Travel Tips for a New Zealand Holiday With a Nice Ring About It

September 11, 2023

September 3, 2023 marked 50 years since the death of ‘Lord of the Rings’ author, J.R.R Tolkien.  Lord of the Rings conjures up many things, to many people, but for the avid traveller, including Europesure travel insurance clients, it may well be images of New Zealand.

It may come as no surprise that, after the release of the first picture The Fellowship of the Rings, in 2001, the annual influx of visitors to New Zealand increased by 40%.    The impact of the film remains strong with 18% of people still citing Lord of the Rings as a reason they are visiting.  

The beauty and variety the country holds is in little doubt when you view these films, shot  in 150 locations across the North and South Islands.

Despite no current movies in the franchise, New Zealand remains a popular travel destination and a relatively safe one.  However,  with any long haul holiday there come some important factors to consider, so the team at Europesure has put together things you might want to consider, before setting off to explore Middle Earth.

Things to do.

The flight to New Zealand is not for the faint-hearted but once there you won’t regret it.  The scenery is breathtaking and there is lots to explore.  There is something to suit everybody, including taking in the natural beauty of Fiordland and relaxing in the bubbling mud pools of Rotorua.  You could perhaps take a wander through the museums and art galleries of Wellington, gaze in awe at the glow worm-filled caves and geothermal wonders, or just chill on one of the many beautiful beaches.

Things to consider.

As with any holiday it is important to ensure you have the right travel insurance and, when going long haul, you may have more things to consider.  Some things which Europesure advises travellers to be covered for include:


A trip to New Zealand doesn’t come cheap, so it is important you’re covered, in case you need to cancel.  People always think it won’t happen to them, but it would be devastating to find that one of your party falls ill before the trip and is unable to travel.  Your heart would naturally be with them; your head would be telling you that you should have insured your trip’s costs from the moment you booked. If you haven’t done that, you could lose thousands of pounds on your cancelled trip.

Earthquakes and Tsunamis

Whilst not that common, these do happen in New Zealand and you should be armed with protection, just in case.  The Europesure travel insurance policy does cover against these types of natural disasters, supporting you, if you need assistance.

Missing  flights and lost luggage and belonging

To get to New Zealand from the UK, you may well have to change flights at some point during your journey.   This, unfortunately, increases your chances of missing connections, and also of the airline losing your luggage as it transfers your belongs from one aircraft to another.  Make sure you’re covered for this potential calamity.

Medical treatment

Falling ill, or having an accident while on holiday, can not only be upsetting but also expensive.  The right insurance policy will cover you for medical treatment abroad and potential medical evacuation, should that be needed.

Sporting activities

New Zealand is an outdoor playground when it comes to sporting activity, but it is essential that you have the right travel insurance to cover you, according to what you are doing.  

The Europesure travel insurance policy is very flexible when it comes to sports’ activities, covering many as standard.  However, a standard travel insurance policy from Europesure will not cover any wintersports activity that you suddenly decide to engage in, whilst in New Zealand.  You would need a Wintersports travel insurance add-on for that.

Furthermore, if you are insured with another provider, you may need to specifically name any activities that you are planning to do, in order to be covered.

Check this point carefully, before you start flinging yourself off a mountainside on a rope or harness, or jet skiing around the coastline.

Europesure offers various types of cover including single and annual (which is ideal if you take a number of holidays per year).

To find out more, visit the website at  Take the right cover for your trip and a holiday in New Zealand will not just have a nice ring about it but hopefully also become a reality.

Photo by Casey Horner.


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