Compare travel insurance for New Zealand
Compare travel insurance for New Zealand
If you're looking for travel insurance to New Zealand, we can help you compare travel insurance deals from across the market. We’ll help you to find the cover you need to be able to get the most from your trip to New Zealand.
Do I need travel insurance for New Zealand?
Getting travel insurance for New Zealand is important so you have peace of mind and can concentrate on enjoying your holiday.
The travel insurance you need for New Zealand will depend on how long you'll be there, what you plan to do and what kind of cover you're happy with.
Travel insurance will protect you from theft, loss, medical emergencies and cancellations and delays – it can also cover you against possible health risks in New Zealand.
Like Australia, the UK and New Zealand have a reciprocal health agreement, so UK nationals can get immediately necessary healthcare, although you may have to show your passport.
However, it's still recommended that travellers have the right travel health insurance to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and, if required, repatriation.
On 4 April 2020, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advised against all non-essential travel overseas for an indefinite period. In this unprecedented time, we are temporarily not providing travel insurance comparisons for trips outside the UK, until we have complete confidence we can get you a policy to meet your needs.
As of 23rd March 2020, the UK Government announced a series of restrictions to travel, public spaces and gatherings. For a minimum of three weeks, people are being instructed to stay at home whenever possible. For this reason, travel insurance policies purchased from this date, for trips within the UK with a start date before 13th April 2020, will not be valid.
The UK Government also instructed all British tourists and travellers, that are currently abroad, to return to the UK as soon as possible.
Coronavirus was declared a pandemic on 11th March 2020, so this may also affect your policy, particularly those taken out on or after that date. Please check any existing policies carefully, to find out what you’re covered for.
What will travel insurance cover in New Zealand?
Look for cover for:
- Medical care – the right policy will offer you protection if you were to fall ill or have an accident
- Flight cancellations and missed connections – your travel insurance could protect you against the extra costs that these events incur. Cover for things like a missed connection isn't included in all policies, so if you want to be covered for this, make sure you check the policy T&Cs
- Damage, loss or theft of your luggage – your travel insurance should cover you for replacing clothes, medicine and toiletries if your luggage is damaged, lost or stolen. Remember to take note of any excesses that apply on your policy, as well as the overall possessions and single-item limits
- New Zealand is a paradise for lovers of the outdoors and jam-packed with activities for the adventurous at heart. If you're set on the adventure of a lifetime, you might opt for a comprehensive insurance policy that covers you for those riskier extreme sports activities like scuba diving, skiing and snowboarding, abseiling or trekking
New Zealand travel insurance: a checklist
What sorts of features might you want to include in your New Zealand travel insurance policy? Look out for quotes that include:
- holiday cancellation cover
- medical care
- damages, loss or theft of luggage
- flight delays
- pre-existing medical conditionspersonal liability cover
It’s likely that you’ll have spent a lot of money on your holiday to New Zealand, so getting the right insurance helps to protect this and ensure you enjoy your trip every bit as much as you hoped.
Do I need a visa to holiday in New Zealand?
No, you don't need a visa to visit New Zealand if you are a UK citizen and/or passport holder. You can visit for up to six months.
What else should I think about if I’m going to New Zealand?
Here are a few more travel facts about New Zealand to help you enjoy your tip:
- Tipping: this isn't usually expected or required but a 10% tip is always appreciated
- Maori etiquette: if you end up in a Maori meeting place, it's best to go with someone who knows the customs. Having said that, they tend to make allowances for foreign guests
- Border control: be careful taking meat, honey, fruit and dairy products across lines – importing pests is a serious issue and fines can be given
- Medication: you must declare any prescription medicines you arrive with on your passenger arrival card