Health & Safety tips!
New Zealand is a relatively safe destination so vaccinations are not required in order to enter the country. If you’re really worried about health when travelling, there are a few vaccinations you could consider. The WHO recommends that all travellers should be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox and polio, as well as hepatitis A and B, regardless of their destination.
Jet lag & motion sickness
Jet lag is a common problem when crossing more than five time zones, and it results in insomnia, fatigue, malaise or nausea. To avoid jet lag, try drinking plenty of (nonalcoholic) fluids and eating light meals. On arrival, get loads of sunlight and adjust your schedule (for meals, sleep etc) as soon as possible. Antihistamines such as dimenhydrinate and meclizine are usually the first choice for treating motion sickness. Their main side effect is drowsiness. A herbal alternative is ginger, which works like a charm for some people.
Unlike its neighbour Australia; New Zealand doesn’t have many poisonous animals. It is a very peaceful place and you will find that pretty much the only “deadly” animal is a bee (when allergic). This means you can enjoy wildlife walks without having to worry about snakes, spiders etc! There are sharks in New Zealand waters, however in much smaller numbers than Australia plus shark attacks are very rare.
Heat exhaustion & heatstroke
During the summer months of Dec – Feb, New Zealand can experience very hot weather. When arriving from a temperate or cold climate, remember that it takes two weeks for acclimatisation to occur. Before the body is acclimatised, an excessive amount of salt is lost in perspiration, so increasing the salt in your diet is essential.