Summary

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake occurred on Monday 20 January in the south, southeast of Palmerston North in the North Islands of New Zealand. See Natural Disasters.

If you’re visiting remote areas of New Zealand, make sure your journey details are known to local authorities or friends/relatives before setting out. Weather conditions can quickly become treacherous, especially in winter. See Local travel

Motor vehicle insurance is not a legal requirement in New Zealand. This is because New Zealand law has removed the right of accident victims to sue a third party in the event of an accident. See Road travel

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Around 280,000 British nationals visit New Zealand every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

There’s no British representation on the Cook Islands, or the islands of Niue or Tokelau. You should contact the New Zealand High Commission if you need consular assistance on the Cook Islands or Niue. If you need consular assistance on Tokelau, contact the British Honorary Consul in Samoa.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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