Travel insurance for New Zealand

New Zealand was voted the best country to visit in the Telegraph Travel Awards 2016, giving you all the more reason to start planning your holiday now! And it’s easy to see why: It’s practically impossible not to fall for the country’s epic landscapes.

With one-third of the nation designated as national parkland, New Zealand boasts one incredibly dramatic setting after another – from a fabulous wine country and mountain peaks to volcanic lakes, and glaciers, there’s always something to tempt you to hike, climb, camp and admire.

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Cover for medical conditions

Thanks to a reciprocal health agreement between the UK and New Zealand, any treatment deemed necessary by a medical practitioner will be provided at a reduced cost when a valid UK passport is shown.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) recommends that visitors still buy medical travel insurance to cover the cost of any treatment abroad and repatriation.

There are also some areas of New Zealand with limited medical facilities including the Cook Islands and the Niue and Tokelau islands. If medical treatment is required, transport to the mainland may be required.

New Zealand travel information


Some mosquito borne viruses have been reported in the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau. You should take suitable steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

If you are entering the country with prescription medications, you will need to declare them on your passenger arrival card, supplied by immigration when you arrive, and satisfy all immigration requirements for bringing in your medications.

In an emergency, dial 111 for an ambulance.


Vaccinations are not legally required to enter New Zealand; however, it’s a good idea to double check with your doctor, ideally four to six weeks in advance, which vaccines you may personally need. Make sure your routine vaccinations are up to date to protect you against tetanus, diphtheria, polio, typhoid, and Hepatitis A and B.


You can enter New Zealand as a tourist for up to six months without a visa but you will need a ticket for onward travel.

Your passport will need to be valid for a minimum of one month from you are scheduled to leave the country.

Driving in New Zealand

In New Zealand you can drive (on the left-hand side of the road) with your UK driving licence for up to 12 months.

Roads are generally good but they can be hilly, narrow and twisty so before you set off, it’s a good idea to read the New Zealand Transport Agency’s Road Code which provides information on the national traffic rules and safety.

FCO travel advice

Crime is not a major problem in New Zealand but just like anywhere, it pays to be vigilant, especially in major cities and tourist areas such as Rotorua and Queenstown. Thefts from cars and hotels are on the increase so take care not to leave anything visible in parked cars and keep your valuables locked up in the hotel safe when not in use.


  • New Zealand’s currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD, NZ$ or $)
  • ATMs can be found in most built up areas. Most establishments will accept card payments
  • Withdrawing cash from an ATM will be the most cost-effective way to exchange money as there are no fees or commissions to pay
  • Bank opening hours are from 9am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Some branches are open on Saturday mornings.

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†Based on all quotes given between January 2016 – December 2016