8 Pack your luggage Clothing Aucklanders have a popular saying that we often get ‘four seasons in one day’ as the weather can be quite changeable. Waterproof gear is essential in Auckland, as are light layers that can easily be taken on and off. It’s also important to remember that the sun in this part of the world is very strong due to low ozone levels, so sun protection is a must, particularly in summer. Auckland has warm summers with an average high temperature of 23°C (73°F) and mild, wet winters with an average low temperature of 8°C (46°F). For warmer months (November-April): lightweight clothing and layers, light waterproof jacket, beach clothes, swimsuit, sunhat and sunglasses. For cooler months (May-October): warm woollen clothes, heavier waterproof jacket, hat, gloves and scarf. University students in New Zealand have a very casual standard of dress, but it is still a good idea to bring some smart clothing for formal events, presentations, or job interviews. Medicine If you are being treated with prescription medication in your home country, you may wish to bring this with you while you study in New Zealand. Your international student insurance may not cover prescriptions for pre-existing medical conditions, and medication prescribed in your home country may not be available in New Zealand. If you need to bring prescription medication into New Zealand, follow these steps: • Declare the medicine on your passenger arrival card • Bring a copy of the prescription, or a letter from your doctor (in English) • Keep the medicine in its original container • Have no more than a 3-month supply (6 months for oral contraceptives) Over the counter medicine is permitted to be brought into New Zealand without a prescription, but keep in mind that medicines may be classified differently in your home country. Medsafe is the government agency responsible for regulating the importation of medicines into New Zealand. Please check their website for more details, and make sure to declare anything that you are unsure of on your passenger arrival card. Appliances Electricity is supplied throughout New Zealand at 230/240 volts (50 hertz) and power outlets only accept flat two or three pin plugs. You will need an adaptor for any appliances you bring from home. You can buy an adaptor when you arrive or before you leave your home country. You may want to buy some small appliances (such as a hairdryer) when you get here rather than bringing them with you. Prohibited items New Zealand has strict laws on what you are permitted to bring into the country. Items that are prohibited include: • Drugs (unless they have been prescribed to you) • Firearms and weapons • Flammable goods (such as gas cookers or lighters) • More than NZ$10,000 cash (or the equivalent in a foreign currency) • Animals or insects (alive or dead) • Feathers, shells, plants, or flowers • Fresh foods, including meat • Some packaged goods, such as certain cheeses There are also regulations about carrying liquids, aerosols or gels in your hand luggage. Biosecurity To keep New Zealand free from pests and diseases, strict quarantine laws are in place at all New Zealand international airports. You must declare all food, plants, and animal goods upon arrival in New Zealand. You may also have any camping equipment, hiking boots, or sports gear inspected. Failing to declare biosecurity risk goods, even if by accident, can result in an instant $400 fine. Please visit the Mi nistry for Pri mary Industries website f or further information, available in several languages.