New Zealand Official LanguagesEnglish and Maori are the official languages of New Zealand. Maori, which is only used in New Zealand and nowhere else in the world, became an official language in 1987.
In April 2006, New Zealand became the first country to declare sign language ad an official language, alongside Maori and English.
CurrencyNew Zealand currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). Most major credit cards are accepted (as long as they have a four-digit PIN encoded), but visitors are always advised to check with the vendor before a purchase is made. Travellers Cheques are accepted at the banks and some hotels.
There's no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought in or taken out of New Zealand. However, every person who carries more than NZ$10,000 in cash in or out of New Zealand is required to complete a Border Cash Report.
TipsNew Zealanders do not expect tips for normal service, even in restaurants, bars and hairdressing salons. Hotels and restaurants in New Zealand do not add service charges to their bills.
Visitor's GuideIt's easy to find lots of ways to spend time in Wellington. The hard part is choosing what you can fit into your day. With so many great choices, you’ll want to extend your stay… or come back for more.
The Wellington Official Visitor Guide is your complete guide to the Wellington region. With travel tips, maps, accommodation, shopping, eating and exploring ideas, it has everything you need to plan your trip, and have a fantastic time while you're here. Download your Wellington Visitor guide from here (6MB)