New Zealand Travel Planning & Travel Tips

Americans living in or visiting New Zealand are encouraged to register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Wellington and obtain updated information on travel and security within New Zealand.

US Embassy - New Zealand

U.S. Embassy Wellington

29 Fitzherbert Terrace
Wellington 6011
New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 462 6000
Fax: +64 4 499 0490

U.S. Citizens with emergencies, please call (64) (9) 303 2724
Outside of Office Hours, contact: (64) (4) 462 6000
Outside of New Zealand: (011) (64) (4) 462 6000

U.S. Consulate General Auckland

Level 3, 23 Customs Street East
Auckland 1010
New Zealand
During business hours, please call: +64 9 303 2724


New Zealand's seasons are opposite those in the Northern Hemisphere: July is the coldest month and January the warmest. Overall, the climate is fairly mild with few extremes of temperatures. The average temperature ranges from 60 F/15 C in the upper regions of the North Island to 50 F/10 C near the bottom of the South Island. Our favorite months to visit are mid September through October, when the flowers and trees are in bloom. During New Zealand's winter, the weather on top of the mountains can be very cold, so take winter coats and rain gear if you'll be spending much time there. Take a sweater and an umbrella no matter what time of year you visit.


The voltage is 230 volts in New Zealand and plugs are the three-prong type. If you bring a hair dryer, it should be a dual-voltage one, and you'll need an adapter plug. Most motels and some B&Bs have built-in wall transformers for 110-volt, two-prong razors, but if you're going to be staying in hostels, cabins, home stays, or guesthouses, bring dual-voltage appliances.

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