About New Zealand

Information about travelling to New Zealand for attendees of the AAPBS conference.


The north of New Zealand is subtropical, while the south is more temperate. The warmest months are January, February and March; the coldest are July, August and September.

The weather in Auckland is generally pleasant, however it can be unpredictable. You’ll need to be prepared for whatever the day may bring. In summer, have a light jacket with you just in case. In winter the wind can be very cold, so include a warm, waterproof jacket in your wardrobe. If you walk a lot, it’s always a good idea to have a raincoat or umbrella handy.

The sun is surprisingly intense in New Zealand, so protect exposed skin with an effective sunscreen when you’re outside. Look for an SPF rating of 15 or above. Sunscreen probably isn’t necessary in June, July and August, unless you’re outside for the entire day.

Average daily temperature (High/Low)

Spring (September - November) Summer (December - Feburary) Autumn (March -
Winter (June -
18/11 (°C) 24/12 (°C) 20/13 (°C) 15/9 (°C)
65/52 (F) 75/54 (F) 68/55 (F) 59/48 (F)

Time difference

New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

In summer New Zealand uses 'daylight saving' - clocks are put forward one hour to GMT+13. Daylight saving begins on the first Sunday in October and ends around the last Saturday in March.

Please visit The World Clock to access a time zone convertor.  

Drinking water

New Zealand cities and towns have excellent water supplies and in all cases tap water is fresh and safe to drink. Water taken directly from rivers and lakes should be boiled, chemically treated or filtered before drinking to avoid stomach upsets.

Halal food available in Auckland

There are many halal restaurants and retail shops in Auckland.

For a comprehensive guide to halal retail shops and restaurants, visit the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand.


New Zealand's unit of currency is the dollar (NZ$). All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand, with Visa and MasterCard accepted most widely.

Please visit the XE currency converter for conversion rates. 

Emergency Numbers

In New Zealand, the number to call if you need the Fire service, Police or an ambulance in an emergency is 111.


New Zealand's electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts, and we use angled two or three flat pin plugs.