In a world where aging is associated with slowing down and retreating to sedentariness, we are here to convince you to seek out travel adventures that have been repeatedly back-benched due to work, responsibilities, family, and every other excuse under the sun! One such place to surrender your worries and truly absorb the best of our Big Blue is none other than New Zealand!
While the country is typically known to magnetize adventure junkies and young backpackers, its accessibility extends to all age groups, especially the 50 pluses. “God’s own country”, as it is also known as, New Zealand manages to amass an incredible number of natural havens for its size. From the North Island to the South, divided by the Cook Strait, the country is abounding in volcanoes, springs, geysers, mountain ranges, water bodies, and warm, friendly inhabitants. Here, discover the tranquility and repose that you crave in your latter decades. New Zealand is the perfect place to retire and rediscover an appreciation for our mesmerizing planet and its people.
The country’s small size, diverse accessibility to every nook and cranny, easy-going vibe, and gregarious, respectful culture are some of many factors justifying its allure to senior citizens. Once you overcome the hurdle of an arduous plane journey, travel within the country, even from one island to another, is not only a simple commute but an enthralling treat for the senses! A family visit, anniversary celebration, or retirement dream, New Zealand’s atmosphere of utmost respect and gratitude awaits you.
The North Island maintains a hospitable climate all year round, especially in the summer season, inviting travelers to its various beaches! While the South Island is subject to harsher temperatures, the summer season from November to February offers beautiful opportunities for outdoor adventures.
Senior citizen benefits: The Kiwis maintain exceptional respect of culture towards their elderly population. With a quarter of the population above the age of sixty, a multitude of benefits and care serve to ensure their wellbeing.
Visa: New Zealand’s Parent and Grandparent visa is an easily obtainable, multiple-entry visa granting a maximum 18-month stay to parents and grandparents of New Zealand residents!
Discounts: Several retail stores, grocery stores and transport companies provide senior citizen discounts within the country. Don’t hesitate to enquire at popular grocery chains such as New World and Foursquare; most often they’d be happy to grant you available senior discounts! The same applies to many local clothing brands offering 10%-25% on purchases by seniors. Train tickets and InterCity and Newmans bus tickets are sold at reduced rates for students and senior citizens too!
Disability services: Most public transport facilities, malls, stores, and accommodations – hotels, Airbnbs, and hostels are equipped with disability services, enabling senior citizens to live and commute with ease. Programs such as the Total Mobility schemes also subsidize taxi fares for those unable to utilize public transportation
Accessibility: Age-friendly senior playgrounds, walking trails, and cycling routes are distributed around most major cities and towns, providing impetus for physical activity and a sense of community – paramount to the Kiwi culture!
Insurance: Picking a wise Insurance plan is especially key, accounting for any unprecedented injuries or illnesses. Insurance companies in your home country are certain to provide plans customized towards senior citizens with subsidized rates and high benefits. Further the New Zealand healthcare system’s Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) lends a hand to senior travelers in the case of accidents and unforeseen circumstances.
Safety: Among Kiwis, fret never! The country is incredibly safe, inhabiting warm, friendly and helpful residents. So much so that the 2017 Global Peace Index ranked New Zealand the 2nd safest country in the world. Amongst a culture of honesty, utmost trust – so much so that kiwis in rural areas often leave their cars and homes unlocked! And relaxation, there’s no reason to worry.
So, what are some suitable, age-friendly ways to experience the land?
The country really does have it all. Choose between the North Island, a treasure chest of geothermal sites and an exposure to the Māori culture, or the South Island, generally a preference of the adventurous explorer!
New Zealand is a senior citizen’s paradise in more ways than one. We would love to help you plan a holiday of a lifetime to New Zealand. Allow us to present the many special New Zealand packages and deals, and you could choose the one that suits you the most.