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Welcome to InsurancesafeNZ

Welcome to Insurancesafenz.com. Whether you're travelling to study, work or simply explore the globe, it’s important to make sure that you have the right level of insurance cover to protect you 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).

Handling Exam Season Stress

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.

Visiting Europe from New Zealand

Visiting Europe from New Zealand

If you’ve spent a while in New Zealand, you might be feeling like it’s time to try somewhere else for a little holiday. Rather than just heading home, or visiting somewhere close by, why not make it a real adventure and trek to the other side of the world – Europe?

Seasonal planning

Some people chase summer, avoiding the colder months of the year. Other people – mostly skiers and snowboarders – will go anywhere in the world there’s snow. Pick your time of year depending on wha

What To Expect At A New Zealand School

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!

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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

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.

STI protection

What

Perfect Packing

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

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

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

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

Finding Hidden Gems

Navigating New Zealand Airports

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

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

Everybody needs good neighbours

Keeping Things Honest

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

Visiting Europe from New Zealand

If you’ve spent a while in New Zealand, you might be feeling like it’s time to try somewhere else for a little holiday. Rather than just heading home, or visiting somewhere close by, why not make it a real adventure and trek to the other side of the world – Europe?

Seasonal planning

Some people chase summer, avoiding the colder months of the year. Other people – mostly skiers and snowboarders – will go anywhere in the world there’s snow. Pick your time of year depending on what kind of traveller you are.

If you’ve learned to snowboard on Mount Ruapehu or down at Cardrona or Coronet Peak, you might be keen to keep practising your new skills. But New Zealand’s snow season is only from June until September at best – and there are only so many times you can go to Snow Planet before you get tired of the indoor environment.

Or if you feel like summer ended too quickly, or you worked all through the Christmas holidays without a chance to enjoy the sun, perhaps you need a mid-winter escape to the Northern Hemisphere, where it’s the height of summer.

But if you just don’t really mind and your schedule is flexible, stick with any time other than the European summer. You’ll save money, since accommodation and travel prices should be lower and it won’t be nearly so full of other tourists, so you can take the time to enjoy yourself – and maybe not have wait behind such a huge crowd to see things like the Mona Lisa if you like visiting galleries!


Language barriers

If you are fairly confident in your English abilities, you will have quite a lot of options wherever you go. Most European cities will have plenty of English language support for tourists, even if the local people don’t speak much of the language. Of course, if you want to guarantee that you’ll be speaking to people who speak English, the United Kingdom is the best place to go – although do remember that some parts of the country do have very strong accents, so be aware of that before you arrive!


In some places like the Netherlands and a lot of Scandinavia, many people will speak fluent English – although everyone will appreciate it if you put some effort into learning a few phrases in the local language. Most of the time they will realise that you aren’t a native speaker and will switch to English. This isn’t always the case in other parts of Europe, where you may need to learn a few extra phrases, or perhaps bring a language guidebook with you. Usually, if you have a guidebook, a friendly person who is willing to help and you both take it slow, you will get the answer you need. Don’t forget to learn how to say thank you in the local language!

CROATIAN – hvala (HVAH-lah)

CZECH – děkuji (Dyekooyih)

DANISH – tak (tahg)

DUTCH – dank u

FINNISH – kiitos (KEE-tohss)

FRENCH – merci

GERMAN – danke

GREEK – ευχαριστώ (ef-hah-rees-TOH)

ICELANDIC – takk (tahk)

ITALIAN – grazie (GRAHT-tsyeh)

NORWEGIAN – takk

POLISH – dziękuję (Jenkoo-yen)

PORTUGUESE – obrigado oh-bree-GAH-doo

RUSSIAN – спасибо (spuh-SEE-buh)

SPANISH – gracias (GRAH-syahs)

SWEDISH – tack

WELSH – diolch (DEE-ol’ch)

What do you want from your trip?

What’s your idea of a perfect trip? Visiting museums and galleries? Eating delicious food every day? Climbing mountains? Lying on beaches? We all have different interests when we’re travelling, and different places in Europe will be better than others depending on your interests.

