• New Zealand Regions
      • Hawke's Bay
      • Bay of Plenty
      • Waikato
      • Whanganui
      • Manawatu
      • Northland
      • Auckland
      • Gisborne
      • Taranaki
      • Wellington
      • West Coast
      • Nelson
      • Canterbury
      • Otago
      • Marlborough
      • Southland
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      Hawke's Bay

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      Beaches, wineries and Art Deco. The Hawke's Bay has a diverse economy, including business services that support its sectors to be the second largest contributor to regional GDP in the country. A popular tourist destination, the region has some of the countries best restaurants as well as stunning scenery, markets and festivals.

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      Bay of Plenty

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      The Bay of Plenty is officially New Zealand's sunniest destination, enjoying short-lived winters and long summer days. The Region offers some of the country's most spectacular views and many ways to enjoy the pristine scenery and natural wonders. Visitors also enjoy exploring the Bay's Māori heritage and pre-European roots.

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      Waikato

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      The Waikato is known for its rolling plains, fertile land and the mighty Waikato River. The region is the fourth largest regional economy in New Zealand, with a strong focus on primary production and associated manufacturing.

      Districts

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      Whanganui

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      Welcome to Whanganui. This is our place; where history is full of stories, legends and rich legacy. Where a thriving arts scene, creativity and evolving culture inspire our modern lives. Where breath-taking natural landscapes capture imaginations at every turn.

      Manawatu

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      Located in the lower North Island, Manawatu is heartland New Zealand, offering an authentic Kiwi experience.

      The main in the region are Palmerston North, most notable for Massey University. Palmerston has a vibrant, arts and culture scene.

      The region's economy is based on food production and processing, research and education. The region is also home for the New Zealand defence force.

      Northland

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      Northland was originally home to some of our country's first human inhabitants. Today, it is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand and home to nearly 189,000 people. Rich in culture and history, the region boasts a stunning natural environment.

      Auckland

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      Auckland Region stretches from the the beaches of the Pacific Ocean in the east to the expansive beaches of the rugged west coast of the Tasman Sea. Auckland City, the largest urban area in New Zealand is considered the main economic center of New Zealand and a popular destination for international students and travellers.

      Gisborne

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      Gisborne is a Region on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It's known for wineries and surf beaches such as Makorori. The region has maintained a strong Maori heritage. The region's economy is made up mainly of agriculture, horticulture and forestry.

      Taranaki

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      Taranaki is a coastal and mountainous region on the western side of New Zealand's North Island. Its landscape is dominated by Mount Taranaki, its namesake volcano, which lies within the rainforested Egmont National Park.

      The port city of New Plymouth is the area's cultural and commercial hub. Taranaki's economy is diverse and includes dairy, oil and gas. The region is the highest contributor or national GDP per capita. 

      Wellington

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      The Wellington Region covers Wellington city in the south, Upper and Lower Hutt valleys to the north-east, and Porirua to the north-west. The region takes its name from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.

      Wellington is famous for its arts and culture scene and is also the centre of New Zealand's film industry.

      West Coast

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      The West Coast, or as some locals call it, the "Wild West", is a long thin region that runs down the South Island's west coast.

      The region has the lowest population in all of New Zealand. It is famous for its rugged natural scenery such as the Pancake Rocks, the Blue Pools of Haast, and the glaciers.

      The main industries in the region are dairy farming and mining. Tourism also plays an important role.

      Nelson – Tasman

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      Nelson Tasman is an extraordinary, vibrant region where art and businesses thrive together among a stunning natural landscape. With one in five people internationally born, Nelson Tasman has 48 different cultures living in its environs.

      The region prides its self on being New Zealand’s leading Research and Development areas, with the highest proportion of people working in the research, science and tech sectors out of anywhere in New Zealand.

      Canterbury

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      Canterbury is a region on New Zealand’s South Island marked by grassy plains, clear lakes and snow-capped mountains. Its largest city, Christchurch, is famed for its art scene and green spaces.

      Otago

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      There are few places in the world which will leave you with a lasting sense of difference. Central Otago is undoubtedly one of them from its landscapes, its seasons, its people, its products and experiences.

      Marlborough

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      Marlborough Region is on the north-eastern corner of the South Island. The region is well known for its winemaking industry, and the Marlborough Sounds, an extensive network of coastal waterways, peninsulas and islands.

      Apart from the wine industry, aquaculture, agriculture and tourism play an important role in the local economy.

      Southland

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      Southland is New Zealand’s most southerly region and includes the World Heritage ranked Fiordland National Park.

      The region's only city Invercargill offers a relaxed pace of life with wide streets, little traffic, spacious parks and gardens, striking Victorian and Edwardian architecture and impressive sporting facilities including New Zealand’s first indoor velodrome. Southland's location is such that views of Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights are common.

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Keeping safe while visiting New Zealand

New Zealand is a relatively safe travel destination but we are not crime free. It is important you take the same precautions to look after yourself and your possessions as you would at home.
Keep yourself safe

The emergency number for fire, ambulance and police is 111. Calls are free. There are police stations in all main towns and cities and in many rural areas.

