New Zealand backpacking tips
Driving on New Zealand roads – can be dangerous so know the rules!
- Need valid driver licence or International driver licence
- must wear seatbelt
- not allowed to drive drunk or on drugs
- not allowed to use mobile phone
- Drive on left – lots of tourist accidents so this is a biggy
- Drivers should be closest to the centre line
- Unusual road signs
- National speed limit is up to 100 km per hour
- New Zealand has a lot of one lane bridges specific set of rules
- Rail crossings
- Most of New Zealand is country side and popular tourist spots are spread throughout the entire country
- Is common to see animals being walked along country roads slow down and stop to let them pass
- A person standing on road side waving arm up and down slowly means – Slow Down Hazard Ahead!
- Is courtesy if driving slow to look for safe areas to pull over and allow other traffic to pass.
- Never drive tired, take plenty of rest stops and enjoy the scenery.
- New Zealand has excellent food and shopping choices
- Buying food supermarkets are cheaper than convenience stores
- Convenience stores or corner stores in New Zealand are often called a ‘Dairy’
- Most supermarkets accept credit cards but smaller stores often do not so good idea to carry some cash as well
- Many International Debit Cards do not work in the EFTPOS terminals
- No requirement to pay Tips and goods and services tax is usually included on the bill or advertised price.
Places to Stay
- In tourist towns there are always a selection of Hotels, Motels, Camp-grounds, Cabins, & Backpackers,
- Advanced bookings is recommended especially in peak seasons, small towns may not offer 24 hour receptions so check
- Look out for i-sites good source for finding maps and local attractions
- Department of Conversation offers over 200 camp-grounds, they are cheap and located in scenic off beaten track spots.
- Check Freedom Camping rules and know that self contained means toilet, showering and cooking facilities.
New Zealands Natural Environment
- New Zealand’s wildlife is spectacular huge variety, and some of the most unique in the world
- New Zealand has strong animal protection rules, domestic, farming, or hunting and fishing and the people take seriously.
- Most New Zealanders have pets; cats and/or dogs, horses, rabbits, birds, fish
- You do not hunt or eat domestic animals , like cats and dogs.
- Some types of fishing and hunting require permits, and may be restricted to certain locations and/or times, trout, whitebait, and duck shooting for example
- Some species have quotas a certain number and size permitted to catch and keep
- Recreational fishing is allowed and ‘catch and release’ of healthy creatures is encouraged.
- New Zealand is mostly country side; some wildlife search for warm so it can be common to see spiders and mice in NZ living spaces
- There are No snakes in New Zealand
- Only 4 poisonous spiders; Katipo (Native very shy seldom seen), Daddy-long-legs (most poisonous but mouth is too small to bite people) Red Back (from Australia occasionally seen) and the White Tail (from Australia most common and can cause nasty infection best to seek medical help)
Allow MORE TIME!!! biggest complaint travellers have is wishing they could stay longer
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