Services / Insurance
when travelling anywhere abroad, we strongly recommend you take out medial
insurance before travelling to New Zealand, as most visitors are not entitled
to publically funded health services unless;
They are a resident or citizen of Australia
- They are a national of the United Kingdom in New Zealand
- They hold a temporary permit valid for 2+ years
you don't fit into one of these categories, and you don't have medical
insurance, you or your sponsor may be liable for the full costs of your
treatment. There are a range of public and private medical and hospital
facilities available which provide a high standard of service, comparable
with anywhere else in the world.
are open during normal business hours. Late night or emergency chemists
can be found by looking in the local telephone directory of the area that
you are in.
Animals / Allergies
of the best things about New Zealand is that there are no snakes or poisonous
creatures here, with the exception of the very rare Katipo spider. If
you suffer from hay fever or allergies though, do bring any appropriate
medicines as there's a lot of pollens, seeds and dust around.
you plan on spending lot of time outside, buy some insect repellant when
you arrive! You may find sand flies if you visit a beach, and they're
also a well known resident in the Fiordland region all through the year
- they like to bite. Insect repellant's a must if you plan on doing any
bush walking or tramping while you're here.
advise you to purchase sun screen when you arrive too. Burn times in New
Zealand are around 11-14 minutes on a summer day, and that's with or without
clouds! Sun screen (and insect repellant) can be purchased at most local
convenience stores, supermarkets, chemists and gas stations.