Due to extreme weather conditions a Civil Defence Emergency was declared on New Zealand’s West Coast on 26 March 2019. State Highway 6 is down to one lane in many places between Hokitika and Makarora and is closed by a bridge washout between Fox and Franz Josef. Anyone considering travel to the West Coast should check the New Zealand Transport Agency website and the Civil Defence West Coast Facebook page
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
Terrorist attacks in New Zealand can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
Around 200,000 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 High Commission in Wellington
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. Make sure this covers you for all activities you plan to do while in New Zealand, including manual labour if you’re backpacking; and adventure sports like bungee jumping, diving and paragliding.