Tips and recommendations for healthy travel to top destinations
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New Zealand was one of the last major landmasses settled. It has a rich diversity in not only landscape but plants and animals as well. You can find beaches, mountains, dense forests, and lots of outdoor activities.
Consisting of 2 main islands, with volcanoes and glaciers as main features. The North Island has the capital, Wellington, and most of the population of New Zealand live on the island. The South Island contains a majority of the country’s famous landscapes with many National Parks and protected land.
New Zealand has a rich culture, blending Maori and British traditions. There’s a wide range of attractions and activities all throughout the country. Stop by the well-known Auckland Museum for Maori culture and history, try making it to the top of the Sky Tower, or do a tasting at one of over 70 wineries in New Zealand. The country has a little something for everyone.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for New Zealand. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for New Zealand: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and influenza.
The food and water standards are similar for the U.S. and New Zealand. Most travelers don’t need to take special precautions while travelling in New Zealand in regards to food and water habits.
See our vaccinations page to learn more about these infections and vaccines. Ready to protect yourself? Book your travel health appointment today by calling or schedule online now.
While New Zealand is an industrialized country, mosquitos and other bug bites can still spread diseases. You don’t have to worry about taking precaution with malarial medication, but, you should try to avoid bug bites as in the States.
If you’re outside, take precaution by covering exposed skin and using an insect repellent. New Zealand has a lot to offer visitors in ways of outdoor activities. Consider using permethrin-treated clothing if participating in outdoor activities.
If you’re traveling as a tourist and planning on staying in New Zealand for three months or less, you don’t need a visa. But, you do need a passport that will be valid for a at least three months after your trip and proof of either return tickets or a ticket for travelling onwards after your stay in New Zealand.
If you plan on staying for longer than the three months you should apply for a visitor’s visa. You can also apply for a work or student visa for New Zealand.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
New Zealand has mild temperatures with high rainfall. With the climate dominated by the sea and the mountains, it depends on where you are in New Zealand for the climate. Here are a few major cities and what you can expect weather wise while travelling:
There is no travel warning for New Zealand for U.S. Citizens.
But, you should be alert to any unusual activity. Be aware of your surroundings, and report any incidents to the police. While the crime rate in New Zealand is low, there are higher amounts of thefts in areas most frequented by tourists. Take precaution while travelling, keep your eye on all your valuables.
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), especially if you’re travelling by yourself. Being enrolled in STEP allows you to contact your family in case of emergencies, makes it easier to locate you in an emergency, and gives you peace of mind during your travels.
The combination of ice and temperate rainforest is a unique feature of New Zealand’s glacier country. Almost half of the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is covered in glaciers. Nowhere in the world’s temperate zones are glaciers as accessible as in New Zealand.
You’re able to get up close and personal to the Fox or Franz Josef Glaciers with guided tours and excursions for glacier hiking and ice climbing. The Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are on the South Island’s West Coast and are easily accessible for hikers and mountaineers looking for adventure. Different companies offer various levels of difficulty for the excursions. This means that anyone can experience hiking in this gorgeous glacier area.
There are scenic flights in helicopters and fixed wing aircrafts that can take you over the glaciers. Think of all the amazing picture opportunities you would have! They provide flights, snow landings on some of New Zealand’s highest peaks, and can take you through Glacier County.
Depending on your travel plans, you may need to consider packing some of these essential items in your suitcase for your trip to New Zealand. Don’t forget to pack:
All Americans visiting New Zealand should register online with the U.S. Department of State before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
Once in New Zealand, the information for the U.S. consulate is:
U.S. Consulate General Auckland
Citigroup Centre, 3rd Floor,
23 Customs Street East
Auckland, New Zealand
Telephone: +(64)(9) 303-2724
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: (64)(9) 303-2724 ext. 2900
Fax: +(64)(9) 366-0870
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