There is currently only one international airport servicing Mumbai, although there are plans to build a second one to cope with demand.
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is 28km from downtown Mumbai, which is most easily reached by taxi. Travellers have been known to been overcharged by taxi drivers, so it's advised to get a prepaid fare from the booth before getting into a vehicle. Standard fares are around 500 rupees ($10), so feel free to shop around if you think you're not getting a good deal.
Because of the large size of Mumbai, it's often a good idea to have the full address of your hotel plus a map of the area printed out to avoid any confusion.
If you're connecting to a domestic flight, be aware that the international and domestic terminals at Mumbai's airport are 4km apart, but are connected by a free shuttle bus.
Getting around Mumbai
Many first time visitors to India will be surprised by the seemingly chaotic traffic in the major cities. While car hire is available from the airport, it may be easier to rely on taxis and public transport for the duration of your holiday.
Buses and trains are available to get around the city, but these can be crammed and uncomfortable for many Western travellers.
Auto rickshaws are a cheap way to get around, but if you prefer other transport options then a taxi is still an affordable option. As a general rule, the black and yellow taxis are the cheapest while blue and white taxis are a bit more expensive (and are normally more comfortable). Always check that your driver is planning on using his meter. If not, you can either try to find another vehicle or arrange a price before you leave.
What to do in Mumbai
Mumbai is a vibrant and exciting city, with plenty of options for travellers to be amazed and awed.
In the evening, walking along the ocean along Marine Drive is a great way to experience the city. You'll be able to mix with the locals and pick from a variety of bars and restaurants.
One of the most iconic structures in Mumbai is the Gateway of India. Located near the magnificent Taj Hotel, you'll be able to get some great photos here, but beware the touts and opportunists who will look to take advantage of your tourist status.
By the Gateway of India is the departure points for local boats. One destination worth checking out is Elephanta Island, which has lots of impressive cave temples and wild monkeys to look at.
Sports fans may also enjoy a trip to Wankhede Stadium, which hosts many international cricket games and T20 home matches for the Mumbai Indians.
There are many tours available of Mumbai which will take in sights like the botanical gardens, historical sites and local housing areas like Dharavi.
Information for New Zealand travellers
New Zealand passport holders need to apply for a visa to travel to India. This application process can be done online.
Mumbai experiences warm weather year-round, but between June and October it is typically monsoon season. March through to May is the most humid time of the year while November to February is the most mild.
Although Mumbai is generally safe, there are some areas in India with high risks of terrorist attacks. Be sure to check the government warnings when planning your journey.
It's also advised to speak to a travel doctor about vaccinations before flying to India.
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Please note: all information is correct as of June, 2016.