Health Advice for New Zealand
Medical facilities in New Zealand are excellent. There is a reciprocal agreement between Britain and New Zealand to enable citizens of either country free use of the National Health Services if a temporary or permanent resident.
Research has shown that asthma sufferers may be more at risk of an attack in New Zealand so make sure you pack your Ventolin.
New Zealand has the highest death rate from melanoma in the world. New Zealand has a low pollution level, and less o-zone (the protective layer surrounding the earth from the suns UV rays), meaning it is a lot easier to get sunburnt that other parts of the world. Each year 200 people die from melanoma and another 50 die from other preventable skin cancers. Always remember to apply sunscreen regularly.
The only other major danger to foreign nationals is the extreme sports in New Zealand. Make sure you are properly informed of the dangers involved and the safety requirements.
For more information check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The number to call in an emergency is 111 and can be dialled from any telephone in New Zealand free of charge. This number will connect you with emergency operators for the ambulance service, fire brigade or police. The first question that the operator will ask is which service you need.
If you have a mobile phone obtained outside New Zealand, using the universal emergency number 112 is a better idea. Using 112 will use any available network, will work even if your phone is not roaming, and will work even if the phone does not have a SIM.
Healthline (run by the Ministry of Health) are a medical advice agency and may be contacted on 0800 611116.
There are low levels of crime in New Zealand but tourists should always be aware.
Gangs and thieves usually target tourists as they have a lot of expensive possessions. Don’t flash your cash and be street wise. Make sure your possessions are secure and out of sight.
Like in most countries opium, heroin, amphetamines (speed), cocaine, LSD, ecstasy and marijuana among other drugs are all illegal both to possess and to sell in New Zealand, with trafficking offences usually carrying a jail term.
The risks involved in taking or selling drugs in a foreign country far out-weighs the pleasure of taking them. It is easy to say, but our advice is “just say no”.