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Welcome to InsurancesafeNZ

Welcome to Whether you're travelling to study, work or simply explore the globe, it’s important to make sure that you have the right insurance cover in the event of unexpected loss or illness.

InsurancesafeNZ provides three different travel insurance policy categories: Studentsafe, Workersafe and Explorersafe. This means that if you’re travelling to New Zealand, travelling within New Zealand or temporarily leaving New Zealand, we have something to offer you. Use the Policy Finder to narrow your policy search and get a quote. Our website is also packed with great information on how to keep safe, how to make the most of your time abroad and how to understand your travel insurance policy better. If you need further assistance contact one of our friendly staff on our toll-free number 0800 486 004 (within NZ) or +64 9 488 1638 (outside of NZ).

Cover for your medical conditions

Cover for your medical conditions

Studying in New Zealand is an adventure of a lifetime, which is why a range of unexpected bumps and accidents are covered under Studentsafe policies.

But when it comes to certain medical conditions, you may not be automatically covered. That’s why it’s important to disclose any medical conditions you want cover for.

The term “Pre-existing Medical Conditions” is commonly used when applying for insurance. This refers to your medical history and the full definition can be found on

Handling Exam Season Stress

Medical costs for student visas

Medical costs for student visas

Being in good health is key to embarking on an exciting study adventure in New Zealand.

Anyone planning to study in New Zealand for more than three months is required to apply for a student visa.

When applying for a new or to renew a visa, you may need to provide New Zealand Immigration with medical information to demonstrate an acceptable level of health.

Studentsafe policies do not cover medical costs for your visa application.

Studentsafe policies are desig

Adding family members to your policy

Getting a health check? Check your cover

Getting a health check? Check your cover

Your wellbeing is important which is why Studentsafe provides cover for medical and related expenses.

But before you make an appointment for check-ups related to your health, it’s important to understand what is and isn’t covered under your policy.

Studentsafe does not provide cover for certain medical tests listed as Exclusions under Section 1: Medical and Related Expenses as set out below:

 9. Health screening, medical and dentals reviews or vaccinations.


Claiming for medication

Claiming for medication

Staying healthy plays a vital role in making the most of your study adventure. If you have been prescribed medication and are looking to make a claim, it’s important to understand what is and isn’t covered under your policy.

Just because a certain medication has been prescribed by your doctor, it does not mean that it is automatically covered.

Studentsafe does not provide cover for certain medical tests listed as Exclusions u

Managing stress, anxiety and depression

Managing stress, anxiety and depression

Keeping mentally well is important to make the most of your study adventure.

While studying away from home is an exciting life experience, there are times you may feel overwhelmed or experience loneliness, stress, anxiety and depression.

During these challenging times, it’s important to recognise the pressures you may be under, whether it’s adjusting to a new environment or the added load of assignments and exams.

If you need professional help, you can feel assured knowi

What To Expect At A New Zealand School

Taking care of your sexual health

Taking care of your sexual health

If you’re reading this article, you’ve already made a sensible choice. If you’re in a new relationship, or thinking about starting to date, it’s important to think about how you can ensure that you and your partner stay safe when you’re having a little extra ‘fun’.

So read on to learn more about what steps you should be taking to keep safe. The consequences can range from irritating to life-threatening – and that isn’t a gamble anyone should take.

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Navigating Kiwi Customs

Navigating Kiwi Customs

Any new culture will have customs that you will start to learn very quickly as soon as you arrive! To give you a head start on your time in New Zealand, we’ve got a few key bits of information about Kiwi culture – and a whole lot of detail about speaking like a local!

