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How to Plan a Trip to Australia & New Zealand: Frequently Asked Questions

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Understanding the following FAQs will contribute to your preparation for a fabulous Australia & New Zealand adventure well before your departure.

From understanding what to pack for the weather conditions to knowing the different kinds of outlets used for your electronics, packing considerations to safety concerns, and the best travel insurance, you can find the information you need to make your trip as worry-free as possible.

For even more information on how to plan your perfect Australia & New Zealand trip, you can speak with local Zicasso travel specialists who are eager to help plan your dream vacation for a comfortable and stress-free experience.

What is the weather like in Australia & New Zealand?

Australia and New Zealand experience the four seasons but depending on when you visit, could enjoy the radiant warmth of the Southern Hemisphere summer from December to February or the cool days of the Southern Hemisphere winter from June to August. While summer and winter in both countries have their benefits of beaches or winter activities, the shoulder season of autumn or spring offers more comfortable weather conditions across both countries and makes even the most remote corners of either destination accessible.

What is the best way to get around Australia & New Zealand?

Most travelers find that flying between cities and using private transfers during tours provide the most accessible option for exploring Australia. In New Zealand, a rental is an easy option for exploring at your own pace while a private driver acts as a tour guide in any area of the country as much as a form of transportation. The travel logistics when in a destination can be challenging but Zicasso eliminates the hassle with a local travel specialist who can handle your transportation needs.

What should we pack for our trip?

What you should pack during your Australia & New Zealand trip during the warmer months including breathable clothing options that are light, as well as a swimsuit for days on the beaches, the Great Barrier Reef, the Bay of Islands, or even when sailing the numerous bays. Depending on where you visit, the winters can be cold and require heavy medium to heavy jackets, pants, and long-sleeve shirts or sweaters that allow you to layer to keep you warm in the cold nights or along the snowy slopes. Sunscreen and sunglasses are good accessories to use no matter the time of year.

Australia and New Zealand outlets conform to most Oceania standards: a three-prong, triangular plug with flat pins, which will require an adapter. Australia and New Zealand operate on a 230 V supply and use type I outlets. A separate electrical converter may be needed for items like blow dryers, flat irons, or other electrical products but is not needed for most electronics like laptops and cell phone chargers.

Australia and New Zealand both offer outstanding medical facilities. The pioneering Royal Flying Doctor Service helps transport patients from the remote Australian outback to city hospitals while outdoor guides in New Zealand are always on a direct line to rescue helicopters. Whatever happens, wherever you are, you’re likely to be covered, provided you have suitable travel and medical insurance. Specific immunization shots are not required, and both countries are amongst the safest regarding infectious and waterborne diseases.

Are Australia & New Zealand safe to visit?

Traveling in Australia and New Zealand is very safe. The locals are invariably relaxed and laid-back, and they always have a moment to say hello to foreign visitors. Both countries speak English as the mother tongue; a genuine warm-heartedness pervades throughout the region, and a world-class transport infrastructure effortlessly connects remote destinations.

It’s very rare that visitors encounter problems, other than those provided by the natural environment. Crime levels are low, the water is safe to drink, and rural areas are famed for their friendliness. However, the unique geography can pose challenges to the underprepared.

The Australian desert is remote and relentless, certainly not a place to randomly explore on your own. Likewise, avalanches and volcanic activity continue to shape New Zealand. Visitors with a smidgen of common sense shouldn’t have any issues, just remember the standard precautions. Be generous with the sunscreen, stay out of the midday sun, listen to local advice on weather conditions, and don’t overestimate your abilities on a mountain bike, sea kayak, or when traveling on remote trails.

Should I get travel insurance?

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

Can Zicasso help with my flights?

Zicasso Flights is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation. By employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso, our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 service and support, and complimentary consultation of routing versus pricing with an expert flight specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Ready to Plan Your Trip to Australia & New Zealand?

Now that you know what to expect from your Australia & New Zealand experience, from the weather conditions to the best modes of transportation to secure your preferred trip, you can confidently enjoy the pleasures of these destinations by planning a customizable vacation when you are ready. Find the right inspiration for you with our Australia & New Zealand tours. If you have any other questions or are ready to plan your trip, you can speak with a Zicasso Australia & New Zealand travel specialist by completing a Trip Request or by calling us on 1-888-265-9707.

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