If you’re interested in culture and history, it’s almost hard to find somewhere that won’t be suitable! But classic cities like Paris and Rome will be full of just the kind of magic you’re looking for. You can gaze at priceless paintings and walk through ancient ruins – it’s your high school history textbooks come to life!


If food is your great love, again, there is so much to try! Don’t be afraid to try somewhere a bit different – some of the Balkan states have incredible cuisine, with similarities to food from Greece, Turkey and other parts of the Mediterranean, as well as influences from their northern neighbours in eastern Europe. Or stay with the classics and spend your days eating tapas in Barcelona, pasta in Rome and pastries in Paris… hungry yet?

If it is mountains that interest you – climbing them or skiing down them – the Alps are the place to be, whether you’re in France, Switzerland or Austria. Chamonix is a beautiful resort town in France, while Zermatt sits below the mighty Matterhorn in Switzerland.

If you just want to get to know the beaches of the other side of the world, Spain is going to be a top choice, especially if you’re heading over in the ‘winter’. Winter is a strong word for what you can enjoy on the Costa del Sol or Costa Blanca, where the weather is warm and welcoming all year around.

And if you want to explore as many different places as possible, you’ll want to get a Eurail pass. Depending on how much time you have and how far you’re planning on going, you can choose between a one country pass to, a ‘Select’ pass (where you choose 2,3 or 4 bordering countries to travel around) or if you have plenty of time and a desire to see as much as possible, the ‘Global’ pass will allow you to explore up to 28 different European countries. Could you even name 28 European countries without looking them up?


Finding a balance

It can be hard to know who to listen to – the people saying to avoid the ‘tourist traps’ and instead go off the beaten track… or the people saying that you have to see those things!

There’s no reason you can’t manage both. Think about the places that are most famous, that you most want to see – and make sure to allow time for them. That might mean riding the London Eye, or going up the Eiffel Tower or travelling out to Pisa to pretend to hold up the Leaning Tower. But make sure you allow enough time to do other things too – whether that’s having a morning to explore a cool neighbourhood, try the local food, or take some time to go shopping, or just knowing that you’ve got enough time to take a nap between activities!


You’ll have much more fun if you allow yourself some breathing room. Sometimes, that might come at the expense of visiting every single landmark – but you’ll have better, clearer memories of the special places you did visit, rather than a blur of a week where you can’t quite remember what activity came first.

Understanding the EU and Schengen

One really useful thing about traveling in Europe is that most countries make it really easy to travel to neighbouring countries. But it can be a bit hard to understand the rules – since not all European countries are members of the EU… and not all EU members are part of the Schengen agreement, which allows free passage between countries with no border checks. Some countries in the Schengen agreement aren’t even part of the EU!

It’s all quite confusing. You can use the euro for payment in: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain.

Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom are all part of the EU (at present) but don’t accept the euro. Andorra, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino and Vatican City are not members of the EU, but they do use the euro.


When it comes to the Schengen area, most EU countries are part of it – except for Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, and the UK. And like with the euro, there are some countries that are not part of the EU, but are part of the Schengen area – in this case, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

So make sure you know where you are planning on going beforehand, so you know whether or not you will be okay to just have a Tourist/Visitor Schengen Visa, or if you will require different visas for different countries outside of the agreement area.

Staying in touch

Depending on where you’re going and for how long, you might be able to just use a roaming pack on your cellphone – but if you’re going to be away for a while or you’re in a slightly unusual country, it might be worth buying a local sim card to use while you’re away. Be sure to tell people back home that you’ll be changing to a different sim, though – you don’t want people to be unable to contact you in an emergency and not know why their calls aren’t going through. As soon as the new sim is in your phone, send a text to the people who are most likely to get in contact with you so they know how to reach you while you’re away.


Have fun

The most important thing to remember is to have fun! Not everyone has the budget for a big international trip, so make the most of your time abroad and create some amazing memories for you to think back on and that you can share with friends and family when you get back to New Zealand or to your home country. Now get out there and have an amazing adventure!