The first thing that strikes visitors during their stay in New Zealand, is the beauty of the two islands and their magnificent, panoramic views. These views range from beaches that extend as far as the eye can see, through to lakes that nestle in the heart of mountain ranges and perfectly curved, lush green hills. Contrasts, diversity and purity are the watchwords to define what you will find when you get there.
Even though it is the same size as France, New Zealand only has a population of 4.5 million. That's great news for lovers of wide open spaces, who will be bowled over by the spectacular views, most of which you can see for free. This is what you need to know before leaving on a trip to New Zealand.
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Visitors from France, Canada, Belgium and Switzerland do not need a tourist visa for a stay in New Zealand of less than three months. In effect, one is provided when you present your return airline ticket. Nevertheless, the authorities can demand proof of funds necessary to support yourself in the country in the sum of NZ$ 1,000 per month (or NZ $400 per month if you are staying with someone else).
International telephone dialing code +64
Internet access is available in all types of accommodation, and in many cafés, bars and restaurants, and free access is available from many libraries.
French Embassy in Wellington
34-42 Manners Street, Wellington 6142
Tel : (+64 4) 384 25 55
Embassy of New Zealand
103, rue de Grenelle
Te : +33 (0) 1 45 01 43 43