OUR thoughts on HONG KONG

The bustling city of Hong Kong with its magnificent harbour, unique blend of east meets west, shopping, hotels and stunning surrounding countryside make Hong Kong a prime holiday location. Hong Kong was just a collection of small fishing villages when the British claimed the area in 1842, and has now become a world leading business and tourist hub.

Hong Kong is situated on the Southeast coast of China facing the South China Sea. Hong Kong is made up of Hong Kong Island home to the towering skyscrapers, Kowloon with its malls and a tourist favourite, beyond that the New Territories that run to the boundary of Mainland China and outlying islands where you get a totally different experience of tranquil beauty and even Disneyland. At the core of it all is magical Victoria Harbour which separates Hong Kong Island from Kowloon, famed for its view of the city skyline and the symphony of lights, a spectacular multimedia show from the top of more than 40 Hong Kong Skyscrapers getting your bearings on one of the harbour cruise options by day or by night is a must.

Hong Kong like the rest of Southeast Asia is renowned as a shopping mecca, for the sheer variety of products and brands in all price ranges. Venture into the ordered chaos of the street markets to haggle for clothing, Chinese artwork, silk collectibles, watches, CDs, electronic gadgets, hardware and luggage the list could go on, you can also enjoy a meal or have your fortune told. Hong Kong also has a huge number of malls where you will find high quality products. For those night owls amongst us Hong Kong nightlife won’t disappoint either with plenty of nightclubs and bars where you can dance the night away. If you are using Hong Kong as a stopover or as a holiday destination we can offer hotels, advice, and specialist knowledge.

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Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
Most Major Credit Cards are accepted. Cash advances can also be made through many ATMs which display the relevant symbols.
You can exchange your currency for Hong Kong dollars at any authorised money exchanger. For extra peace of mind, look for a money exchanger that is accredited by the Quality Tourism Services (QTS) Scheme. At Hong Kong International Airport, currency exchange counters are open from early morning until late at night and many located within the city stay open into the evening.

Electricity: 220V/50Hz

Flying Time: Approx 11.5 hours from Auckland to Hong Kong direct

Local Time: 8 Hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate with distinct seasons. Spring from March to May the temperature and humidity are rising. Evenings can be cool with Average Temperatures from 17°C to 26°C. Summer from June to August is hot, humid and sunny, with occasional showers and thunderstorms. The temperature can exceed 31°C but high humidity levels can make it feel even hotter with Average Temperatures from 26°C to 31°C. Autumn from September to November there are pleasant breezes, plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Many people regard these as the best months of the year to visit Hong Kong with Average Temperatures from 19°C to 28°C. Winter from December to February is cool, dry and cloudy, with occasional cold fronts. The temperature can drop below 10°C in urban areas. Average Temperatures from 12°C to 20°C

Entry requirements for New Zealand passport holders:
Valid passport for at least 6 months beyond the intended period of stay, and valid return or onward ticket.

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