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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.


Belle Babysitters is our preferred childcare operator. Please contact them directly to arrange a babysitter. 

Belle Babysitters

Phone: 0800 235532




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.

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.  

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 information

When you arrive, you'll need to ensure your passport is valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date, and if required, have a valid New Zealand visa.

You do not need a visa to visit New Zealand if you are:

 A New Zealand or Australian citizen or resident, or
 A UK citizen and/or passport holder (you can stay up to six months), or
 A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand (you can stay up to three months)  

If you don't meet the criteria above, then you will need to apply for a Visitor Visa

If you require a Visitor's Visa, please allow at least 5-6 weeks for processing.

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