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9 Travel Tips for New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the finest locations on Earth for conducting business. Businesses in New Zealand have a long history of foreign trading with both imports and exports.

 

There are many advantages to doing business in New Zealand. With an abundance of suppliers to choose from, and just as many businesses interested in imported goods.

 

All that aside, New Zealand’s advantages and disadvantages both come from its isolation from the rest of the world.

 

There are many advantages to doing business in New Zealand. With an abundance of suppliers to choose from, and just as many businesses interested in imported goods.

 

The business culture in New Zealand typically demands that foreign businesspersons make the trip there in person to talk shop. Traveling from the US, a direct flight will only clock in at around 12 hours. While that is fairly long, it’s not the longest business flight you could ever take.

 

Once you arrive in New Zealand though, there are many differences from the US that will be helpful for you to know before your travel.

 
 

Inverted Seasons

 

The first thing you’ll notice when you get off your plane is that the season will be the opposite of where you’re coming from.

 

This is important to consider when packing and planning transportation. During the winter months of June to August some areas may be more difficult to access. The South Island in particular gets regular snowfalls that can potentially cause flight and road delays just as any northern city in the US may face.

 
 

Appliances

 
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The outlets in New Zealand have a different voltage than the ones in the US.

 

Because of this, you won’t be able to plug in your US appliances, and in fact it could potentially damage them if you try. Bringing a travel adapter, which can be easily purchased online or in most department stores, can solve this problem. Often times airports will sell assorted adapters for the traveling businessperson. Most hotels with also have a 110-volt US standard set of plugs in the washroom that is only used for razors.

 
 

An Expensive Locale

 

A downside to New Zealand being an isolated island is that it can drive up the price of products.

 

It’s good to budget more than you think you’ll need for things like food and somewhere to stay

 

As a general rule of thumb, it’s good to budget more than you think you’ll need for things like food and somewhere to stay. At the same time, this also means that businesses tend to pull in more than you’d expect which for your small business is a good thing.

 
 

Book in Advance

 

New Zealand is an in-demand location both for business and tourism.

 

Because of New Zealand’s popularity it’s a good idea to book your flight and where you plan to stay at least a month in advance. Also, traveling during the summer months of December to February is a very busy time for New Zealand. If you can, it’s better to avoid these months.

 
 

Long Roads

 
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The roads in New Zealand are known to be winding and long to travel.

 

This is not just because they’re jaw-droppingly scenic. To accommodate the winding hills and mountains, the roads are rarely straight and don’t make for smooth driving. Businesses in New Zealand highly value being on time, and won’t be impressed if you blame the roads for being late. To them, it’s not an excuse.

 

New Zealand’s roads also have different laws that are important to know while traveling around it.

 

  • They drive on the left side of the road in New Zealand
  • It is illegal for cyclists to ride on motor ways
  • Roads will have painted arrows pointing in the opposite direction that you are driving, don’t worry you are on the right (or in this case left) side of the road.
  • Standard US road rules apply (Don’t drive intoxicated, cell phone use while driving is prohibited, you must wear a seat belt at all times, etc…)

 

 

All Four Seasons in a Day

 

The weather in New Zealand is erratic to say the least. It has been commonly described as “going through all four seasons in the same day.”

 

The weather can fluctuate rapidly from a snowstorm to a clear sunny day over the course of an hour.

 

For you as a businessperson, this reinforces that you need to plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to get around the country. A bright sunny day at 2pm can turn into a snowstorm before your meeting at five.

 
 

Qualmark Seal of Approval

 

When making travel plans in New Zealand, be on the lookout for the Qualmark seal on pamphlets and websites. It is the national seal of quality assurance in regards to tourism and travel related services. Following the Qualmark seal will guarantee you the safest and most reliable New Zealand traveling experience.

 
 

Should You Call Them Kiwi’s?

 

Kiwi is the most common slang phrase used to refer to New Zealanders. However unlike most similar terms, it isn’t considered to be insulting by most New Zealanders.

 

To the English New Zealanders, the term Kiwi is interpreted as endearing and a proud aspect of their history.

 

It’s usually not difficult to recognize the difference between the people who identify as New Zealanders and those that are Maori.

 

However, the Maori people consider the term to be an insult. In Maori culture it’s an insult to be compared to something you can eat.

 

It’s usually not difficult to recognize the difference between the people who identify as New Zealanders and those that are Maori. You should however take some caution when using the term kiwi, but don’t be surprised if you see it being used casually by others.

 
 

Finishing Your Business

 

New Zealand is gorgeous country, and there’s no reason why you can’t take in the sights while you’re there.

 

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