When visiting the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island, you are inevitably going to visit a selection of the country’s most natural, unspoilt beaches. Set against an awe-inspiring backdrop of grand cliffs, adorned with lush flora, the area harbours an ambience of seclusion, yet is only one hour away from the city centre.
Slips, trips and falls in craggy settings are somewhat inevitable, but the risk of suffering an accident on holiday can be minimised by ensuring you stay safe on New Zealand’s beaches, especially when swimming. The last thing on your mind should be the thought of processing a claim for travel accident compensation on your return to the UK.
Are the beaches on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island safe?
Although they are not the typical ‘tourist’ beaches you would expect to find on a New Zealand postcard, the beaches in this area enable the traveller to experience authentic New Zealand coastlines. With that in mind, it is likely you will want to bypass any accidents on holiday by sticking to swimming safely in the local waters.
It is advisable to visit these beaches during the day, when your vision is clear, to avoid any collisions with rocks or cliff sides, while in the water. Stay close to the shoreline and find your way to land before nightfall to minimise the risk of accidents in the water after nightfall.
The west coast of New Zealand’s North Island is renowned for its extraordinary current, which creates shifting undertow and rips. Before you jump into the tropical waters, be sure you are in a designated ‘safe area’ marked with surf patrol flags.
Never take to the waters after drinking alcohol.
Claiming compensation for an accident abroad
If you have been involved in an accident abroad, through no fault of your own, you may want to seek advice regarding your eligibility to claim travel accident compensation.
The legalities surrounding claiming for injuries and illnesses sustained abroad can be complex, so it is best to speak with our specialists at Accident Advice Helpline, who can help you determine whether or not it is worth pursuing your claim.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for a free initial consultation regarding your accident abroad, and allow Accident Advice Helpline to assist you in fighting for the compensation you are entitled to for the distress you have experienced.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice