New Zealand: How to get ready

New Zealand is a dream of every traveler. And we are no different. During getting ready for our journey to the other side of the world I came across with several information which is good to think of before travelling.

I picked information that has surprised me or hold my interest somehow and prepared articles with basic information travelers might find helpful when getting ready for a journey to New Zealand. Brief and simple facts that describe what to think of when planning the journey, what not to forget about, what to consider and avoid doing.

1. The international driving license

You need the international driving license in case you are planning to drive a car in NZ. There are two types of it but you do not have to worry about it. Workers on a police station will issue the right one according to the country you come from. The license is valid for one year. You can get it while one waits, you only need your photography and valid driving license. Driving in NZ is specific, mostly the fact that they drive on a left side which can cause a bit problem at the beginning. We recommend not to exceed the speed limit, 50km/h within the city and 100km/h out of the city as the fines are very high.

More information:


2. Insurance and voluntary registration

In my opinion, when you travel to the other side of the world it is good to consider registration on the Ministry of foreign affairs web site. The main purpose of the registration is: „To offer the citizens of Slovak republic a free service of providing important information, early warning in case of any danger in foreign countries and to provide help in case of emergency.”  A travelling insurance is a must. In case you have a yearly premium, it is worthy to check its validity and also if it covers country like New Zealand.



3. Visas

There is no need to have visas when your trip in New Zealand will not be longer than three months /90days/. Slovak and Czech citizens don’t get the permission to enter the country not until the passport control in New Zealand. For that purpose you get the Passenger Arrival Card in airplane. Filling it in during the flight would make the following admission process faster. It is also good to evidence documents like your return flight ticket, your itinerary and proof of your financial background – balance of your bank account would be satisfactory. It is very important to remind officer Article 4.

If you are travelling to New Zealand with different purpose than tourism or for longer time than 3 months, please visit the undermentioned web site. It contains an important information such as: how to choose the right type of visas, the list of required documents, as well as the whole procedure. The advantage is t that Slovak citizens are able to apply for the student’s, tourist’s and working visas online.



4. Declaration of goods

New Zealand has a strict rules within biological security that define what can or can not be brought to the island. It is vital to avoid „risky items“ such as food, plants, wooden products, soil, water, animals, livestock products and so on. The interesting fact is that all tourist equipment /boots, tents…/ must be clean when entering New Zealand – without any sediments. A contaminated equipment will not be taken away by the control officers, on the contrary they will help you to clean it and make it suitable.

All „biosecurity risk goods“ must be listed in above-mentioned The Passenger Arrival Card which is an official document. You should be prepared for that before flying to New Zealand. You can find the list of items that are considered endangering and need to be declared after arrival.


5. An itinerary

From my point of view, an itinerary is one of the most important things when preparing for any journey. If you do not belong to the travelers who enjoy unplanned experience, who improvise and make decisions about next steps when travelling, you surely know the importance of the itinerary. The good one should take into consideration your needs, your   travelling goals and also time or financial possibilities. It is one of my favorite activities. Planning or preparing the itinerary enlarge knowledge, information, view and enables the best utilization of allowed time. The general itinerary is also helpful when talking to the officer on passport control who might be interested in your plans during your visit. In any case, preparing an itinerary relates to the next article – booking a car, hotels, camps, cottages…

Different kind of information are commonly available on internet, blogs or travel guides. From all of them I recommend the Lonely planet – New Zealand’s best trips, which contains all basic road trips with their specification, routes, attractions and so on.




6. Booking

Booking in advance will make your trip more comfortable, pleasant and also helps to avoid complications. Booking of a car, van, camps, hotels and other things like cottages is better to do before the departure. It again relates with your travelling preferences, but a lot of these things are cheaper when they are booked online.

Link :

Link van:

App camp: ‪Camping NZ, CamperMate


7. Repellent, sun lotion and “other equipment”

This article includes couple things required to think of. Primarily I would like to call attention to quality repellent when travelling to southern island, where really annoying flies occur. According to tourists and travelers who has already visited the west coast, mainly Milford a normal repellents were less effective. That is why we got a reference to buy quality, more expensive repellent or to buy it right in NZ.

„Other equipment“ contains miscellaneous things. I pick the ones that were stressed out by the ones who have already been there: quality trekking shoes, clothes, trekking sticks, suitcase, tent, sleeping bags. We are planning to get the internet connection right in NZ through the local providers as the data roaming is too expensive. However, you can not rely on internet connection at all places so the hard copy map /waterproof/ should be a must have.


8. Spare memory cards for camera and spare battery chargers

To the base package definitely belongs spare memory cards for camera, or hard disc where you can safely download an obtained material. The irreplaceable thing, mainly during the long journeys out of the civilizations or long walks where there is no electricity, is power bank – the spare external battery charger has proved its usefulness many times so it is never absent on my list.

Another important thing that is good to be aware of when you are planning the trip to NZ. The sockets are different than European so they can not be used with our devices. Buying the special adapter or the universal travelling adapter for various countries will solve the problem easily.


If you have already been to NZ and you know some useful information that is absent in this article, I would be glad that you share it with us. It would help others to make it easier to prepare for such trip.



There is no comment on this post. Be the first one.

Leave a comment