Welcome to

New Zealand

Population: 4.5 million (UN, 2012)
Capital: Wellington
Largest city: Auckland
Area: 270,534 sq km (104,454 sq miles)
Major languages: English, Maori
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 79 years (men), 83 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 New Zealand dollar ($NZ) = 100 cents
Main exports: Wool, food and dairy products, wood and paper products
GNI per capita: US $29,140 (World Bank, 2010)
International dialing code: +64

Every new day in the world starts with New Zealand. New Zealanders are already up and working while rest of the world is in darkness. New Zealanders are known as “Kiwis”. They enjoy the quiet relaxed life style.

The country is made up of two major islands: Northern Island and Southern Island. New Zealand is similar in size to UK or Japan but with a smaller population. New Zealand has a population of 4.4 Million divided between North Island 76% and South Island 24%. New Zealand laws prohibit discrimination of Gender, Race and Religion. 2006 Census indicates 55% New Zealanders are Christians and public holidays are determined by Christian calendar.

New Zealand is ranked world’s most peaceful nation on earth according to Global Peace Index – 2010 and least corrupt country according to 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index.

New Zealand’s amazing landscape includes world’s most beautiful natural environments. Climate is temperate with relatively mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers with four seasons during the year. Summer: December-February, Autumn: March-May, Winter: June-August, Spring: September-November.

New Zealand has recognized three (3) official languages – English, Maori and Sign Language (for the deaf). However, New Zealand is an English speaking country with a long tradition of teaching English and proved an ideal place to learn English. Maori are known as people of the land. According to 2006 census conducted revealed 01 in 07 New Zealanders identified as Maori.

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Visa Grant date : 14th January 2010
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Universities & Colleges

institution-logo-2771Auckland University of Technology
institution-logo-2791Victoria University of Wellington
Welcome to Victoria University of Wellington -Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui. This website provides detailed information about the University and its activities and accomplishments. For more than a century, the Universi…
 institution-logo-2786University of Otago
New Zealand’s first University, founded in 1869. The University of Otago provides a research-led learning environment that is second to none with a richly deserved reputation for excellence. Here, at Otago, you will have unprecedented opport…
3University of Waikato
For some of you it will be your first experience of living away from home and I urge you to work hard and embrace the new opportunities that come with university life. The University of Waikato will soon celebrate its first 50 years. While we prov…
institution-logo-2780University of Auckland
The University of Auckland has, for more than a century, been dedicated to its mission to nurture scholars who will contribute to society by advancing knowledge and imparting it to new generations of students. Staff, students and supporters take prid…
institution-logo-2783University of Canterbury
institution-logo-2778Massey University
institution-logo-2774 (1)Lincoln University
Lincoln is New Zealand’s third oldest university. Founded in 1878 as a School of Agriculture, the organisation was linked to Canterbury College, welcoming its first intake of students in 1880. In 1896, with agriculture now well established a…
10Whitireia Auckland Campus
Whitireia New Zealand is a government owned and funded tertiary institute of technology, known for its high student success rate and culturally diverse student body. It has grown since its establishment in 1986 on the shores of Porirua Harbour, to be…
institution-logo-3848Computer Power Plus- Wellington Campus
Computer Power Plus is owned by Whitireia New Zealand Limited and is jointly operated by Whitireia New Zealand and Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec), two very successful and highly regarded Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics in New Z…
institution-logo-14236New Zealand School of Education
NZSE is a quality provider of tertiary programmes in ICT, Business, Design, Digital Media, Education, Foundation Studies and English Language Programmes in Auckland, with a main campus in Avondale, New Lynn, Manukau, and another in Auckland CBD. …
institution-logo-7913Tasman International Academies
Tasman International Academies is a Tertiary Education Provider registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). We provide quality Tertiary Diploma Courses (Business, Computing, IT Support & Operations and Multimedia) General English…
institution-logo-13621Queens Academic Group – Auckland campus
Queens Academic Group was established around 12 years ago. It is a well reputed college as it is Govt funded PTE, category1 college. It is located in the heart of the city. We have variety of courses such as, Electronics, Business, IT, Engg, Hospital…
institution-logo-7871International College of New Zealand
A Tertiary Education Organization built on the tradition of excellence and is renowned for high quality education
institution-logo-7968Regent International Education Group
Regent International is registered as a Private Training Establishment by the NZQA under the Education Act 1989. Regent International is centrally located in the heart of the city on Queen Street, Auckland. We have students from a variety of cultures…
institution-logo-2840ACG-Academic Colleges Group
Ms Dawn Jones (ex-Diocesan) and Sir John Graham (ex-Auckland Grammar School), both well-known and highly respected educationalists and past principals of top New Zealand schools, developed the idea of a senior school for Auckland (ACG Senior College)…
institution-logo-14236New Zealand School of Education
New Zealand School of Education – Where exciting, educational experiences serve to transform lives and deliver best in class employment outcomes. NZSE is a leading tertiary provider of ICT, Business, Design, Digital Media, Education, Foundation S…
institution-logo-13579Animation College- New Zealand
Animation College began as part of Freelance Animators Ltd, founded in 1989 by American, John Ewing – a former Disney animator, and design studio owner, Barry Pearce. John Ewing trained as an animator at Disney Studios in the ’50s and ’60s, the go…
institution-logo-2861Edenz Colleges
Welcome to EDENZ Colleges, a unique school with an international vision. Our passion is providing students with a quality education that will enable them to be successful in their future careers. Since 1988, we have been committed to offering student…
institution-logo-49Computer Power Plus- Auckland Campus
Computer Power Plus is owned by Whitireia New Zealand Limited and is jointly operated by Whitireia New Zealand and Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec), two very successful and highly regarded Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics in New Z…
institution-logo-49Computer Power Plus- Christchurch Campus
Computer Power Plus is owned by Whitireia New Zealand Limited and is jointly operated by Whitireia New Zealand and Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec), two very successful and highly regarded Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics in New Z…
institution-logo-2850Birkenhead College
At Birkenhead College we have high aspirations for our students and a commitment to developing the full potential of every student. We place a high priority on academic attainment and on developing self esteem, initiative, creativity and personal r…
institution-logo-2843Avondale College
Avondale College provides an outstanding quality of education within one of New Zealand’s biggest and best secondary schools. Our co-educational college has all the advantages of size yet offers all the warmth, encouragement and intimacy of a small s…
institution-logo-2836ABC College of English
We offer: A friendly, multinational school with a welcoming, family atmosphere A centrally located, modern, well-equipped 2 story building owned by ABC College of English Beautiful panoramic views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the surroundi…
institution-logo-2826Chrustchurch College of Education
The University of Canterbury College of Education incorporates the former Christchurch College of Education and the University’s School of Education. Founded in 1877, the Christchurch College of Education had a distinguished history of excellence …


