Discover New Zealand
Discover our best tips for a great summer vacation in New Zealand.
Temperature and climate
New Zealand has an average high temperatures ranging from 21°C to 24° Celsius (75 F). Summer in New Zealand is hot but not stuffy. There is a lot of sunshine in New Zealand, and it rains very little over most of the territory.
Sun, sea, and sand
New Zealand is an island country. You can spend your holidays by picnicking on the beach, kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, and swimming on hot summer days. The list goes on and on. See ou pages of the top 5 places to visit for inspiration.
New Zealand’s endemic tree, the Pohutukawa, displays bright red flowers, which have earned it its nickname “New Zealand’s Christmas tree”. You can swim with dolphins, follow the coastal paths, and taste delicious seafood. The Kiwi fruit is very delicious in New Zealand. You can learn to surf in New Zealand.
Places like Raglan, Taranaki, and Mount Maunganui are real paradises for surfers.
The world-famous Rotorua cycle paths are bordered by huge redwoods that shade it perfectly. It is the best place to stay cool. Hell-hiking on the old Franz Josef glacier is a great activity for the hottest months when the sky is clear and it rarely rains. Stroll through the picturesque streets of Akaroa, the first and only French colony in New Zealand.
Like other Christian countries, New Zealand respects religious days. They celebrate Christmas, Easter, and Good Friday. The citizens of New Zealand also honor history with a few holidays, such as Waitangi Day, which celebrates the day when the treaty between the Maori and the British colony was signed. Anzac Day is an opportunity for them to celebrate the landing of armed troops during the First World War. The birthday of the Queen of England is also celebrated, the first Monday in June.
Travel tips for summer
- Book well in advance during the high season, it is recommended to book accommodation, tours, and transportation early.
- Follow a circuit
- Expect congested roads. Following an organized tour is a good option to relax and enjoy the view.
- Don’t forget the sunscreen
The sun hits harder in New Zealand than in other parts of the world. If you spend the day outside, we strongly recommend that you protect yourself with a sunscreen that has a high protection index to avoid sunburn.
Population and language in New Zealand
There are nearly 4.18 million people in New Zealand, which represents a density of 15 inhabitants /km². Two-thirds of the population is of European origin, they are generally called “Pakeha”. Māori constitutes the largest minority (14.6%). The other minorities are from Asia (9.2%), Polynesia (6.9%), and Melanesia or Micronesia (0.4%). The peculiarity of the New Zealand population is that it is surpassed by the number of sheep in the country. The two official languages are English and Maori.
Religion in New Zealand
Religion is part of the culture of New Zealand.
34.7% of the population declare themselves an atheist. The major religion in New Zealand remains Christianity (60%). Within this religion, some are Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian, and Methodist while some join Pentecostal, Baptist or even Mormon Church’s. Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam are present but much less widespread.
New Zealand cuisine
New Zealand is a breeding ground, renowned for its lamb meat. It is served very cooked. Don’t forget to taste the delicious seafood and fish. New Zealanders love them served with fries.
Most travelers are fond of the New Zealand sweet potato Kumar. As for the most popular fruit remains the Kiwi. An illustrious dessert called La Pavlova big meringue is covered with kiwis. It is possible to drink tap water in New Zealand, but most travelers prefer bottles or mineral water. Beer is very popular with New Zealanders, but you will also find very good wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, which has won New Zealand prizes in international competitions.
Driving is on the left. The minimum age that is allowed to drive a vehicle is 21 years old. An international driving license is required in addition to your valid passport.
No vaccine is mandatory due to the cleanliness and absence of an epidemic in the country. Remember to take your medical treatments. You can carry medications to counter colds, migraines, and insect bites. Also provide wipes, always practical in isolated places.