Business hours

Office hours are usually from 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Retail outlets are open from 9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday and hours vary over the weekends. Supermarkets are open later, with some shopping centres open late night on Thursday or Friday evenings until 9.00pm. Cafes and restaurants are plentiful in the main cities and open until late.

Public holidays

January 1/2 – New Year's Holiday
February 6 – Waitangi Day
Good Friday
Easter Monday
April 25 – ANZAC Day
June 5 – Queen's Birthday
October 23 – Labour Day
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 26 – Boxing Day

Find out more about New Zealand public holiday dates.


Average minimum temperatures range from 8oC in July in mid-winter to 27oC in January. Peak summertime temperatures can reach the 30's in many inland and eastern regions. The warmest months in New Zealand are January and February with July the coldest.

For weather details in New Zealand, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.


Oanda currency converter

The currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZD).

Time zones and time differences

New Zealand is two hours ahead of Australian Eastern Standard Time. Daylight saving starts in late September and finishes in early April.

To find out the current time in Wellington, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

New Zealand's country code is +64.

For calls to New Zealand from Australia dial: 0011 + 64 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from New Zealand to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

For further information (eg. area codes) please visit the international dialling codes.

Electricity and water

New Zealand’s power supply is 240 volts, 50Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 3, 4 wires, as in Australia, with the same plug configurations.

Links and resources

Travel and tourism

New Zealand travel guide

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