While in New Zealand, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation different from what they find in the United States. Every new building and major reconstruction in New Zealand must provide "reasonable and adequate" access for people with disabilities, but be aware that most buildings pre-date this requirement. Most facilities have wheelchair access. Some buses in towns and cities are equipped to cater to the disabled, but most public transport is not. If you are planning a holiday and need information on facilities for disabled people, please visit the Immigration of New Zealand’s website and the New Zealand Tourism website. Most transport operators can serve people with special needs, but it is a good idea to phone ahead to tell them in advance what your needs are.
Car parking allocated for individuals with a disability is available in New Zealand. We suggest you bring a letter from your medical provider, detailing your medical condition and your need for accessible parking on his or her professional letterhead.