Here at ClubMates Travel, we’ve got three full-supported trips coming up to New Zealand. And they’re all very different. So we thought this was a great opportunity to give you some insights about how accessible New Zealand is.
- Getting to and travelling around New Zealand, and
- Things to do
Traveling to and getting around New Zealand
Airports around New Zealand provide great accessibility with:
- doors wide enough for wheelchair access
- mobility car parks
- taxis and shuttles
- wheelchairs for your flights
We’ve found most airports have information about accessibility on their websites.
Air New Zealand also assist those needing help with travel. Our booking consultants work with the airline to make sure all passsngers’ acessibility needs are met. Learn more about this by visiting their Flying with a disability pages.
Public transport in New Zealand
Most public transport services in New Zealand claim to provide for wheelchair assistance, but this can vary depending on what mobility equipment you utilise. To learn more, you’ll need to visit the website of the service you’re after. It does take a bit of research to know exactly which services you can use, but our team does all that as part of the booking process.
Intercity national bus network
InterCity is New Zealand’s national bus network. This allows you to travel by bus between different regions of New Zealand. As their drivers travel alone, they do have some limitations regarding the level of assistance they are able to provide, and therefore passengers must be able to board and disembark the bus without assistance from the driver. On our supported tours, there is always a guide to assist passengers to embark and disembark vehicles and ensure any mobility needs are met.
Self-drive and mobility parking
A road trip is one of the best ways to see New Zealand. And there are specialist car rental companies that rent out accessible vehicles.
Mobility parking permits from overseas are not recognised everywhere in New Zealand. So it’s best to organise a visitor’s mobility parking permit before travelling to New Zealand.
Things to do
Accessible beaches and tracks
With over 15,000 km of coastline, there is no shortage of beautiful beaches to visit in New Zealand.
Are you feeling inspired to cross the ditch for a holiday?
If you are considering international travel for the first time, NZ is a great way to stretch your legs. It’s a welcoming and accessible country for people with special needs, but organising, booking and travelling without support can be daunting for many. And that’s where we come in. We’re one of the very few travel companies that provide fully-supported holidays for NDIS participants.
We’ve got three very different trips to New Zealand planned for the second half of 2023. Our trips leave from every city in Australia. And they’re a whole package solution that includes:
- accessible accommodation
- land transport
- a carer
Travel gives NDIS participants more choice and control over their lives. And it can help participants build confidence, independence and social connections.
Benefits of booking your travel through us include:
- we plan all of the trip for you, making it as stress-free as possible. This is regardless of whether you book one of our group trips or if we help you with an individual holiday
- having trained and caring support workers travel with you
- we’re an NDIS Registered Provider, helping you access funding for your dream travel experience.
Take a look at these upcoming trips to New Zealand. Each of them has something different to offer:
Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands is on the east coast of the far north of New Zealand. It’s a popular fishing and sailing spot that incorporates 144 islands.
Duration: 7 days
Departing: 30 October 2023
- a scenic road trip from Auckland to Paihia
- a cruise around the Bay of Islands
- visiting the largest island in the Bay of Islands
- a shopping trip
Find more about the trip by clicking here.
New Zealand to Australia Cruise
If you prefer cruising, why not fly to Auckland and cruise back to Australia? After a day in Auckland, cruise back to Australia while enjoying:
Duration: 8 days
Departing: 27 November 2023
- the stunning waters of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park
- a luxury ship where you can wine, dine and enjoy nightly cabaret shows
- playing ship trivia, singing karaoke or watching the latest movies
- the sun, swimming and watching the world go by.
Learn more about this cruise here.
North Island Culture
Arguably one of the country’s most iconic locations, check out the stunning landscapes of Rotorua:
Duration: 7 days
Departing: 13 March 2024
- the Hobbiton village featured in the ‘Lord of the Rings’
- learning more about New Zealand’s natural and military histories
- visiting a farm show at Agrodome
- cruising Lake Rotomahana
- enjoying the Maori Thermal Village and experiencing a traditional hangi.
Learn more about the trip here.
Want to know more about how to access NDIS funding for a supported travel experience?