The ICC Cricket World Cup will be held in Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 28 March 2015. Forty-nine one-day international matches will be played, and thousands of visiting supporters are expected to follow the 14 teams, including England, Scotland and Ireland (*). As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for New Zealand and Australia
Passports, visas and travel insurance
British nationals do not need a visa for short term visits to New Zealand of less than 6-months, but you will need to arrive with evidence of sufficient funds to support yourself in New Zealand, and an onward ticket. If you want to stay longer, see the Immigration New Zealand website.
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required. If you’re transiting another country en route to or from New Zealand, make sure you check the entry requirements for that country.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. Make sure that your insurance policy covers any “adventure tourism” activities you want to do while in New Zealand (like bungy jumping, white water rafting, hot air ballooning, back country hiking). If you lose your passport, or it is stolen, you’ll need to obtain an Emergency Travel Document from the nearest British consulate.
Quarantine and bio security
New Zealand has very strict bio-security regulations. It is illegal to import most foodstuffs and strict penalties are handed out to those breaking these rules. Take care when importing wood products, golf clubs, footwear, tents, fishing equipment and items made from animal skin. For more information, see our travel advice.
At the matches
Match venues will be enforcing their standard conditions of entry. Prohibited items generally include: food, alcohol; drugs; glass bottles or breakable containers; metal containers, cans; offensive weapons, including potential missiles; flags over 1m x 1m in size; musical instruments; and professional camera/video/ audio equipment. All match venues reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who is intoxicated and/or disorderly. Licensing laws are strictly enforced: even being mildly intoxicated can lead to being refused entry.
Please see the match venues’ websites for further information:
The numbers of travelling fans will be fairly consistent over the tournament although the teams who progress past the pool games may see their supporters increase in number.
Easter is from 3 to 6 April 2015. Many shops and service providers will be closed during this time, so please ensure you have adequate stocks of prescription medicines or any other items you may need.
The level of crime in New Zealand is low but that does not mean there is no crime. Be careful with personal possessions and travel documents in cities and other popular tourist destinations. Avoid carrying everything in one bag; only carry what you need; and leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposit boxes. Don’t leave bags unattended in vehicles, internet cafes, pubs or clubs.
You can reduce the risk of losing your passport by getting a Hospitality NZ 18+ card. This is an accepted form of ID for many services, including entering licensed premises. By getting a card soon after you arrive, you’ll limit the need to carry your passport with you.
As a visitor, you can drive in New Zealand using a valid UK driving licence. You must carry your driving licence and passport when driving. Make sure you have sufficient insurance, including if you borrow a car from a friend or relative. If you’re hiring a car immediately on arrival be extra careful - you will be jetlagged and tired from your flight.
Car trips will take longer than you think. There is no M1 equivalent in New Zealand and even major roads pass through lots of small towns and can be narrow and winding in places. The open road speed limit is 100 kph and if you don’t exceed that you’ll find on a long distance trip that you’ll only average 80 kph. Remember as well that New Zealand is cut in half by Cook Strait, a 3.5 hour ferry trip.
Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is illegal. The penalties can be severe. You must wear a seat belt at all times. Take particular care when driving on unmetalled roads, 4WD tracks and desert/beach roads. Always ensure you have enough water and fuel.
Be sun smart!
You’ll get sun burnt far more quickly in New Zealand than you will in the UK. The incidence of skin cancer is one of the highest in the world, two to three times the UK rate. The SunSmart website has tips on how to protect yourself.
Under the reciprocal healthcare arrangements that exist between New Zealand and the UK, British Citizens resident in the UK and travelling on a British passport are entitled to limited subsidised health services for medically necessary treatment while visiting New Zealand. This does not cover pre-existing conditions, or treatment that does not require prompt attention. If you don’t have comprehensive medical insurance and aren’t covered under the reciprocal arrangements, costs for treatment can be high. For more information on eligibility see the Ministry of Health website.
New Zealand is prone to natural disasters including flooding, volcanic activity and earthquakes. The country has had only two days of rain in January and is very dry, escalating the danger of grass and bush fires. See our travel advice for what to do in a natural disaster.
Rip currents are the main surf hazard for all beach users. They can occur at any beach, and can sweep even the strongest swimmer out to sea. Five people drowned in three days around New Zealand in January 2015. Take the following simple precautions:
- Don’t swim on unpatrolled beaches or after hours
- Always swim between the red and yellow flags
- Don’t swim after consuming alcohol or drugs
- Always swim with a friend; never alone.
- Wear appropriate swimming clothes, certainly not jeans
British consular offices
Our consular offices in New Zealand support British nationals in need of assistance.
Emergency services numbers
In a life threatening or time critical emergency, call 111 and state whether you need Police, Fire or Ambulance.
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Footnote(*): The Ireland cricket team represents the whole of the island of Ireland. Irish nationals should contact the Consulate-General of Ireland if they need consular assistance.