* Our thanks to Tourism New Zealand for the following information - current as at January 2013
New Zealand law requires that every new building and major reconstruction provide ‘reasonable and adequate’ access for people with disabilities.
Accommodation for the Disabled
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.
Parking concessions are available for people with disabilities, and temporary display cards can be issued for the length of a visitor's stay. In order to obtain a New Zealand card, visitors should bring their home mobility card or medical certificate as proof of disability. Once in New Zealand, contact the NZCCS on 0800 227 225. Most parking areas have parks specifically allocated for the disabled.