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Hi Friends, ATONZ is in the middle of a quiet rebuild. It is still ATONZ, and always will be that distinctly New Zealand focused site, with as much information about our fair country that we can present for you.
A little genealogy (ok, a lot of Genealogy, we are obsessed).
Tourism and general country information. The target this year is to provide you with over 1,000 Tourism and other New Zealand links.

We have added a couple of new areas that will grow quickly..
A Blog/Newsletter area. While putting this rebuild together, I found 4 html documents on the old server, that were written back in 1994 & 1997 by my sister Carol, when computers were new to us... I was around when Carol started her journey with computing, and it was fun reading these "time capsules", We need a blog.
History. Not so much the big stuff, although, "What WERE you doing the day Armstrong landed on the moon?". I want to tell the stories about the little things that surround us - things we now live with, things that now exist because of the people there at the time. Little stories we shouldnt forget.

So we are on our way, please be patient, there will be mistakes, broken links, this is a labour of love that fits around family time and work. We will get this done....
Thanks for taking the time to read this - Have fun, and come back and check us out soon.

     

New Zealand - Your Destination of Choice - Information and Links

New Zealand - Not just Middle Earth
That said, I haven't seen any Hobbits, since we elected Jacinda Adern as Prime Minister -(buts that's another story)
 
Population approx. 5.1+ million, with 1.6+ million in Auckland.
New Zealand is 12hrs ahead of GMT but 13 hrs ahead in summer (Daylight Saving Time starts September 22nd this year).
Emergency Numbers: Police, Fire, Ambulance (free call) 111 (24 hrs) all areas
AA Emergency Road Service (free call) 0800 500 222 (24 hrs) all areas
 
New Zealand is a relatively informal society. Smoking is banned in offices, shops, bars, hotels, planes, all public transport. Tipping in taxis, restaurants & hotels is NOT obligatory, but it is not inappropriate to reward particularly good service.
 
The islands of New Zealand are in the path of the 'roaring forties' (winds that circle the lower part of the globe and are 1,600km (990 miles) from Australia.
 
Capt James Cook circumnavigated the main islands in 1769 and sealing & whaling soon followed. The Treaty with the British was signed in 1840 at Waitangi. Many English & Scottish settled in NZ after the Treaty was signed. New Zealand has been a land apart for around 80 million years, and is the home to many plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet.
 
The KIWI ,a flightless bird found more in the warm Northland forests is a NZ icon and New Zealanders overseas are often referred to as 'kiwis'.
Climate Ranges from temperate to sub-tropical
Disabled Access: All new and greatly renovated buildings are legally required to have adequate access for disabled people. Most restaurants, theatres, airports, shopping centres, hotels, carparks etc have wheelchair facilities and guide dogs are welcome.
Electrical Supply: 230/240 volts 50 hertz. Most hotels & motels provide 110 volt AC sockets for razors, otherwise an adapter is necessary.
Television: The main free-to-air channels are TV1 & TV2, TV3, Prime, Maori Television & C4. Pay-channel Sky offers many US & UK programs and news. Online TV Guide (free) for all channels.

Weights & Measure: NZ is metric
1 centimetre = 0.4 inches   1 metre = 3 feet 3 inches   1 kilometre = 0.6 miles
1 inch = 2.54 cm1 foot = 30 cm1 mile = 1.6 kilometres
Currency: 100 cents in $1 NZ
Banking: Banks are normally open 9.30 - 4.30 Mon to Fri. Banks at international airports normally open to coincide with incoming & departing flights.
Credit Cards: All major cards are accepted in the main cities and major tourist facilities. In small shops some may not be accepted. The logos of cards accepted are usually very clearly displayed.
 
Embassy's & Consulates
Australia High Commission - Hobson St, Thorndon, Wgtn.. PH(04)473 6411
Canada - 125 The Terrace, Wgtn (04)473 9577
Indonesia - Glen Rd, Kelburn, Wgtn. Ph (04)475 8697
United Kingdom - Hill St, Wgtn (04)924 2888
United States - Fitzherbert Tce, Thorndon, Wgtn. Ph (04)462 6000