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New Zealand

New Zealand is located in the South Pacific and has a population of just over 4 million people. New Zealand is famous for its breathtaking scenery and is home to an amazing array of unique natural wonders. There are alpine mountains, the rugged coastline, volcanic pools and active volcanoes, rivers and lush rainforests. Its cities are relatively small and the country is an adventurer's wonderland with a number of adrenalin-fuelled activities, such as bungee jumping, on offer to tourists. The most commonly spoken language is English, but New Zealand's second language is Maori.

Medical tourism

See the box to the right to view a full list of available treatment areas.

Best time to travel

The north has no real extreme hot or cold temperatures, so is nice to visit all year round, while the south can be quite cool in the winter, with snow in the mountains.

Money and costs

The national currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD, symbol NZ$). Find up-to-date exchange rates and conversion through a currency conversion tool.

Visas

Nationals of the USA, EU and Canada do not require a tourist visa to enter New Zealand for stays of up to three months. UK nationals can stay for up to six months and Australians can stay indefinitely.

Getting there

There are four main airports, depending on which island you are visiting; these are Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington.

Dialling codes

To call New Zealand, the country dialling code is +64.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on New Zealand at:

Lonely Planet - www.lonelyplanet.com/​new-zealand

New Zealand Embassy in the USA - www.nzembassy.com/​home.cfm?c=31

New Zealand Embassy in the UK - newzealand.embassyhomepage.com

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Page last updated: Friday, 2nd September 2011