From Cape Reinga in the north to Fjordland in the south, get the best of both islands with these travel insurance tips

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Essential travel insurance tips

Whether you’re bungee jumping in Christchurch or skiing in Queenstown, find out how and if World Nomads travel insurance policies can cover you. And, because New Zealand is the home of extreme sports, there are a few risky activities that we can’t cover you for, so we’ll go over those too.

Bungee jumping

As New Zealand is the commercial home to bungee, a lot of travellers visit knowing they’re going to try it. Under both the Standard and Explorer Plans, Canadian travellers are covered for emergency medical expenses when taking the plunge including: hospitalization, out-patient treatment and transport to the most appropriate hospital. If you’re seriously injured and need to be flown home for ongoing treatment, travel insurance covers that too. But once you’re home, coverage stops, so you’ll need your government healthcare plan to take care of any continuing costs.

Skiing and snowboarding

New Zealand’s slopes provide ample opportunity to hone your skills. Our plans cover skiing and ski boarding, though you may have to pay an additional premium. When you request a quote online, there’s a box where you can enter the activities you’re planning to participate in. You’ll get prompted if you need to buy a sports upgrade. You should be careful to get the correct level of coverage at the time of purchase, because you won’t be able to switch policies or upgrade once you’ve paid for it.

If you’re adhering to the policy terms and conditions and you tear an ACL or MCL, pop a knee, or are involved in any other injury as a result of skiing or snowboarding, your travel insurance may cover evacuation including ski patrol, hospitalization, out-patient treatment, and other medical expenses. You can read more about that here.

What’s not covered by travel insurance?

Some risky sports may not be covered. Go to our Help Centre article about covered sports and activities and check to see if your intended adventures are on the list. If you don’t see something, you can contact the customer service team to get clarification.

There are also general exclusions and limits to how you’re covered. If you expose yourself to a needless risk and do something ridiculous – like trying to ski a black run when you’re a beginner, going bungee jumping with an unlicensed provider, or participating in any activity that your policy doesn’t cover – then we’re not able to help you with any financial assistance.

This is only a summary of coverage and does not include the full terms and conditions of the policy.  It is important you read and understand your policy as it contains benefits, conditions, exclusions and pre-existing condition exclusions.  If you do not understand your coverage, of if you have questions about your coverage, just ask us.

Travel Insurance Benefits: how we can take care of you

Trip Cancellation

Protect your hard earned vacation from unexpected cancellation.

  • Explorer Plan: $5,000
  • Standard Plan: $2,500
Trip Protection
  • Unexpectedly hospitalized?
  • Travel buddy unfit to travel?
  • Close relative suddenly dies?

We’ve got your back.

Emergency Medical Insurance

Take the pain out of medical or dental costs.

  • Explorer Plan: $10 million
  • Standard Plan: $5 million
Emergency Medical Insurance
  • Need meds quick?
  • Accidentally injured?
  • Suddenly sick?

We’ve got your back.

Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation

We’ll get you to hospital or home quickly.

  • Explorer Plan: $500,000
  • Standard Plan: $500,000
Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation
  • Banged up abroad?
  • Need a hospital urgently?
  • Medevac home?

Help starts here.

Protect your gear

Covers the theft, damage or delay of your bags, tech and sports gear.

  • Explorer Plan: $3,000
  • Standard Plan: $1,000
Protect your gear
  • Passport or tech stolen?
  • Airline lost your gear?
  • Bags delayed?

Help starts here.

  • Emergency Medical Expenses
  • Emergency Dental for Injury or Sickness
  • Bedside Companion Travel and Subsistence
  • Emergency Professional Services
  • Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation
  • Return of Travel Companion/Dependent Children
  • Return to Your Trip Destination
  • Return of Remains
  • Travel Accident
  • Flight Accident
  • Trip Cancellation
  • Trip Interruption
  • Trip Delay
  • Baggage and Personal Effects Theft or Damage
  • Baggage and Sporting Equipment Delay
  • Travel Documents Theft or Damage
  • Sporting Equipment Theft or Loss by a Common Carrier
  • Covered Adventure Sports listed in Policy
Assistance Services Included
  • LiveTravelTM Emergency Assistance
  • Worldwide Travel Assistance
  • Adventure Travel Hotline
  • 24/7 Security
  • Travel Medical Assistance
  • Bag Trak
This is a general summary for Canadian residents only. It does not include all terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions of the travel insurance plans described. Coverage may not be available for residents of all provinces. Check the Travel Insurance Policy for full details.

24/7 emergency assistance

Whether you need medical or dental assistance or advice, emergency evacuation or travel assistance, our team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year before and during your trip.

Are you in need of emergency assistance right now?

Telephone +1 866 878 0192 (toll-free from Canada and the Continental U.S.) or +1 416 646 3723 (collect from anywhere else in the world)

Contact the team
Wherever you are, we’re here 24/7 to help you in any emergency.
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Aurelie Menard,
Emergency Assistance, World Nomads

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World Nomads Travel Insurance was reviewed on Trust Pilot on 16 December 2016 and rated 4 stars

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