Knowing your left from your right

When you’re walking the streets of New Zealand – or even when you’re still at the airport and navigating escalators – it’s good to remember that we drive on the left, not the righ

The best ways to escape the Kiwi Winter

The best ways to escape the Kiwi Winter

Escape the Kiwi winter – discovering the Pacific and Australia

Unless you’re really into skiing, winter in New Zealand isn’t really the most exciting time of year. It’s not cold enough for there to be pretty snow falling in the cities, but it’s still cold enough that you don’t want to spend time outside unless you have to. Instead of snow, we mostly get rain and wind. It’s certainly not terrible – but it does give you a good excuse to go somewhere sunny if you have the time and budge

Kiwi Workplace Etiquette

Kiwi Workplace Etiquette

Adjusting to a new workplace comes with challenges wherever you are in the world – and if you're in a new country as well as a new workplace, those changes can be even more extreme. New Zealand culture is quite friendly and informal, and this extends to many workplaces. But it can be difficult at times to understand where the limit is – how casual is too casual and what will make you look unprofessional? How formal is too formal and what will make you look too unapproachable?

Some of

Dealing with anxiety

Dealing with anxiety

Everyone experiences periods of stress in certain situations – perhaps exams are coming up, or you’ve spent a little more than you intended to at dinner and pay day is still a couple of days away. That’s a normal part of life, and most of the time, it goes away fairly quickly when the source of the stress comes and goes. You pass your exam, you check your bank account and ther

Wellness for good work

Wellness for good work

A healthy worker is a more productive worker. It seems like an obvious statement to make, but in today’s working world, many workers feel that they have keep pushing and pushing to get results – even at the expense of their health and wellbeing. Workplaces need to be more supportive of their staff to make sure that they feel they are able to take time to get healthy if they are unwell, or to express their concerns if they are overburdened with stress.

Navigating New Zealand Airports

Socialising for Free in New Zealand

Socialising for Free in New Zealand

Ask any adult what their student years were like, and there will almost always be two things that everyone has in common – lots of fun, and hardly any money! But if you’re new to a city or even a country, it can be hard to know where to begin when it comes to finding social activities that you can do on a student budget.

To help you out, we’ve rounded up some of our top tips for free and cheap things to do in New Zealand’s main student cities and towns to get you started!


Finding Hidden Gems

Flatting on a Budget

Flatting on a Budget

Creating a rewarding lifestyle you can afford

There are always going to be some expenses when you’re moving to a new place – but there are plenty of ways to minimise the costs.

Flatting doesn’t have to be expensive. There are a number of ways you can set up a flat on a budget without losing out on quality and the occasional treat. To make sure that you get the best experience possible no matter what your income may be, we’ve brought together a few of our favourite tips and t

How to make friends

How to make friends

How to make new friends while you’re studying abroad

It’s natural to feel homesick and very far away from friends and family while overseas – but there are some easy ways to find new friends wherever you may be!

When you’re away from your family and community that feeling of homesickness can feel very overwhelming. Making friends and keeping busy are the easiest ways to prevent homesickness – but you need to put the effort in. If you sit at your computer looking over your soci

Peace of mind creates the best adventure

Peace of mind creates the best adventure

Making sure you return from holiday with great memories

Travelling can be a real adventure – but an important part of any overseas experience is making sure that you keep yourself safe while you’re exploring.

When you’re planning adventures overseas, there’s so much excitement that it can be easy to forget about the parts of travel that are a little less glamorous. Organising travel insurance may not be as thrilling as planning your routes and researching the major attraction

Perfect Packing

Finding a place to call home

From Study To Salary

From Study To Salary

Simplifying the start of your working life in New Zealand

In order to get the best start possible when it comes to working in New Zealand we have some advice from those who have done it themselves!

For many people, the shift from university study to the working world is one of the biggest changes they will ever experience. Life until that point is focused on formal education – sitting in class, doing homework, taking notes… and then all of a sudden, it’s time to step out into

Transitioning from study to work

Keeping Safe and Healthy

Keeping Safe and Healthy

Looking after yourself when you’re caught up in your new life

Knowing how best to look after your health and look out for your safety is key to travelling with peace of mind.

No matter where you go in the world, someone will tell you to keep safe and often there’s a good reason for it. When travelling or moving somewhere new it can be tempting to step outside of your comfort zone and give everything a go. While this is a great attitude it’s important to explore your new surrou

Keeping in touch

Keeping in touch

The best ways to stay in contact with those back home

While you’ll want to make new friends and connections while abroad, it’s really important not to forget about everyone back home.

