APSAD 2018
Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs


Pullman Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand
Corner Princes Street and Waterloo Quadrant,
Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Tel: +64 9 353 1000

What You Need to Know

November is arguably one of the best months in which to visit New Zealand. Perfect for hiking and outdoor adventure. Packing layers is advisable however extreme weather conditions are rare. Some days will feel like spring and some will feel like summer. The average daily temperatures is 16 degrees Celsius.

Health and Vaccinations
No vaccination certificates are required and hospitals provide a high standard of treatment. Medical services are not free to visitors so health insurance is recommended.

English is the common and everyday language in New Zealand, with Māori also an official language.

Goods and Services Tax (GST)
GST of 15% is included in most purchases and cannot be claimed back by overseas visitors.

Tipping is not expected but you may wish to reward special service or kindness.

Smoke-Free Policies
It is illegal to smoke in many indoor spaces, including most workplaces, function and hospitality venues, cinemas, pubs and restaurants, as well as public transport. Cigarettes cannot be sold to anyone under 18.

Safety and Security
New Zealand is generally a very safe place to travel, with a relatively low crime rate. The country is rated fourth on the Global Peace Index for 2014, with a high respect for human rights, friendliness toward visitors, and an extremely low risk of political instability or internal conflict. However it is advisable to observe the same safety precautions as you would in any other country or at home.