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General Information

Kia Ora

New Zealand is a land of immense and diverse landscapes. You'll experience natural wonders and unique culture here that you won't find anywhere else in the world. Find out more about New Zealand here

Looking for some guidance on itinerary planning? Click here

Travelling to New Zealand is easy. For practical information and travel advice before you leave, click here.


The University of Otago prides itself on making all their buildings, grounds, walkways and car parks accessible to students, staff and visitors with disabilities. We want WCH9 to be as inclusive and accessible as possible. Click here to read about some of the ways the University is becoming more accessible.

At the time of registration please indicate if you have any access or other requirements so we can ensure your needs are met.


New Zealand has a national biosecurity system that is considered one of the most robust in the world. Please click here for more information.


Thank you to those who expressed their interest in childcare. The expression of interest for this service has now closed. If you have any questions around this please contact Kate,


If you wish to organise babysitting services directly, please contact Belle Babysitters.

Belle Babysitters
Phone: 0800 235532

Alternatively please contact Alice as another childcare option.

Project Nanny Ltd
Phone: 0274219125


The weather varies throughout New Zealand by region and by season. The average high in Dunedin in January is 21°C and the average low is 12°C. 

Currency & costs

The currency used is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). Click here for more information. 


New Zealand's electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts, and uses angled two or three pin plugs (the same as Australia and parts of Asia).

Goods & services tax

Goods and Services in New Zealand are subject to a 15% tax (GST). This tax is usually included in the price and if not, it is clearly stated. This tax cannot be claimed back by visitors, when leaving the country.

Green space

The University has a plethora of easily accessed green spaces, our favourite being the banks of the Leith River which runs through the campus. 

Quiet, nursing and prayer rooms

We will provide a quiet room at the Congress for anyone who wishes to have some reflection time.  We will also have a prayer room and a nursing room available at all times.

Tiaki – Care for New Zealand

Tiaki means to care for people and place.

New Zealand is precious, and everyone who lives and travels here has a responsibility to look after it.

The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations.

By following the Tiaki Promise, you are making a commitment to New Zealand. To act as a guardian, protecting and preserving our home.

Time zone

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

Translational apps

Please see below a number of translational apps that might be of help when visiting New Zealand. These apps are available in the app store of your iPhone or Android.


Google translate

Speak & Translate

Translate Now - translator

Travel insurance

It is strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance to cover the duration of your visit to New Zealand and to protect against cancellation charges, loss or damage to your luggage and personal effects, loss of cash and medical expenses.


No vaccinations are required to enter New Zealand.

Visa, passports & electronic travel authority (NZeTA) information

We enjoy welcoming visitors to New Zealand. To ensure you have an experience to remember, make sure you've done your homework and have everything sorted before you leave.

When you arrive, your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date, and if required, have a valid New Zealand visa.

From 1 October 2019, visitors from visa-waiver countries must request an Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) prior to coming to New Zealand. You may also have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). For more information on the ETA and IVL, visit Immigration New Zealand. Request an NZeTA here.

Before travelling to New Zealand, you need to make sure your passport is valid for at least three months longer than your expected departure date. If you come from a country that needs a New Zealand visa to enter, please be sure to apply in advance.

If you have a biometric ordinary passport (or electronic passport) and are over 12 years old, you may be able to use New Zealand Customs eGate service. This allows you to complete your Customs and Immigration checks faster so you can get on with enjoying your visit to New Zealand. 

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