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Keeping safe as a visitor in New Zealand
Try not to put yourself in unsafe situations, or leave your valuable possessions where somebody else could easily take them.
Keeping safe on New Zealand roads
Keeping yourself safe
Keeping safe outdoors
Keeping your possessions safe
Keeping your credit cards and identity safe
Keeping safe via text messaging
Keeping safe around alcohol
New Zealand has a good roading system, but weather extremes, changes in terrain, and narrow secondary roads and bridges can make driving hazardous.
Although New Zealand is a small country, it can take many hours to drive between cities and other destinations of interest.
You should always be well rested before starting a long road trip. There have been serious crashes in New Zealand when people have attempted to drive while tired after a long-haul flight.
During long journeys, take regular rest and refreshment breaks.
Remember: a fatigued driver is an unsafe driver.
The following general information is provided for your road safety:
- Drive on the left-hand-side of the road and if you are turning right, give way.
- Keep within the speed limits. Speed limits are rigorously enforced by Police.
- Drive carefully according to the weather conditions.
- Fixed and mobile speed cameras operate throughout New Zealand.
- You are required by law to carry your driver licence with you at all times.
- All vehicle drivers and passengers must wear a safety belt or approved child restraint at all times.
- If you are cycling or motorcycling, cycle helmets and motorcycle helmets are compulsory.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime. Police actively enforce it. Penalties are severe and your vehicle could be impounded in certain circumstances.
- If you are driving a campervan, you will generally drive more slowly than other vehicles. Where it is safe, please pull over to let other vehicles pass.
- For your own safety, hitch-hiking is not recommended.
You can help keep yourself and others safe by following these simple tips.
- Be aware and take notice of your surroundings and who’s around when out walking or sight-seeing.
- If possible, go places with someone you know and trust.
- Avoid walking alone in isolated places late at night. Stay in well-lit areas where there are other people. Take a taxi or arrange for someone you know to pick you up.
- Don’t carry large amounts of cash or expensive jewellery with you. If you must carry valuable items, keep them close to your body.
- If using an ATM, only withdraw small amounts of cash - preferably during the day - shield your PIN number and be aware of people around you.
- If you are in a bar, avoid accepting drinks from strangers, and don't leave your drink unattended. Remember, alcohol and drugs can affect your judgement.
- Police do not recommend accepting rides from people you don't know.
- Carry a mobile phone with you and don’t hesitate to use New Zealand’s emergency phone number if you feel unsafe or threatened. Dial 111.
New Zealand is the perfect destination for all types of outdoor adventure and activity. Before heading into your chosen pursuit, make sure you follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
Outdoor Safety Code
- Plan your trip
Seek local knowledge as Department of Conservation staff, an i-SITE information centre or Police and plan the route you will take and the amount of time you can reasonably expect it to take.
- Tell someone
Tell someone your plans and leave a date for when to raise the alarm if you haven’t returned, visit AdventureSmart to find out how.
- Be aware of the weather
New Zealand’s weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes.
- Know your limits
Challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience. Going with others is better than going alone.
- Take sufficient supplies
Make sure you have enough food, clothing, equipment and emergency rations for the worst case scenario. Take an appropriate means of communication. Don’t rely on cell phone coverage and consider using a personal locator beacon especially if you’re travelling alone. You can buy or hire a distress beacon however for two-way communications in remote areas contact the Mountain Radio Service.
When using the outdoors for recreational activities safety is your responsibility so tell someone your plans (Outdoor Intentions) as it may save your life.
Land-based outdoor intentions
Visit the AdventureSmart website, complete the Outdoors Intentions process, and record details of your proposed trip before you go.
Boating and aviation outdoor intentions
While enjoying the outdoors please don't remove any plants, or other natural resources. Visit www.leavenotrace.org.nz for more information.
- Always lock your accommodation or vehicle and keep windows secure.
- If possible, don’t leave valuables in parked cars or campervans - especially at scenic spots or trail heads. If you must leave valuables behind, keep them out of sight.
- Store your valuables securely, ideally in a safe at your accommodation.
- Carry important documents with you - such as your passport, credit cards, and traveller’s cheques. Keep copie