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New Zealand

New Zealand is a highly developed, stable parliamentary democracy, which recognizes the British monarch as sovereign. It has a modern economy, and tourist facilities are widely available. The New Zealand Tourist Board, which has a wide range of information of interest to travelers, can be contacted via the internet at http://www.newzealand.com/USA/. Read the Department of State Background Note on New Zealand for additional information.

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 COUNTRY OVERVIEW
Country Name: New Zealand
Continent: Oceania
Capital City: Wellington
Boundary Countries:

No Land Boundaries

Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

Bloomfield Hospital, Bowen Hospital, Braeburn Medical Hospital, Elizabeth Memorial Hospital, Johnswood Medical Hospital, Kenepuru Hospital, St. Vincent Ranui Hospital, Wellington Hospital, Wakefield Hospital

Main Cities:

Wellington, Aukland, Nelson, Hamilton, Christchurch, Palmerston North, Napier, Dunedin, Invercargill, Tauranga, Whangerei

Country Size: 268,680 sq km note: includes Antipodes Islands, Auckland Islands, Bounty Islands, Campbell Island, Chatham Islands, and Kermadec Islands
Population: 4,115,771

 

COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION
Language:

English (official), Maori (official), Sign Language (official)

Currency: New Zealand dollar (NZD)
Predominant Religions:

Anglican 14.9%, Roman Catholic 12.4%, Presbyterian 10.9%, Methodist 2.9%, Pentecostal 1.7%, Baptist 1.3%, other Christian 9.4%, other 3.3%, unspecified 17.2%, none 26%

National Holidays: Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand), 6 February (1840); ANZAC Day (the anniversary of the landing of troops of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during WWI at Gallipoli, Turkey), 25 April (1915)
Economic Status:

Over the past 20 years the government has transformed New Zealand from an agrarian economy dependent on concessionary British market access to a more industrialized, free market economy that can compete globally.

Security:

New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF): New Zealand Army, Royal New Zealand Navy, Royal New Zealand Air Force

US Presence:
United States Embassy Wellington
29 Fitzherbert Terrace
Thorndon
Wellington 6011
New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 462 6000
U.S. Consulate General Auckland
Level 3, 23 Customs Street East
Auckland 1010
New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 303 2724
Document Requirements:

U.S. citizens eligible for a visa waiver do not need a visa for tourist stays of three months or less. For more information about visa waivers and entry requirements, contact the Embassy of New Zealand: 37 Observatory Circle NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 328-4800; or the Consulate General of New Zealand in Los Angeles: 2425 Olympic Blvd Suite 600E, Santa Monica, CA 90404, telephone (310) 566-6555. Travelers may also visit the Embassy of New Zealand web site for the most current visa information.

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our web site. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.

Major Airports:

Airports: 118, Airports w/paved runways: 45

Wellington International Airport (WLG/NZWN)
Wellington Airport, New Zealand, PO Box 14175, Wellington, 6241, NEW ZEALAND
Wellington Airport, New Zealand, Corporate Office level 0, Main Terminal Building, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND
Tel: +64 (0)4 385 5100, (Information Centre) +64 (0)4 385 5123
Fax: +64 (0)4 385 5139
E-mail: mail@wellington-airport.co.nz
Website: www.wellington-airport.co.nz
Customs, hours: 08:00-16:35
Tel: +64 (0)4 474 8280
Fax: +64 (0)4 473 7370
 

Servicing Airlines:
+ Air New Zealand    
Risks and Precautions:

Crime rates in New Zealand are comparatively low but have increased in recent years. The most prevalent crime is theft or attempted theft from cars, camper vans and hostels. To help protect against theft, do not leave passports or other valuable documents in unattended vehicles. Violent crime against tourists is unusual.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total: 5.67 deaths/1,000 live births
Life expectancy at birth: TOTAL 78.96 years (male 75.97/female 82.08)
 

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None
Recommended: Hep B
Boosters: MMR, DPT, poliovirus
 

Infectious Disease Concerns:
Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Quality medical care is widely available, but waiting lists exist for certain types of treatment. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 5
Referrals: 122
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Country Code: +64   -    Internet Code: .nz

 



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