New Zealand

Visas, Vaccines, and Outlets:

If the traveler is a U.S. citizen, they are eligible for a visa waiver and do not need a visa for stays of three months or less[1]. For the most current visa information visit the New Zealand Embassy website.

No vaccinations are required as long as the traveler is up-to-date on vaccine routines[2].

Electric sockets in New Zealand are Type I, similar to the ones in Australia, they are only compatible with Type I[3]. Moreover, the voltage is 220-240 volts and not 110-120 volts. Adaptors are required.

Social Customs:

The following information are generalizations and do not claim to represent the culture and social ethics of all of New Zealanders.[4][5][6]

  • The term Kiwi is used to refer to New Zealanders by foreigners
  • There are three official languages in New Zealand: English, Maori and NZ Sign Language
  • Many places have two names – one English, one Maori
  • Most New Zealanders are environmentally concerned and there are huge fines for importing food or other natural products
  • There are no formal class structure
  • Housing and access to health is available free of charge to those who can’t afford it
  • Meetings and greetings tend to be casual and relaxed
  • Summer vacation happen during December and January
  • When dealing with ethnic tribes meeting and greetings are usually structured in advance. For instance the Maori have a distinct protocols regarding how visitors should be welcomed and seen off
  • Some New Zealanders still enjoy the tradition inherited from the British of taking afternoon tea, this can be seen in the school day as there is an afternoon teatime break.

Education System:

School/Level Equivalent Notes
Primary 1-9 Grade From age 6 to 16 education is both compulsory and free -although course materials are not. After 6th grade the students can chose to either stay in their primary school for 2 years (option A) or go directly to a junior secondary for 4 years (option B)[7].
Secondary 10-13 Grade Students who followed option A complete their last 5 years at secondary school. While option B spends 3 years at senior secondary. *
Vocational N/A  There are nearly 40 industry training organizations[7]. This system offers apprenticeships for the youth and re-training for the adults.
Tertiary education N/A There are 8 universities and a variety of teacher training colleges[7]. There are also private training establishments.

* The outcome is the same for either options it is structured that way to accommodate the structural capacity in cities and rural areas.

1. Visa requirementImmigration New Zealand
2. Centeers for Disease Control and Prevention Health INformation for Travelers
3. Electricity and Communication
4. Whitireia New Zealand Social Customs and Activities
5. Edutopia tea time
6. Kwintessial Culture, Etiquette and Customs
7. ClassBase