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8 ■ ARRIVAL New Zealand The Helicopter Line, West Coast. Inflite, Mt Cook. Look before you leap watersafety.org.nz Stay water safe in New Zealand Too many visitors to our country die in preventable drowning incidents. Our waterways are beautiful but they are cold and can be dangerous. > Always swim at a patrolled beach. Never go into a river, lake or the sea alone. > The weather and conditions can change quickly. Know your limits. > If you are taking part in any water based activity always wear a lifejacket. > Use a local guide and get local knowledge. XE provides expert foreign exchange services to businesses and individuals around the globe. If you need some financial services during your travels, XE can help you transfer your funds via a simple online system or dedicated dealer for larger transactions. They keep the transaction process as simple, cost effective and stress-free as possible. www.xe.com SALES TAX All goods and services in New Zealand are subject to a 15% goods and services tax. The tax is usually included in the price of an item unless otherwise indicated. There is no GST refund scheme for overseas visitors. TIPPING New Zealanders do not expect tips for normal service, but it is appreciated for excellent service. DRINKING, SMOKING, DRIVING • The minimum age for buying alcohol is 18. • Smoking is not allowed in bars, restaurants or other indoor public areas. • The blood alcohol limit for fully licensed drivers over twenty years is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. For under twenties, it's zero. SAFETY AND SECURITY New Zealand is generally a safe place to travel, but sadly crime does happen. Theft from unattended vehicles is on the rise so never leave valuables in the vehicle, put belongings out of sight, and always lock up. For personal safety, common sense and a touch of caution will see you right. The SAFE (7233) text message service can be accessed by police and is available for anyone wishing to record their NZ travel intentions. It stores travel details but isn't monitored. In emergencies, 111 is still the number to call. Handy traveller's app CamperMate have links with civil emergency services, providing app users with real-time updates that help you stay aware and safe. Download it for free via www.campermate.co.nz It is strongly recommended that all visitors to New Zealand have appropriate insurance protection. If you have arrived in the country without travel insurance, New Zealand's leading insurance provider Southern Cross offers a cost-effective option for those who are coming to New Zealand for either work or leisure. For more information, visit www.scti.co.nz WATER SAFETY New Zealand's waterways are beautiful but they are cold and can be dangerous. Always swim at a patrolled beach. Never go into a river, lake or the sea alone. The weather and conditions can change quickly so don't get caught out of your depth. If you are out on the water, fishing from rocks or collecting seafood always wear a lifejacket. Use a local guide and get local knowledge, see www.watersafety.org.nz for helpful advice. BE SUN SAFE The New Zealand sun is also very strong so it's important to take precautions, visitors often underestimate just how quickly you can get sunburned here! Make sure to wear a high quality sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and reapply after swimming. Bring a hat with

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