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Auckland

History:

"Auckland, known as Tamaki Makau Rau, meaning 'isthmus of one thousand lovers', was originally a Maori settlement. After purchasing the land from the Maori, European settlers began to arrive and colonise the land. In 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed and Auckland was named the capital city of New Zealand. By 1865 the capital was moved to Wellington and by 1900 Auckland was New Zealand's largest city."

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History:

"Māori were the first to arrive in New Zealand, journeying in canoes from Hawaiki about 1,000 years ago. A Dutchman, Abel Tasman, was the first European to sight the country but it was the British who made New Zealand part of their empire."

Fun Facts and Trivia:

"New Zealanders refer to themselves as Kiwis, which probably dates back to World War I when New Zealand soldiers acquired the nickname. The New Zealand dollar is also called the Kiwi in international financial markets. The dollar coin features a kiwi bird on one side."

Customs and Culture:

"Greetings are casual, often consisting simply of a handshake and a smile. Never underestimate the value of the smile as it indicates pleasure at meeting the other person."

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   Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations

Visas: No visa is required for U.S. citizens for a stay up to 90 days

What to Pack: "When you take your four day hike on the South Island, you’ll find that the best option is to hire your gear, from backpack to sleeping bag and tent, to cook stoves and outerwear. Kiwi Discovery is one example of a rental company in Queenstown that provides any three items for a four day hike for only $60. Equpiment rental is so affordable that it’s not worth paying the checked bag fee. Renting is less expensive, and you won’t be lugging your stuff when you’re not using it."

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Tourist Information Site: Plan Your Trip

Destinations. Facts. Transport.

Enjoy a Little New Zealand from Home

When You Arrive

Water Safety: Water is safe to drink

Money: Currency: New Zealand Dollar Exchange Rate

Also of interest:

20 Totally Free Things To Do In Auckland, New Zealand

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10 Days in Australia and New Zealand

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