New Zealand

New Zealand

Use Normal Level of Caution

New Zealand is a country made up of a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia. There are two main islands, the North Island and the South Island and many smaller islands. The population of New Zealand is about 4.2 million people.

The government of New Zealand is a parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm. The chief of state is Queen Elizabeth II, and the head of government is a prime minister.

New Zealand is a country that recognizes its indigenous people, the Maori, who were the first people to arrive in New Zealand and are the largest minority. The language, Maori, was made an official language in 1987, although Maori is spoken by only about 4 percent of the population.

New Zealand is a developed country with a high standard of living, usually ranking as one of the world's most attractive places to live. Tourism is a major part of the economy. New Zealand is known for spectacular scenery, volcanoes and geothermal activity, outdoor sports and treks, and national parks where visitors can take any of nine Great Walks.

Currency NZD: New Zealand dollar
Language English and Maori
Capital Wellington
Recent Alerts None
Latest Alert Not Available

Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in New Zealand. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

There is a low risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country.

Hepatitis B

The risk of acquiring hepatitis B in this country is low.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to New Zealand.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a low risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country, however, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

If travellers to New Zealand intend to live or work in Maori communities where there is a high rate of hepatitis B, vaccination is recommended.

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to New Zealand.

None required.

Safety and Security in New Zealand

Emergency Numbers

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0800-842-846 Victim Support

Victim Support is a private organization that works both independently and with the New Zealand Police to assist victims of crime. Victim Support is available 24 hours a day by calling 0800-842-846 (0800-Victim) or emailing help@victimsupport.org.nz.

Personal Safety

Most travellers to New Zealand do not experience any safety or security risks as the country is generally safe. Violent crime against tourists is rare; however, theft can sometimes occur from hotel rooms, at tourist and recreational sites, and from unattended vehicles. Travellers should ensure their personal belongings and travel documents are kept secure.

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