Friday, January 22, 2010

New Zealand: Staying Safe on Your Adventures

New Zealand is a relatively safe travel destination. However, when it comes to your safety, it's important to take the same care in New Zealand as in your own country. One thing that all travelers want to do in New Zealand is walk- through forests, up mountains, along riverbanks and around lakes. It’s the easiest way to get into the landscape. The necessary safety precautions are vital in ensuring a worry-free and fun expedition.

Weather conditions in New Zealand alpine areas can change rapidly. Be prepared for cold wet weather if you plan to walk in the National Parks, whatever the time of year.

In wetter areas, particularly in Fiordland, sand flies can be pests, but are effectively controlled by use of an insect repellent.

Giardia is a water-borne parasite that causes diarrhea. To avoid contracting it, it is best not to drink water from lakes, ponds or rivers without first boiling, chemically treating or filtering it.

New Zealand's clear, unpolluted atmosphere and relatively low latitudes produce sunlight stronger than much of Europe or North America, so be prepared to wear hats and sun block if you plan to be out in the sun for more than 15-20 minutes.

Although no vaccinations are required to enter New Zealand, it's a good idea to pack a basic first-aid kit for your trip, particularly if you plan to go hiking, camping or to remote parts of the New Zealand.

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