Area Code -- The telephone area code (STD) is 03.

Currency Exchange -- The best place for currency exchange currently is at Christchurch Airport, where Travelex has six stores providing service. Banks are open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4:30pm, and ATMs are located in all major suburban shopping malls.

Dentist -- For urgent dental care call the NZ Dental Association (tel. 03/366-6644, ext. 3002) to find an available after-hours dentist.

Doctors -- For referrals, emergencies, or medical care, contact After Hours Surgery, Colombo Street and Bealey Avenue (tel. 03/365-7777).

Emergencies -- Dial tel. 111 to call the police, report a fire, or request an ambulance.

Hospitals -- Christchurch Hospital, Oxford Terrace and Riccarton Avenue (tel. 03/364-0640), has an Accident and Emergency Department.

Internet -- There are Internet services at Christchurch Airport, at city and suburban libraries, and many cafes.

Pharmacy -- Urgent Pharmacy, 931 Colombo St., at the corner of Bealey Avenue (tel. 03/366-4439), should cover all your needs.

Post Office -- There is a Post Shop at The Palms Mall in Shirley and another at Merivale Mall on Papanui Rd.

Services for Travelers with Disabilities -- Contact Disability Information Service, 314 Worcester St. (tel. 03/366-6189; fax 03/379-5939;, open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4:30pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.