How safe is New Zealand for travellers?
By International standards, New Zealand is a relatively safe and friendly
country in which to travel. However, like anywhere else, caution at night
should be exercised and keeping to the well lit areas of towns and cities
is a practical and common sense approach to take. If you wish to travel
some distance at night, a taxi would be a good safe option.
Do not leave valuables unattended and, if travelling by car/campervan
keep valuables out of sight when your vehicle is unattended.
Hitch hiking in New Zealand is becoming less popular but compared to many
countries, is still relatively safe. However, we would not recommend hitch
hiking on your own.
New Zealand is surrounded by water and has many beautiful sandy beaches
which make swimming and water sports a delight. This is especially true
on the east coast which, in general, is more sheltered and safer for swimming
(especially by keeping between the flags on beaches which are patrolled
by qualified Surf Life saver patrols). The West coast is part of the Tasman
Sea and this coastline is exposed to nature's elements. Strong currents
and rips are a fact of life here so caution when swimming or surfing (which
is usually very good on this coast) is required.