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Health and safety in New Zealand

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Medical services

New Zealand health care is of a high international standard, with hospitals and medical clinics in all cities and towns.  For ambulance, fire or the police, call 1-1-1 from anywhere in New Zealand.


New Zealand vaccinations

No vaccinations are required to enter New Zealand. Also, the tap water here is safe to drink.

Safety and Security

Below are a few hints and tips to ensure you have a hassle-free holiday in New Zealand:

New Zealand is one of the safest travel destinations in the world, however you should always observe the same precautions with your personal safety and belongings as you would in any other country or at home.

  • Go places with someone you know and trust, if possible.
  • Be aware of your surroundings when walking and sightseeing.
  • Stay in well-lit places and with other people when out late at night. Don’t take short cuts through parks or alleys. Take a taxi or get a ride with someone you know instead of walking alone.
  • Hitch hiking is NOT recommended in New Zealand.
  • Lock your accommodation (including campervans) and windows at night.

Safety in the outdoors

No doubt you’ll be experiencing New Zealand’s great outdoors – check out these tips to help you stay safe:

  • Sign in whenever asked to. If you've signed in but not out, it's a clue to authorities that you could be in trouble.
  • Leave a detailed trip plan with the Department of Conservation or a friend including a ‘panic’ date. The more details they have about your intentions, the quicker you’ll be rescued if something goes wrong.
  • Check the forecast before heading off and prepare for worst-case scenarios. Don’t underestimate the weather.
  • Take advice from people who know the area you're planning to tramp or climb.
  • Rivers can be killers. If it's running too strong to walk through, wait until the levels drop. Be conservative.
  • Going with others is better than going alone.
  • Consider using a personal locator beacon, especially if you’re traveling alone.
  • If lost - seek shelter and stay where you are. Use a flashlight/camera flash to attract attention at night. Try to position something brightly-colored and visible from the air to help a helicopter search during the day.

New Zealand travel insurance

Don’t leave home without travel insurance!  Accidents happen and they can happen in the strangest places at the strangest times, like during a ski trip on the South Island or after a night out in Auckland at 3 a.m.  Travel insurance can cover you for all sorts of mishaps during your travel, and even before you leave.  Did you know up to 25% of all insurance claims are due to cancellation of travel?

Check out the cheap STA Travel insurance policies and get the one that is right for you.

*The Small Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.

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