New Zealand

New Zealand is an amazing country with beautiful natural landscapes: fantastic mountains, steep fiords, pristine lakes, mountain rivers and active volcanos.  The islands fauna amazes the imagination; it is the true “Paradise of the Pacific”. SafeAround has compiled information from multiple sources make sure you have a pleasant and safe voyage to a fabulous New Zealand!

SAFETY INDEX

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Is New Zealand a Safe or Dangerous Country?

New Zealand is a very safe country. We recommend exercising normal safety precautions. An offense like a theft is by far the most common type of crime. Visitors should follow simple precautions as do not leave belongings unattended or forgot valuables in the plain sight in the vehicle. Violent crime associated with alcohol and drug abuse. Noisy bars, aggressive crowds of intoxicated people, or youth groups in the outskirts are better avoided. The spot of the most violent crimes in the country is Queen St. and Karangahape Rd. in Auckland. It includes the area around the Sky Tower and casino. Last year 550 people were the victims of sexual attacks, robberies, and assaults in that area. For more information about the Auckland’s sensitive areas visit a detailed city page.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

The majority of crimes are crimes of opportunity. New Zealand has the lowest rate of crimes involving guns in the world. It’s on the 5th place in the list of the safest and most dangerous countries in the world.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

Auckland as a big urban area and a destination frequently visited by tourists are affected by pickpockets. Excessive vigilance in all public place is recommended.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

New Zealand is a country, where an occurrence of kidnappings is low. Mugging is very rare, but the possibility exists, notably in the remote neighborhoods and outskirts of the big urban areas. Remember, no personal possession is worth your life.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

Lottery winning scam – you receive a letter, that you won a prize in a lottery. In order to collect your winnings, you are asked to pay a fee for a processing. Inland Revenue scams – Scammers, claiming to be from the appropriate establishment, call people to say that they are being investigated for tax fraud and are asked to pay a debt urgently or go to jail.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

On the whole, there are no transport or taxi risk in New Zealand. We recommend only drive carefully in the poor visibility.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

Severe and poorly predictable weather may be an issue in New Zealand. Strong earthquakes are often with an average magnitude of 6. Having a number of volcanos in the active phase, volcanic eruptions may take place. All tourists should be aware of venomous spiders: “redback” and “kapito”.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Though the threat from terrorism is low in New Zealand. We recommend to be vigilant of suspicious activity and abandoned subjects all the time.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Overall, woman travelers risk seems to be lower than in the main European countries, Canada or USA. However, sexually motivated crimes are still on the rise. SafeAround recommends exercise normal safety precautions and trying to avoid visiting remote neighborhoods late at night.

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WHAT TO DO?

Being a very diverse country New Zealand has many different regions that are well worth to visit.  North Islands, where the biggest city is situated has a mild climate, with picturesque ranging from white sandy beaches, through forests to active volcanos with boiling mud pools. South Island is famous for spectacular mountains and magnificent fiords, that even Norway can envy. Since recent times it’s become a motorcyclist’s mecca. Various offshore islands like Stewart Island, Sub-Antarctic Islands, and Chatham Island can propose even more pristine nature as there are less populated. New Zealand has a numerous of appealing destinations and other out-of-the-way places, that are worth a visit. For example, Abel Talisman National Park with its golden beaches, Bay of Islands with its historical significance, beautiful Milford Sound fiord, ideal fishing opportunities in Taupo and of course the region of scenic volcanos, Tongarito National Park.

Useful Information

You may need a visa for entering New Zealand. More information about the visa can be found on the following website: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa Be sure that your passport valid for at least 6 months. Ireland immigration officials may ask for your onward/return ticket.
New Zealand (NZ$) dollar is the official currency. Visa and MasterCard are accepted all over the country. In small towns may be maximum one ATM in the surrounding area.
Weather in New Zealand is unpredictable. Advised to follow a weather forecast before a long drive or trip to remote areas.
Direct flights from Europe, UK, Middle East and the USA are available. The biggest airport of the country is Auckland’s airport. Website: https://www.aucklandairport.co.nz/
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.