Visas, Working in New Zealand and migration
Visitor visas and passports

You will only need to apply for a visitor visa if you are not from a visa waiver country. Please refer to the Immigration New Zealand website for more information.
Your passport must be valid for at least one month after departure from New Zealand if your country has consular representation in New Zealand or three months after departure if it does not.

Working in New Zealand

If you are under 30 years old or under and come from a participating country, you may qualify for our youth working holiday scheme. Find out more about the youth working holiday scheme here. Please refer to the Immigration New Zealand website for other information on work visas.

Migrating to New Zealand

For official information on migrating to New Zealand please go to Immigration New Zealand.

Study in New Zealand

Immigration New Zealand also provides official information on study visas.

The Study New Zealand website provides information on courses, institutions and scholarships.

Customs and Quarantine Requirements
Please visit the Biosecurity New Zealand website for information on what food items can be bought into New Zealand. Please refer to the Customs New Zealand website for a list of any other items that are prohibited to bring into New Zealand.  There are specific cleaning requirements for fishing equipment.

General itinerary planning and finding a tour
You’ll find a variety of awesome landscapes in New Zealand, all within easy reach of each other. Please refer to our Recommended Trips page for a collection of itineraries that range from 3 to 30 days. If you would like more information about tours in New Zealand, please visit our tours page.

Air New Zealand Enquiries

This is the official website for Tourism New Zealand. For information and enquiries about Air New Zealand, please visit their official website at www.airnewzealand.com.

Is it safe to book with a New Zealand company?

All New Zealand companies must operate within our consumer protection laws. Please visitConsumer Affairs for information on the Consumer Guarantees Act, which covers a consumer’s rights after purchase.

If you have concerns before booking you can ask what customer protection insurance a business has in place.

Many tourism companies are Qualmark licensed.  Qualmark is the New Zealand tourism industry’s main quality assurance system. Look for companies that are Qualmark licensed as a mark of quality business practises.

Do I need to book ahead?

Our peak season runs from October through to April, centred on summer December to February. During this full period it is strongly recommended that you book any tours, events, accommodation and transport ahead of time to ensure availability. Outside of these months there is a less of a need to book in advance, except in ski resort towns such as Queenstown and Wanaka.

Travel Agent/ Finding tourism collateral

Tourism New Zealand has a dedicated Trade website that’s specially designed for travel agents.  You may wish to apply for images for New Zealand webpage or brochure design from our Visuals library. There is an application process as copyright remains with photographers.

Walking & Hiking in New Zealand

New Zealand is a walking and hiking paradise, and is home to many impressive single and multi-day walks for all abilities. Guides and packages are available, or it is possible to walk independently.  It is recommended that you book ahead if trekking on any of our Great Walks. Find out more aboutwalking and hiking in New Zealand.


There are three long distance train routes in New Zealand, and a handful of shorter scenic rail experiences. You can find more information about travelling by rail here.

Buses and coaches

New Zealand has daily scheduled passenger bus services available throughout the country. There are also backpacker coach networks and many other coach companies serving the major tourist routes. Find out more about bus & coach transport here.


There are passes that cover the national Intercity coach network, the three scenic rail journeys andcombine rail and Cook Strait ferry passage.

Cook Strait Ferries

Bluebridge and Interislander operate Cook Strait ferry services between Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island.  We recommend that you pre book if travelling with a car or campervan.  Some rental car companies offer vehicle swap between these places.


The most popular places to board a cruise to New Zealand are Australia and the South Pacific. Options for day trips depend on the port that you are docking at.  Find out more port information or to link through to global cruise line websites.

Driving in New Zealand

You can legally drive in New Zealand for 12 months if you have either a current full driver’s license from your home country in the English language or an International Driving Permit.  You must carry your license or permit at all times when driving and you are only able to drive the same types of vehicles you are licensed to drive in your home country.

You can find out more about driving in New Zealand here. And to find out whether your driving license is valid in New Zealand click here.

The Automobile Association provides national highway updates online.  Any weather related driving updates are also widely covered in the New Zealand media.

New Zealand is home to a temperate climate with high sunshine hours and moderate rainfall. Much of the country lies near the coast, which means mild temperatures. The average temperature decreases as you travel south; January and February are the warmest months with July being the coldest month of the year. Find out more about New Zealand climate and weather here.

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Research Queries
All of Tourism New Zealand’s research is available from our corporate website.  The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Statistics New Zealand sites are also worth visiting for tourism research.  If you’re researching a general New Zealand topic the New Zealand Encyclopaedia website is a good place to start.