  • Don’t walk alone late at night and avoid unlit areas.
  • Don’t carry lots of cash, valuables or expensive jewellery with you.
  • New Zealanders are very sociable but you need to be sensible. Avoid accepting drinks from strangers and don’t leave your drink unattended.
  • Be aware of people around you when using ATMs (cash machines) and hide your PIN.
  • Hitchhiking or accepting rides from people you don’t know is not recommended. If you do decide to hitchhike, Police strongly advise you not to travel alone.
  • Make sure there is always someone who knows where you are going and when you should arrive at your destination.

 

Keeping your stuff safe

  • Always lock your accommodation or vehicle and keep windows secure.
  • Don’t leave valuables, maps, luggage, GPS devices or visitor brochures visible in parked cars or campervans, especially at scenic spots or trail heads.
  • If there is a safe at your accommodation, use it to store your valuables.
  • If you have to carry valuables in your vehicle, lock them in the boot (trunk).
  • If you have to leave your belongings in your car/campervan in plain view for a short time, try to have someone stay with the vehicle.
  • Keep a record of the description and serial numbers of valuable items such as cameras. You can do it online at SNAP website(link is external).
  • Don’t leave bags, backpacks, wallets, mobile phones or cameras unattended in public places, especially at airports, railway stations or ferry terminals.
  • Park your campervan overnight in a holiday park, Department of Conservation camping ground or other specially designated area. If in doubt, ask at the nearest i-SITE (official visitor information office).
  • Report lost or stolen possessions as soon as possible to the nearest police station (link is external).

 

Keeping safe around alcohol

  • The legal purchase age is 18. If you look 25 years or younger you might be asked for proof of age.
  • The only acceptable proof of age documents are a passport, a New Zealand driver licence or the Hospitality Association of NZ 18+ card.
  • If you use a fake proof of age document, or give/lend one to an underage person knowing they intend to use it to buy alcohol, you could be fined $250.
  • Most towns and cities have liquor bans in designated public places such as the central business district or around sports stadiums.
  • Drinking alcohol or having an open alcohol container in a liquor ban area could lead to a $250 fine or being arrested.
  • You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
  • Intoxicated people, by law, cannot be served alcohol or allowed entry to licensed premises such as pubs, cafes, bars and hotels.
  • Licensed premises such as clubs and pubs must close at 4am. Supermarkets and bottle shops can only sell alcohol from 7am – 11pm.
  • If you do drink, get a friend to take you home or get a taxi (cab).
  • Look after your friends and make sure they get home safely after drinking alcohol.

 

Keeping safe on New Zealand roads

  • Drive on the left-hand side of the road and give way when you turn right.
  • Always rest before starting a road trip, especially after a long flight to New Zealand.
  • You are required by law to carry your driver licence when you’re driving.
  • Keep within posted speed limits – they are rigorously enforced by Police. Fixed and mobile speed cameras operate throughout New Zealand.
  • All drivers and passengers must wear a safety belt. Children under seven must be buckled into approved child restraints.
  • It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving, except to make an emergency 111 call.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime. Penalties are severe and your vehicle could be impounded.
  • There is a zero alcohol limit for drivers under 20. That means if you drive after even one drink you can be charged with drink driving.
  • If driving slowly, pull over where it’s safe and let faster traffic pass.

 

Keeping safe outdoors and around water

  • People often get into difficulty because they overestimate their ability or underestimate the risks.
  • Plan your adventure and tell someone where you intend to go. Be prepared in case things go wrong.
  • Know your limits and don’t take unnecessary risks.
  • Always wear a life jacket when boating.
  • Check the weather and conditions before you go.
  • While enjoying the outdoors please don’t remove any plants or other natural resources.
  • Take the right equipment, including communications so you can call for help.
  • Don’t rely on cell phone coverage. Consider using a personal locator beacon, especially if you’re travelling alone.
    You can buy or hire a distress beacon(link is external).
    For two-way communications in remote areas contact the Mountain Radio Service(link is external).

Outdoor intentions

When you use outdoors for recreational activities, safety is your responsibility. Tell someone your plans (outdoor intentions) as it may save your life.

 

Keeping your credit cards and identity safe

  • Be careful who you give personal information to.
  • Minimise the number of cards and ID you carry in your wallet.
  • Keep an eye on your credit card every time you use it and make sure you get it back as quickly as possible. Try not to let your credit card out of your sight.
  • Keep your credit cards in a purse or wallet close to your body where it can’t easily be snatched away.
  • Shield your credit card number and PIN so that others around you can’t copy it or capture it on a cell phone or other camera.
  • Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.

 

Keep safe via text messaging
New Zealand’s mobile phone providers Telecom, Vodafone and 2degrees Mobile offer a text messaging service for visitors.
You can text about your location and travel movements to 7233 [SAFE]. These details are kept on a central database which can be accessed on request by Police to help find you.
It’s also a good idea to leave detailed information about your travel plans with friends or family back home.

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