Top 5 Mistakes Tourists Make in New Zealand

Posted on Oct 6 2019 - 11:39pm by Jack Kewel

Top 5 Mistakes Tourists Make in New Zealand

New Zealand is full of amazing places and sights to see and is one of those hidden gems that are definitely worth your time and effort. However, this sort of trip requires a lot of planning, no matter where you come from and how old you are, especially if you want to avoid some of the most common mistakes tourists generally make when visiting New Zealand. So, here are five of these mistakes, as well as some tips on how to avoid them.

Weather conditions

This is one of the most common misconceptions about New Zealand – the weather there isn’t always warm! It’s just as changeable and unpredictable as everywhere in the world, and this is something you have to remember when planning your trip there. This means you have to explore the weather conditions beforehand and get informed, especially while packing your bags.

Whether you come in the spring or fall, the chances are you’ll be spending tons of time in the rain and wind. So, pack lots of clothes and pay attention to layers. If you decide to go in the winter, though, you’ll have to pack lots of warm things, as well as a jacket. Winters in New Zealand can be quite tricky, and you have to do whatever you can to avoid feeling cold all the time.

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Driving in New Zealand

Depending on where you come from, the traffic in New Zealand is either going to be a breeze or the worst thing you’ve ever experienced. If you come from the UK or Australia, you won’t have a problem adjusting to driving on the left – if you come from almost anywhere else, this could take a while. However, the main issue isn’t the side of the road you’re using, but the rules and laws you have to obey.

People in New Zealand are very disciplined and organized when it comes to driving, which is why lots of roads are covered with road cameras. You’ll get a ticket for speeding as well because the speed limit is generally 50 kilometers per hour, which is about 30 miles per hour. In case you drive faster than that in urban areas, you might be dealing with the local police, and that’s never fun.

Using time properly

New Zealand is a huge place, and if you want to visit everything worth visiting, you’re going to need at least a couple of months. That’s why you have to make a proper plan and get organized before you arrive there. Making a list of things you consider important is the best way to go, and then all you have to do is follow your plan.

Another problem with New Zealand is its location – since it’s quite far from basically every other place in the world, you’ll probably be dealing with some jetlag once you get there. That’s why planning a trip that lasts for a couple of days doesn’t make much sense at all. But, if you manage to stay here for at least a week or fortnight, you might be having the time of your life.

Check your mobile plan

Again, being ready is a must, especially when you’re traveling abroad. This includes your mobile plan as well unless you want to be cut off from the world. Some cell phones simply don’t work in certain locations, and there’s very little you can do if you notice that’s the case with your phone upon coming to New Zealand.

What you can do, though, is make a plan beforehand, and solve this problem before it occurs. Getting your personal New Zealand SIM card might help you a lot, and give you a mobile plan you can rely on. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy New Zealand even more and use all those apps that will help you take your experience to the next level.

The best season to visit New Zealand

Even though it may not be the most popular tourist location in the world, New Zealand is still quite popular. That’s why lots of people come here regularly and spend time enjoying the beauties of this wonderful place. But, because of that, there are certain times of the year when lots of tourists arrive at once, and that’s when you should avoid coming here.

The high season in New Zealand is between December and February, because of the nice weather. However, if you come in the off-season, you’ll still get lots of sunny days and warm weather you can enjoy, but you won’t be surrounded by so many tourists.

As you can see, New Zealand is definitely a place you should visit – with so many tourist attractions and amazing locations, you can easily spend weeks here without getting bored. So, get organized in advance and make a proper plan, and you’ll surely make the most of the time you’re about to spend in New Zealand. 

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Jack Kewell is a writer, science editor, naturalist, entrepreneur. He is focused on writing and illustrating books. Also, he is a regular contributor to Mountaintechblog