People love to throw around the phrase ‘natural beauty’. Then they go to New Zealand.

The ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ – it’s a classic Kiwi understatement if there ever was one. And while most travellers are drawn to New Zealand for those epic experiences out in nature – the open spaces, the dusted peaks, the lakes that pop with blue and make a mockery of Instagram filters – that stuff is just the tip of the glacier. From the feather-clad harbingers of Maoritanga to the happening backstreets of Wellington and Dunedin, to the natural beauty of Milford Sound, this country jumps with vitality in more ways than the merely geological. Come for the epic trails and bubbling geysers, stay for the friendliest folk in the southern hemisphere.

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Accommodation in New Zealand

Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.

When travelling with us in New Zealand you may find yourself staying in a:

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One of the most relaxing ways to experience New Zealand’s natural world is aboard an overnight boat. Spot wildlife and admire the scenery during the day, and drift off to sleep at night.

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Trips on or before 31 December 2022

If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. 

Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test. 

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). 

However, we continue to strongly recommend  that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

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Australia: No - not required
Belgium: No - not required
Canada: No - not required
Germany: No - not required
Ireland: No - not required
Netherlands: No - not required
New Zealand: No - not required
South Africa: No - not required
Switzerland: No - not required
United Kingdom: No - not required
USA: No - not required

For the most up to date information on visa requirements, we recommend you contact the New Zealand embassy in your country or visit http://www.immigration.govt.nz

Tipping isn’t mandatory in New Zealand, however rounding up the bill or leaving spare change is common practice. Restaurant staff, taxi drivers and other service workers welcome tips for good service.

Internet access is widely available in most parts of New Zealand, with internet cafes and Wi-Fi hot spots commonly found in urban areas.

Mobile phone coverage is excellent in most parts of New Zealand, especially in large cities and urban areas. Remote, rural and mountainous places may have limited to no coverage, so be aware of this before venturing away from the city. Ensure global roaming is activated before leaving your home country if you want to use your mobile.

You'll find western-style flushable toilet in most parts of New Zealand.

Cup of coffee = 3–4 NZD
Jug of beer = 15–18 NZD
Lunch at a cafe = 10–20 NZD
Dinner at a restaurant = 30–40 NZD

Drinking water from taps in New Zealand is considered safe, unless otherwise marked. For environmental reasons, try to use a refillable water bottle rather than buying bottled water.

Credit cards are widely accepted by shops, restaurants and cafes in New Zealand. Smaller establishments may only accept cash or require a minimum purchase for credit card use, so be sure to carry enough cash for smaller purchases.

ATMs are commonly found in large cities and regional towns in New Zealand. ATM access will be very limited in remote areas so be aware of this before heading out of the city.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

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  • 23 Jan Wellington Anniversary Day
  • 30 Jan Auckland Anniversary Day
  • 30 Jan Nelson Anniversary Day
  • 6 Feb Waitangi Day
  • 13 Mar Taranaki Anniversary Day
  • 20 Mar Otago Anniversary Day
  • 14 Apr Good Friday
  • 17 Apr Easter Monday
  • 18 Apr Southland Anniversary Day
  • 25 Apr ANZAC Day
  • 5 Jun Queen's Birthday
  • 25 Sep Canterbury (South) Anniversary Day
  • 20 Oct Hawkes' Bay Anniversary Day
  • 23 Oct Labour Day
  • 30 Oct Marlborough Anniversary Day
  • 17 Nov Canterbury Anniversary Day
  • 27 Nov Chatham Islands Anniversary Day
  • 4 Dec Westland Anniversary Day
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec Boxing Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in New Zealand go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/new-zealand/public-holidays

New Zealand legalised same-sex marriage in 2013, and is by and large welcoming of gay and gender-fluid communities. While the big cities such as Auckland and Wellington are accommodating towards LGBTQI travellers, caution should be used in rural areas where conservative views are more prevalent (as in any developed country). For more detailed and up-to-date information, visit Equaldex or Smartraveller before you travel.

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Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

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How we're giving back

In New Zealand, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally-run restaurants and markets where travellers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.