UK nationals who live in the UK and are visiting New Zealand short-term are eligible for the same free (urgent) healthcare as locals. But this doesn’t include the cost of repatriation or every medical need, so it’s important to take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy before you set off; covering all the activities you plan to do and all the destinations you want to visit.
Although you don’t need a visa to travel to New Zealand as a visitor for up to 6 months, you will need a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority. You can apply for this online here https://bit.ly/2p0Dw8N.
You should also check with your travel clinic or GP that you’ve had the recommended vaccinations to travel. These will include routine vaccinations such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and diphtheria-tetanus-polio. More information here: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/162/new-zealand
Bear in mind that New Zealand is currently suffering a measles outbreak, concentrated in Auckland.
Bear in mind too that New Zealand is located in a seismic zone, is subject to earthquakes and also has a number of active volcanoes. If there’s a natural disaster, follow advice from local authorities and emergency services.
Pack a first aid kit with essentials such as diarrhea treatment, pain relief, sunscreen, insect repellent, antiseptic and plasters. And, if you need to take essential medication, take extra in case you’re delayed coming home.
Reduce the risk of “travellers’ tummy” by washing your hands after going to the toilet and before preparing and eating food.
Avoid excessive alcohol. If you have an accident caused by heavy drinking, your travel insurance won’t cover you.
Be aware of the heightened threat of terrorist attacks globally against British nationals – and be especially vigilant in public places.
Bear in mind too that, although crime levels are generally low, there is street crime in New Zealand’s major towns and cities. Avoid flaunting valuables and leave them locked up in a hotel safe wherever possible.
If you’re traveling to the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau, remember that mosquito borne viruses, including dengue, chikungunya and Zika have been reported here. You can reduce the risks by using insect repellent, wearing long sleeves, covering legs and staying in air conditioned accommodation where possible.
If you need an ambulance in New Zealand, call 111 and contact the emergency assistance number that comes with your travel insurance as soon as you can.