Frequently Asked Questions about New Zealand – FAQs
Are you still unsure about whether you’re really prepared for your trip to New Zealand? Is there something else you need to know?
Please read our Frequently Asked Questions about New Zealand and we’re sure you’ll find most of the answers. If there’s anything else you need to know please get in touch with us.
How do I register for the Kiwi Information Days in Auckland?
Once you have booked your flight and have received your Working Holiday Visa and are absolutely sure that you want to book one of our programmes we will send you an application form. Please fill it in and return it to us via email as a PDF file. Once we receive your complete application form it counts as a valid contract between both parties.
How many days do the Kiwi Information Days last?
Our Kiwi Information Days usually last 2 days. If you need assistance in buying a car they can also last 3 days.
Do you host the Information Days only on the weekend?
Apart from Friday morning and Friday afternoon our Kiwi Information Days are being held every day of the week.
How does the pickup from Auckland airport work?
If you bring your national cellphone number into New Zealand please make sure that you turn your cellphone on as soon as possible after landing in Auckland. It usually takes a wee while to connect to a network. Once you have passed customs and baggage claim and are inside the arrival hall please give us a quick call on our New Zealand cellphone. We will pick you up within 8 minutes.
Please read our instructions!
How do I pay for the Kiwi Information Days or the Kiwi Information Evening?
Please pay us in cash upon arrival in Auckland.
In order to get my Working Holiday Visa I have to prove that I have 4200 NZD. Which bank (account) does this prove need to come from? How recent does the bank statement need to be?
In order to prove that you have sufficient funds all you need is a recent bank statement from a bank account that is in your name. The statement needs to show your name and address in your home country. The date of the printout should be as close to your departure as possible.
Do I need to bring my Eftpos Card or shall I just bring a Visa or Master Card? What are the fees for a transaction from my home bank account?
It is definitely worthwhile to bring along both cards – but remember not to store them in the same spot. Make sure you know both PINs and if in doubt ask your local bank before you leave. Some backpackers try using an ATM in New Zealand and then don’t get any money because they have forgotten their PIN.
Transaction fees differ from bank to bank. We advise you to contact your home bank and enquire about overseas fees. Sometimes it can be cheaper to get cash with your Eftpos Card then using your Visa. You might also check if there is a bank in your country that cooperates with any New Zealand bank. For example Deutsche Bank in Germany works with Westpac in New Zealand and therefore no transaction fees apply.
Does it make sense to transfer money directly from my home account to my New Zealand bank account?
That depends on how much money you want to transfer. We don’t recommend small amounts as you pay more fees than anything else. It’s better to get cash from an ATM using your Eftpos or Visa Card and then put it into your New Zealand account.
When does it make sense to give my parents power of attorney over my bank accounts?
It’s always a good idea to give someone in your home country power of attorney in case of emergency. Such powers of attorney are usually valid internationally.
Can I apply for my IRD number before arriving in New Zealand? Do I have to?
No, you don’t have to worry about your IRD number before arriving in New Zealand. We can apply for your IRD number when you’re here, it’s fast and easy. You need your international driver licence or your national driver licence with an English translation. If you don’t have a driver licence there are other options. Once applied you usually get your IRD number within 2 weeks.
Can I use my cellphone in New Zealand?
Yes, any New Zealand SIM card should be compatible with European cellphones. It’s important, though, to ensure that your cellphone is not locked which is quite often the case if you are on a plan or contract. In that case your cellphone provider can unlock it which usually costs around 200 Euro.
What is a BBH card?
BBH stands for Bugdet Backpacker Hostels. It’s an association of more than 300 hostels and low-budget accommodations where you can save even more when you have the BBH member card. Usually you can save between $3 and $5 per night. In addition you receive heaps of discounts with a range of bus and tourism companies all over New Zealand. Your BBH card is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.
Should I buy a car or rather take the bus to get around?
That is entirely up to you. If you want to be independent and see as much of New Zealand as possible we would recommend you buy a car. Apart from Auckland the traffic is more or less manageable. But if you’re not sure whether you can handle driving on the left than maybe sitting in the passenger seat to start with might be a good idea.
How do I get a postal address in New Zealand?
Backpackerboard.co.nz offers the best deal for a good price. Just follow this link and choose how long you need the postal address for. You can chose between 6 and 12 months. In order to pay for this service you need to have a Paypal account. If you don’t have one you need to apply to open one which normally takes a few days due to safety restrictions.
Why do I need a postal address in New Zealand?
Many institutions in New Zealand require a postal or physical address. This is a major requirement to apply for your IRD number, buy a car and the necessary car insurance. If you know someone who permanently lives in New Zealand you can ask them if you may use their address for postal means.
Do I need to apply for a job before I come to New Zealand?
You can look for jobs prior to your arrival on websites like backpackerboard or wwoofing. However, we recommend you spend a few days in New Zealand first, get to know the country and people and decide where you might like to work. It’s rather easy to find a (seasonal) job once you are here.
Where do I find cheap flights?
Check travel websites for special deals such as Expedia. You should start looking about a month before you plan to depart and regularly compare offers. Especially research at night is worthwhile as airlines such as Quantas or Emirates often release special deals at that time.
Do I really need an International Driver Licence?
Not necessarily. As long as you have your national driver licence along with a certified translation (if your national licence is NOT in English) that will be enough. However, just to be on the safe side an International Licence is easy to get and doesn’t cost a lot of money.