Relocating to a new country for work is hugely exciting. Getting a new job and home and navigating new cultures, practices and languages is an immersive experience and can be incredibly consuming.

An “out with the old, in with the new” approach can be tempting – after all, you’re making a

Your Responsibilities

Everybody needs good neighbours

Learning a foreign language

Learning a foreign language

Tips for expat parents

When you arrive in a new country, exchanging a few words of conversation with a local can help you to feel settled. It’s a great way to get to know people, and a useful skill to have for your time abroad. Here, we take a look at how expats parents can prepare themselves and their children for this challenge and provide some tips for successfully mastering the local lingo.

In general, the younger your children are the easier it will be for them to pick u

Moving overseas with a pet

Moving overseas with a pet

For many of us, our pets are part of the family. For expats intending to move overseas with their pet, planning and research before the move is essential. It is crucial to ensure the welfare of your beloved pet during and after transit, and that regulation surrounding the importation and exportation of pets is complied with.

Before you go:

Research animal import regulations for your new country of residence, to determine what conditions must be met for your pet to be allowed en

Making your travel dollar go further

Making your travel dollar go further

Keeping things thrifty so you can concentrate on seeing the world

Travelling the world isn’t just for those who earn a significant salary. Here’s our advice on getting out there without spending the earth!

There’s an old saying “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer” and we wholeheartedly agree. Do you want to travel, but don’t have a lot of money? Don’t worry – while flights, accommodation and activities do add up, international travel on a budget can be easier than you may think.

Planning & scanning

Planning and scanning

Check the websites of travel companies and airlines frequently and follow as many as you can on social media. Many airlines and travel companies advertise great specials where you can get flights, accommodation and more at heavily reduced rates. However, these often arise at short notice, sell out quickly, or only allow potential customers a few days to claim a deal before it’s no longer available, so it’s worth checking in regularly.

If you have a particular destination in mind, find out when off-peak season is (the season in which people are less likely to travel to that particular area). Often, off-peak travel is much cheaper than booking during popular holiday seasons. The weather may not be as good, but you are likely to save a lot, meaning you’ll have more budget for food and activities. Travelling at off peak times also means that accommodation and activity providers need to compete more for business, as there are less people in need of their services. As a customer this puts you in a strong position as you are more likely to be able to negotiate competitive prices.

Once you’ve settled on a destination, it pays to book your accommodation and internal travel in advance, at least for the first few days after you arrive. In most countries, you will be able to arrange travel and accommodation as you go relatively easily, but having accommodation booked for when you arrive means you’re guaranteed somewhere safe to go when you land and won’t have to think about finding a bed for the night while navigating a new city, different language, local customs and jetlag.

Do your research and find a backpackers or hostel offering a good rate. Sites like TripAdvisor and Hostelworld are extremely valuable – you can compare prices, read user reviews and book accommodation and activities, all in one place. Many of these sites also have corresponding apps, which are invaluable for travellers on the go. Keep an eye out for places that offer free breakfast with each night booked. Many hostels and backpackers will offer some kind of breakfast, even if it’s just cereal and a hot drink to cater for hungry travellers. It may not be glamourous, but it’ll allow you to load up on free fuel to keep you going throughout the day, meaning you’ll have more to spend on lunch and dinner!

While perhaps not the most comfortable night you’ll spend away, travelling overnight on a sleeper train is also a great way to save accommodation costs. You won’t have to pay for a bed for the night and you’ll wake up at your next destination! Just make sure when booking that you select a train that has a proper dining carriage, so you can have dinner and breakfast too.

Smart snacking

Smart snacking

Many budget airlines like Jetstar and Virgin don’t include meals in their flights. Generally, food is easily available for purchase with a credit card while on flights, but it can be overpriced. If you don’t need comfort food, it’s worth excluding the airline food add-on, unless it’s free.

