8 things to know if you visit New Zealand

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Kia Ora! New Zealand is now one of my favorite countries in the world. With only having one week to visit, I will definitely be back to visit more sites in the future. Luckily, the country is just a 12 hour flight from Los Angeles and beautiful to visit year around.

  1. Chase Sapphire so you have no credit card fees. Charles Schwab checking if you want to take out cash (everywhere takes credit cards). Priority Pass to comfortably wait for your flight.
  2. American (or written in English) drivers license if you’re renting a car.
  3. An unlocked phone, so you can purchase a SIM card (vodaphone company gives you a free SIM card). A cell phone is handy to have to map to locations and call ahead to places to check if they’re open.
  4. Rent a car! New Zealand's real beauty lies in its inaccessibility and remoteness. Not only is it super affordable averaging $20 a day, but the roads are well maintained. There are also these cars called "Jucy" that you can rent, that you can sleep in. 
  5. Pick up the New Zealand guide from the airport specifically, this has coupons for a lot of the major tourist attractions. There’s a lot of tourist competing attractions, so it’s good to do your research a head of time.
  6. Watch a Maori cultural show. This is a great way to understand the culture of the country.
  7. Bring a reusable mug, if you’re a coffee drinker some establishments will give you up to a 20% discount. The tap water is clean and safe to drink. Bottled water is pricey averaging $3.50 US for an average bottle.
  8. If you go in winter like me, bring winter specific items (snow resistant shoes, hand warmers, warm beanie, etc), such as warm clothes and that includes thermals so you’re able to layer wisely. The winter averages about 45 degrees during the day and about 35 degrees in the evening. It is also easy to buy clothes in New Zealand.

Souvenirs to purchase: Green Jade, Merino Wool, Manduka Honey, and All Black paraphernalia.

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