Area: 268,680 sq km
Capital City: Wellington
Official Languages: English & Maori
Ethnic groups: European, Maori, Asian, Pacific islander
Religion: Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Christian, Pentecostal, Baptist
Government: Parliamentary Democracy and a Commonwealth Realm
Industries: food processing, wood and paper products, textiles, machinery, transportation equipment, banking and insurance, tourism, mining
Tipping: Tipping is not the general custom in New Zealand and service charges are not added to accounts by hotels and restaurants. Porters at airports, taxi drivers and hairdressers do not expect to be tipped although you may do so if you wish. In better-class restaurants, it is usual to tip food and drink waiters up to 10 per cent of the bill for good service. At any time, tipping is your choice.
Currency: New Zealand Dollar. All major credit cards are accepted. Visa and MasterCard are the most popular.
Electricity: 230V/50Hz (Australian Plug). The Moorings pier is equipped with 240V power outlets. There is a 12V cigarette lighter outlet by the chart table on the majority of our yachts.
Time: UTC/GMT +12 hours
Arrival & Customs
On Arrival: Charters start at 12 noon or 6 pm (with evening start). Boat/chart Briefings are scheduled at: 12:00 noon or for evening starts 9:00 am the following day - 7 days a week. All head charterers are required to attend the briefings. All charters end at 12 noon at which time the boat must be returned and ready for debriefing and checks.
Customs & Immigration: All visitors to New Zealand must carry a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the date you intend to leave the country.
VISA EXEMPTIONS: You do not need a VISA or permit to visit New Zealand if you are:
1. New Zealand Citizen or Resident Permit holder
2. Australian citizen travelling on Australian passport
3. Australian resident with a current Australian resident return visa
4. If you are a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand Visa Waivers. Currently travellers from more than 50 countries do not require a Visitor's Visa for stays less than three months.
You do require:
- A passport that is valid for at least three months after your departure from New Zealand
- An onward or return ticket to a country that you have permission to enter - Sufficient money to support yourself during your stay
- approx. NZ$1000 p/ month p/p
- British citizens and other British passport holders who have evidence of the right to live permanently in the UK may be allowed to stay for up to six months.
5. Visitor's Visa Applications: If your country is not on the visa waiver list or you wish to stay longer than three months you will need to apply for a Visitor's Visa. You can download application forms from the New Zealand Immigration Service website, or contact your nearest New Zealand Embassy.
NZ$25 departure tax is charged when leaving the country from Auckland or Dunedin; NZ$25 if departing from Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton and Palmerston North. This must be paid directly by every traveller over the age of twelve at the airport and in local currency or by credit card. Some plane tickets may however, have Departure Tax already included in their cost.
Provisions & Beverages
A fantastic range of Food and Drinks packages which can be pre-ordered and will be on your boat when you arrive. There are a couple of supermarkets within a 5 to 10 minute taxi ride from the base.
The warm water of the tropical South Pacific flows westward along the equator. When the current turn south it produces a semi-tropical maritime climate enjoyed by the Bay of Islands. The seasons in New Zealand are summer from December to February, autumn (fall) from March to May, winter from June to August and spring from September to November. The climate is mostly temperate but varies from North to South. The North Island is slightly warmer, but only marginally. The South Island average summer temperature is 21░ Celsius down to 1░ Celsius in winter. Indeed, destinations such as Invercargill on the southern coast can experience bitterly cold winter temperatures assisted by the southerly Antarctic winds. The North Island Summer temperature averages 23░ Celsius dropping to 8░ Celsius in winter. If traveling around the country, it is probably a good idea to pack a little of every type of clothing: from wet weather gear to a bathing suit.
New Zealand currency: decimal with the dollar as the basic unit (100 cents equals one dollar). Notes come in $100, $50, $20, $10, and $5 denominations. Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, and $2 denominations.
Travelers Cheques: You should cash travellers' cheques at banks or larger hotels, as it may be difficult elsewhere. Please note that some banks may charge a fee for cashing travellers' cheques.
Accepted Forms of Payment: Visa, MasterCard, American Express are accepted at our base and by the local shops and restaurants.
Restaurant, motels, gift shops, dive shops, post office, banks, no cellular phones, car parking, washing machines, showers.
The Moorings dock is located on the port side of the Opua Wharf. Should charterers require more fuel during their charter this can be done at the Moorings dock Moorings' yachts are equipped a 12vlt refrigeration system.
The Base has moorings available at Opua if required. All moorings in the cruising area are private and must not be used.
Cruising permits are not required in New Zealand.