In New Zealand, healthcare is available to all citizens, residents and holders of a work visa of longer than two years, at the point they arrive in New Zealand.

If you are eligible under these criteria then any children you have, aged 17yrs or under, will also be eligible.

Visitors to New Zealand are advised to take out private health insurance unless the health services are required as a result of an accident or the visitor is a citizen or permanent resident of either Australia or Great Britain and require urgent medical treatment.

If you want to understand the full picture, the Emigration Store Guide to Healthcare in New Zealand will help you understand the benefits of private health care.