Keeping Safe - Information for Travellers
New Zealand is a very safe country for travellers. New Zealanders are renowned for being friendly and helpful, and compared to most countries in the world, there is very little serious crime here. However, as with any country, travellers should use common sense. We recommend that campers stay in holiday parks, DOC campgrounds and other designated camping spaces where possible. If you're camping in an isolated spot, it is a good idea to drive in backwards so you can drive out quickly if necessary. We recommend you do not leave camping equipment or other belongs unattended outside the campervan.
You can read guidelines on Keeping Safe in New Zealand here
. Some of the most important points are below.
- Be aware and take notice of your surroundings and who’s around when out walking or sight-seeing.
- If possible, go places with someone you know and trust.
- Avoid walking alone in isolated places late at night. Stay in well-lit areas where there are other people. Take a taxi or arrange for someone you know to pick you up.
- Don’t carry large amounts of cash or expensive jewellery with you. If you must carry valuable items, keep them close to your body.
- If using an ATM, only withdraw small amounts of cash - preferably during the day - shield your PIN number and be aware of people around you.
- If you are in a bar, avoid accepting drinks from strangers, and don't leave your drink unattended. Remember, alcohol and drugs can affect your judgement.
- Police do not recommend accepting rides from people you don't know.
- Carry a mobile phone with you and don’t hesitate to use New Zealand’s emergency phone number if you feel unsafe or threatened. New Zealand's emergency number is 111.
This information will help you enjoy your holiday and be safer as a visitor. It has been produced by the New Zealand Police, the tourism industry, the Ministry of Tourism, the Department of Conservation and the NZ Mountain Safety Council.