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About New Zealand Vaccinations
Two main islands with widely varying geographical features form this south-western Pacific nation. Overall, the temperate climate has influences from both the sea and the mountains, however weather in northern districts is considered sub-tropical while interior regions of the South Island are alpine.
Travel Health Alerts
Vaccine Preventable Diseases
Low risk for most travellers. Consult a medical practitioner for your specific risk.
Disease present. Recommendation for vaccination will depend on specific itinerary and activities planned. Generally rabies vaccination is advised for high risk individuals such as veterinarians or animal handlers, cavers. Additionally for higher risk travellers who plan: extended periods outdoors, rural travel, adventurous activities including bicycling; also expats or long-term travellers to endemic regions and children (risk of more severe or risk-prone bites and may not report contact at all). Click here to learn more about rabies.
Sexually transmitted and blood-borne diseases occur. The risk to travellers can be greatly reduced by practising safe sex with any new partner. All travellers should carry condoms. Blood borne diseases (HIV, Hepatitis B & C) can be spread by blood transfusion, tattooing, body piercing or non-sterile needles. Travellers in high risk groups should carry sterile needles (see also Medical Care). Understand the symptoms and how to prevent STIs here.
In order to check before and during travel for any high-risk areas visit the Smartraveller website. Avoid unnecessary displays of wealth or valuables and minimise the amounts of cash carried. Keep secure records of passport/credit card/licence numbers. For more safety tips visit: www.smartraveller.gov.au.
Comprehensive medical facilities accessible throughout the country. Check for any contacts supplied by your emergency assistance organisation (nominated by your travel insurer) or with IAMAT (International Association of Medical Assistance for Travellers).
First Aid Kits & Accessories
No particular need outside personal requirements. Travellers involved in adventurous activities (trekking, cycling, camping, etc) should always carry an appropriate first aid kit. Consult a medical practitioner for the need to carry an insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or Citriodiol.