New Zealand poses minimal health risks to travellers. Diseases such as malaria and typhoid are unheard of, poisonous snakes and other dangerous animals are absent, and there are currently no dangerous insect-borne diseases. The biggest risks to travellers involve exploring the great outdoors: trampers must be clued in on rapidly changing weather and diligent about sharing any plans to visit remote areas; drivers must exert extreme caution on NZ’s notoriously winding roads.
Time zone: Time zone in Wellington, New Zealand (GMT+12)
Emergency #: 111
Vaccinations required: No
The CDC recommends being up to date with all your regular shots. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot
They also suggest being vaccinated for hepatitis A. There is also some advice about protection for hepatitis B and rabies. Rabies is present in bats in the United Kingdom. However, it is not a major risk to most travellers.
New Zealand’s public hospitals offer a high standard of care (free for residents). All travellers are covered for medical care resulting from accidents that occur while in NZ (eg motor-vehicle accidents or adventure-activity accidents) by the Accident Compensation Corporation (www.acc.co.nz). Costs incurred due to treatment of a medical illness that occurs while in NZ will only be covered by travel insurance. For more details, see www.health.govt.nz.
Tap water throughout New Zealand is generally safe to drink, and public taps with non-drinkable water tend to be labelled as such. However, water quality has faced pollution challenges in some places. Very occasionally, a warning may be issued that tap water must be boiled – your accommodation should inform you if this happens.
Here is a link to the US State Department Travel Advisory for New Zealand for the latest information on travelling to the UK.
Remember the emergency number in New Zealand is 111. It works from any phone.
New Zealand is a very safe country to visit. However, (and unfortunately) theft from tourists is a relatively common occurrence. Most theft happens from break-ins from parked vehicles. If you are parking your vehicle, especially in a remote area, hide your important belongings (such as cash and travel documents) well. Better still, take them with you.
If you are robbed, report the incident immediately to the local police.