of internet credit cards in different periods of time that can be used during stays has become commonplace. The more time you buy, the cheaper the internet. The most expensive hotels, these, usually have free access. Some cafes keep the sign open or provide passwords to customers.