Most border control rules will allow food to leave the country, so long as it’s packaged. Depending on how long your flights are, you can often bring your own pre-packed snacks. Nuts are a great source of protein and will keep you nice and full for a long time. Individually wrapped snacks like muesli bars, beef jerky and rice crackers are also great ways to keep you going. These might not constitute a full meal, but on a flight you don’t expend much energy meaning you won’t need the same amount of food as you might ordinarily. Being prepared to rough it a little means you won’t need to buy expensive in-flight food.

One of the most important things to remember when flying is keeping hydrated. Planes are temperature and moisture controlled, meaning you can become dehydrated quickly if you don’t drink enough water. 

While most people will automatically pack a bottle of water in their carry-on luggage, getting it on to a plane can be difficult. Security requirements often mean water can’t be brought onto a plane from a flight lounge. The problem here is that most airports won’t allow water through their security gates either, meaning people will drain or throw out their bottles before going through security, expecting to be able to fill them up on the other side.

Every airport has different rules and there’s often no way of knowing where you will or will not be allowed water. Stay hydrated, but save yourself from buying new bottles each time by ensuring your water bottle is always empty when passing through security gates or boarding a plane. You can always find a drinking fountain or ask a flight attendant to fill your bottle up once you’re seated.

Gather memories, not things

Once you’ve made it to your destination it’s time to think about what you’d like to do while you’re there. Saving money while you’re travelling is great, but find a balance – don’t save so much that you don’t do anything! If you’ve gone to the effort of travelling to a different country, you may as well make the most of it.

It’s the amazing experiences you have while away that you’ll remember the most so we recommend setting aside a significant portion of your budget for activities and things to do. The more insight activities give you into the culture and history of a place, the better. Do some research and see if you can find fun, interesting things to do that really allow you a glimpse into the reality of life in your destination.

Googling your destination and “activities” is a great way to start – many cities will have a dedicated tourist information site with information on great things to do. Many cities, particularly in Europe, offer free walking tours around local attractions. These utilise the knowledge of local guides, giving you an insider’s perspective and allowing you to explore sites on foot, allowing you to see much more than tours by car or bus.

Gather memories

New Zealand ecommerce site GrabOne offers specials and two-for-one deals on local attractions and activities, as well as restaurant and dining specials. To claim deals, you will need to pay and book in advance, but it’s worth looking through what’s on offer to find fun, exciting activities for a reduced rate.

Gather memories

Know what it’s worth

Navigating foreign currency can be difficult, meaning it’s easy to misjudge the value of things while travelling. Some things may appear cheap, but once you calculate conversion rates, you may find that the price is not as good as you first thought. And while souvenirs are tempting, it’s worth considering what you’d actually pay for something of a similar nature back home.

To avoid shopping mishaps, familiarise yourself with the local currency and conversion rates for your home currency. For the first few days after you arrive, you may find it useful to carry a calculator or you can use a currency converter app.  XE is easy to use and offers currency conversion as well as live exchange rates. Once you load a currency into the app, it can also be used offline, which is helpful for travellers on the go.

After you’ve been in a country a few days and have become familiar with the currency used, you can then switch your thinking over to the local currency. Consider prices for food, activities, shopping and accommodation in terms of the local currency and compare and contrast prices that way rather than working out what things would cost in your home currency. Thinking like a local will help you to understand what things are worth and find better prices. It’s also a lot less confusing!

Familiarising yourself with shopping customs can also help you find better prices although this generally only applies to shopping for goods as opposed to travel, activities or food. In many Asian countries people bargain frequently and it will be expected that travellers do so too. Customs differ from region to region so again do a bit of research first. You can also talk to hostel or backpackers staff, tour guides or local people to get some insider info. As a rule goods displayed without a price attached are able to be bargained for, but those displayed with a price are generally fixed. Food, travel and accommodation prices are also generally fixed. If you are looking to bargain, be polite and offer a price that you would be realistically willing to pay. Research a few tips on how to bargain effectively and respectfully to help you prepare.

Travel opens the mind, delights the senses and creates lifelong memories, so it’s worth doing often, and well. Prioritise experiences over things and plan your time and budget in advance. With a bit of foresight, research and planning you’ll be able to get the most from your travel budget to allow you to go further for longer.