Saturday, April 19, 2008

New Zealand's Electrical Power

New Zealand

We'll get to the tiki tour of New Zealand's Northland yet. You probably learned more than you really wanted to know about toilets in a previous post, but if you're RVing or traveling by auto, you won't be snoozing while the driver and tour guide worry about getting you to your next fancy hotel. And, you'll want to take photos.

New Zealand electrical power is 230 volt, 50 cycle. If you rent an RV, a certified official has checked the switches, hot points, mains and anything else electrical in the movan. Hot points have switches, but they're reversed. ON points downward...because we're below the equator? Most cameras and other electronic toys use power chargers with built-in dual-volt compatibility for 110 and 220 volts. Check first before you plug your toy in and fry either it or yourself. You'll need a plug adaptor which can be bought at most New Zealand chemist shops or hardware stores. I've always carried a dual-volt hair dryer purchased on a US military base. It folds up and runs normally in the states then runs like that striped ape when I'm in New Zealand. Military bases, truck stops, and AAA travel stores are good places to shop for travel electronics and outlet adapters. also carries universal outlet adapters and voltage converters.

On a Northland tour you won't be traveling far each day. While planning your trip, use Mitsubishi Motor's driving distance calculator to figure driving distances-- not just in Northland, but anywhere in New Zealand.

Any questions? If not, let's head north to Orewa and start that tiki tour.

Lyn Harris

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Anonymous said...

Is that your rig?

Lyn said...

It was. We sold it. That's a piece of canvas on the top front. The movan is high for a NZ rig and we kept banging branches. In town, I'd jump out to make sure we wouldn't hit a canopy.

Anonymous said...

Canopy? Where's the door? In back?

Lyn said...

It rains a lot in New Zealand. Store fronts often have canopies that cover to the street. The door's on the other side-- remember you drive on the wrong side of the road in NZ.You wouldn't want to step out into traffic.