Travel Hints for a New Zealand Vacation – Travel Insurance

Looking for Travel Hints for a New Zealand Vacation?  If you are, then its probably time to ask yourself a few questions. For example, what happens when get sick and you need medical assistance. Amazingly,  some travellers don’t bother with travel insurance. Is it really an unnecessary costs? The first time I travelled to Europe, I made it as far as Auckland Airport before I was rushed to an emergency medical clinic. Fortunately I was ok.  However, in the meantime, I had to cancel my connecting flight to Singapore and re-book.  My travel insurance covered this unexpected cost. Peace of mind can be a costly business but then again, so is an astronomical hospital bill!

Travel Hints for a New Zealand Vacation – Footwear

Are you wondering if you need proper hiking boots? Well, unless you’re a serious tramper who enjoys multi-day hikes, probably not. What you do need, is good waterproof walking shoes for our many carefully laid walking tracks. And for goodness sake, if you’re buying new shoes for your trip, wear them in well in advance of your travel. Blisters are not fun!

Travel Hints for a New Zealand Vacation – checking-behind-you rule

Get into the habit of checking behind you as you leave the plane, car, boat, bus and yes, even bathrooms. Airline staff will tell you that I-pads and cellphones have a way of blending in with the decor. Had a client who left the country before remembering the $1000 she’d carefully stashed away in the wall safe of her hotel suite.  Fortunately the Manager was able to retrieve the money and return it via the guest’s bank account.

What clothes to pack?

Remember, that in our blessed little country you can experience 4 seasons in one day! Pack for every weather condition. New Zealand is a very casual country and people don’t dress up for everyday living.  There are one or two high end lodges in New Zealand that expect men to dress formally for dinner but most of the time tidy and casual are the norm.

Checking the house rules

Unless you’re in a self-contained accommodation (with cooking facilities), cooking is not permitted n your room.  Also, toilet and shower facilities may work differently to that of your homeland.  Good hosts are expected to explain these matters to guests but they don’t always. Don’t hesitate to ask the hosts about the bathroom facilities. Save yourself the awkwardness of having to explain the accidental flooding in the bathroom.

Customer complaints

So you have a genuine complaint – well the best way to approach it, is to make your dissatisfaction clear immediately. Give the service provider a chance to put it right so that the rest of your stay and be a happy one. We stayed at a beautiful luxury B & B in Akaroa a couple of years ago.  I mentioned to the hosts that the toilet seat in the ensuite was loose. By the time we returned from dinner a few hours later, the seat had been fixed.

Check seasonal availablity

Your friends may have told you about a great boutique vineyard or a wildlife tour.  What your friends may not know, is that some attractions in New Zealand close at certain times of the year.  Many vineyards close for wine tastings and some tours only operate in the Summer months. It pays to be aware that some tours have age and weight restrictions – especially those relating to more physical adventure.

Remember the golden rule!

Remember that Kiwis (the two-legged kind) will do anything to help a traveller. You’ll never be without a helping hand.  So have a great New Zealand holiday!



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