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Overall, New Zealand has good cellphone coverage, with three major providers, Telecom, Vodafone and 2Degrees along with several smaller operators providing the digital service.
The short answer to that is yes. New Zealand has several major supermarket chains and produce markets with branches in most cities and townships spread the length and breadth of the country.
For all emergency services, 111 is the number to dial. The controller will ask you what service you require, Police, Fire, Ambulance. If you see a serious incident, a fire, accident or fear for your safety do not hesitate to dial 111.
The New Zealand wilderness is not to be taken lightly. We live in a beautiful country, but Mother Nature can be very harsh. Because we are a long narrow country surrounded by sea, we are subject to rapid weather changes.
New Zealand is no more dangerous than any other Western country and considerably less dangerous than a great many other nations. Common sense is the major factor in maintaining personal safety and the safety of your valued possessions.
While frowned upon as dangerous by many, hitchhiking is not illegal in New Zealand. Although, attempting to pick up a ride on a motorway is against the law. Many visitors and indeed local people hitch and enjoy doing so.
The rules for cyclists mirror those for the drivers of other vehicles. Cyclists should keep to the left and indicate turns and stopping maneuvers as should the drivers of all vehicles. Many New Zealand roads have dedicated cycle lanes on the extreme left of the road and cyclists are expected to ride in these lanes.
In New Zealand we drive on the left as in the UK and Australia. This of course may take some getting used to. One important thing to remember, and it is something unique to New Zealand, is that we give way to our right.
Because of the thoughtless actions of many campers, including those using campervans, the dumping of human waste and garbage, often near our waterways, is becoming a national issue. Unless the proper disposal facilities are utilised, freedom camping may soon become illegal, and that would be a great pity.
Freedom camping or free camping is ‘still’ legal in New Zealand. However, because of the thoughtless actions of many campers, including those using campervans, the dumping of human waste and garbage, often near our waterways, is becoming a national issue.
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