New Zealand law requires that every new building and major reconstruction provide ‘reasonable and adequate’ access for people with disabilities.
In New Zealand we have a national network of 80 i-SITE Visitor Information Centres which can offer advice on local attractions and activities to suit.
The website Be Accessible lists accessible sights/activities, retailers, accommodation and transport providers, and other services around the country.
Accommodation for the Disabled
All larger commercial accommodation provide rooms that suit people with limited mobility. B&Bs are not required to do this as there may be just one room in a home.
For specific, centralised information highlighting the accessible facilities provided at accommodation establishments throughout New Zealand visit www.accomobility.co.nz. The site lists hotels, motels and private bed and breakfast establishments offering basic to superior facilities.
Transport for the Disabled
Tour operators such as Accessible Kiwi Tours can provide accesible holiday packages for individuals and groups. Most transport operators do cater for people with special needs, but it is recommended to phone ahead to inform operators and check availability. Some urban transport buses are equipped to cater for the disabled, and they are marked outside of the bus.
Companies that offer cars with hand controls include Budget and Freedom Mobility. Booking ahead is recommended. More information on accessible transport is available on weka.net.nz.
Most parking areas have parks specifically allocated for the disabled. Parking concessions are available for people with disabilities, and temporary display cards can be issued for the length of a visitor's stay.
Disability parking permits issued in other countries do not automatically work in New Zealand. To obtain a New Zealand mobility parking permit, please bring your home mobility card or a medical certificate as proof of disability.
You can apply for a permit before travelling here through a charitable organisation called CCS or contact CCS from within New Zealand via their national toll free line 0800 227 225.