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Arrival Issue #66 Summer 2018

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ARRIVAL New Zealand ■ 7 Beehive & Parliament Buildings, Wellington. Tranz Alpine Train alongside Waimakariri River. new zealand Use this short overview of New Zealand to find out key information, learn a little about the country and inspire your trip. A QUICK GUIDE A BRIEF HISTORY A round 180 million years ago New Zealand broke away from a giant landmass called Gondwana and drifted nearly 3,000km south to where it sits today. Polynesians sailed here in the early 1300s, following their ancestor Kupe, who had named the country Aotearoa – "Land of the Long White Cloud". Dutch explorer Abel Tasman arrived in 1642, naming the land "Nieuw Zeeland". European settlement began in 1769 with the arrival of British navigator Captain James Cook. In 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi confirmed New Zealand as a British colony and it became an independent nation in 1947. A visit to any of the country's excellent museums will fill you in on everything that's led us to where we are now – a modern, multi-cultural nation enjoying an enviable Pacific lifestyle. ($5–$50), credit cards, calling cards and some take coins. WEATHER The weather anywhere in New Zealand can be changeable, with location and weather patterns having a huge influence. Average summer (December – February) maximum temperatures range from 20–30°C and in winter (June – August) the range is 10–16°C. Spring and autumn temperatures generally fall somewhere in between. SAVE $$ Travelling during the winter months means beds are cheaper and there are deals aplenty on activities. PASSPORTS Passports must be valid for a certain number of months beyond the intended date of departure, depending on your nationality. Those with e-passports from the US, AUS, CA and UK can use the SmartGates at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. BANKING / CURRENCY Banks hours are generally 9am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday but in cities some are open on Saturday mornings, late nights and weekends. 24-hour ATMs are widespread. You can buy NZ dollars at banks and foreign exchange kiosks, and at international airports. Major credit cards are accepted and travellers' cheques can be used at banks, many hotels, and some stores. You may not be able to change travellers' cheques in regional areas, especially on weekends. SAVE $$ Withdraw money in larger chunks to lessen the effect of bank and card issuer fees. ESSENTIALS ON ARRIVAL Auckland Airport is 21 kilometres (14 miles) from the CBD. A free bus runs between international and domestic terminals. Skybus operates to and from the City 24 hours, 7 days. During peak times Skybus runs every 10 minutes weekdays (6am-7pm) and every 15 minutes weekends (6am-7pm). The journey takes approx. 55 minutes and costs $18 one-way, $32 return if booked online, expect to pay more for walk-up bookings. SkyBus also goes to Auckland's North Shore, with North Harbour Express one way tickets starting at $24 when booked online. Taxis ($60 - $80) and shuttles ($30 - $40 per person, less for multiple passengers) are found outside the terminals. Major car rental companies have depots within the airport complex, while off-site companies offer free shuttles – as do airport hotels and motels. SAVE $$ Catch the orange 380 Airporter bus to Papatoetoe Station then onto a train into Auckland, the bus runs every 15 minutes. This is the cheapest way to get into the city, costing $10.10 and taking around an hour, excluding waiting time. PHONE NUMBERS • Emergency – for fire, police and ambulance dial 111. • International operator 0170 • International directory assistance 0172 • Local operator 010 • New Zealand directory assistance 018 Public payphones accept phone cards

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