Q. Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?
If you are a citizen of one of the following countries, which have visa waiver agreements with New Zealand, you do not need to apply for a Visitor Visa if you plan to visit New Zealand for 3 months or less:
Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong***, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Marino, Mexico, Monaco, Nauru, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Portugal*, Qatar San, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Uruguay, USA**, Vatican City .
* Portuguese passport holders must have the right to live permanently in Portugal.
** Includes US nationals from American Samoa and Swains Island.
*** Residents of Hong Kong travelling on Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or British National (Overseas) passports.
People travelling on a United Nations (UN) laissez-passer
British Citizens and Passport Holders
If you are a British citizen or are a British passport holder and have evidence of the right to live permanently in the United Kingdom, you may be granted a Visitor's Permit valid for 6 months on arrival.
As a Visa Waiver Visitor You Must hold a valid ticket to a country you have the right of entry to; and have sufficient money to support yourself during your stay; and hold a passport valid for 3 months beyond the date you are leaving New Zealand; and only wish to visit New Zealand for the time granted on arrival (if you wish to visit for a longer period you will need to apply for a Visitor''s Visa).
Temporary Permit Exemptions
The following people are exempt from having to hold temporary permits while in New Zealand citizens of the Commonwealth of Australia or people exempted by special direction or any country or crew members of any craft transporting such people to New Zealand, while in New Zealand
Q. If I become sick or have an injury is medical help available.
Every main city has its own hospitals and emergency medical centres many also have after hours pharmacies. Smaller towns have medical clinics and doctors. Supermarkets sell general non prescription treatments and pharmacies also provide some medications that don't require a doctors prescription.
It is recommended that all travellers arriving into New Zealand are covered by comprehensive travel insurance. If you get into trouble, New Zealand can be an expensive place to receive medical treatment. If you are planning on doing any adventure activities such as scuba diving, sky diving, bungy jumping, skiing or any other number of activities that are deemed as 'dangerous sports/activities', make sure you read the fine print on your insurance policy to determine that you are indeed covered for those activities. The last thing you want is to take out an expensive cover, only to find you weren't covered at all!
Q. Is there any dangerous wild animals poisonous snakes or insects in New Zealand?
New Zealand has only two native mammals (two species of bat) All other mammals have been introduced, ie cows, sheep, goats, deer, possums, stoats, ferrits, emu, wallabies, rabbits, moose, pigs. Of these the only ones that are of concern are possums that won't threaten you however they are scavengers of food left out in the open at your campsite. Wild pigs are only dangerous if they feel threatened. New Zealand has no snakes though the rare giant native earth worm which can grow to 1 metre in length may be mistaken for one. In many places around New Zealand, close to water sorces or on the west coast of the South island, misquitos can be a real nuisense. There are several spiders which have poisonous venom however their bite is not considered leathal. The Australian white tail spider, and the New Zealand Katipo spider which is generally found amoungst driftwood on sandy beaches.
We recommend that you bring with you a good supply of insect repellant like RID to keep mosquitoes at bay. In general, most creepy crawlies can't do you much harm as long as you don't provoke them.