AUSSIES SAY ‘KIA ORA’ TO NZ SKI SLOPES THIS WINTER

Comparison between Trans-Tasman rivals find New Zealand on top for skiing destinations

As skiers across the country continue to embrace the 2019 winter ski season, Allianz has revealed that when it comes to hitting the slopes, Aussie travellers are five times more likely to pick neighbouring rival New Zealand over Australia.[1]Kiwi mountainsides, such as Whakapapa and Treble Cone are among the most popular destinations.

Despite this, a recent Allianz study has also shown almost a third of Australians wouldn’t purchase travel insurance when heading to New Zealand, with those under 25 the generation least likely to purchase.[2] What’s more, men are overall 7% less likely to organise travel insurance than women.2 

Aimee McGuinness, Chief Underwriting Officer for Allianz Partners, comments: “New Zealand continues to be a popular destination for Aussie skiers thanks to its picture perfect views, smooth slopes and world-class snow facilities. With more people choosing to head for the ski-slopes offshore, we’re encouraging travellers to ensure they’re prepared for alpine adventures by purchasing the right policy for their snow activities. .”

During the July-September period last year, Allianz received over 4,000 claims for ski-related incidents in New Zealand, helping Australian snowboarders and skiers with over $670,000 in medical expenses incurred through skiing. In 2018, Allianz travel insurance saved one high-flying snowboarder over $16,000.[3]

“Whilst reciprocal health arrangements are available for Australian travellers in New Zealand, these aren’t a cover-all. Comprehensive Travel Insurance is still an essential packing item for any Aussie heading over the Tasman,” McGuinness adds. 

McGuinness concludes: “For travellers keen to strap on skis this winter, ensuring adequate coverage for a skiing holiday is just as important as aiming for great powder on the slopes. Skiing holidays can often be derailed by incidents such as emergency rescues, equipment mishaps, piste closure and inclement weather, so it’s essential to be prepared.”

Whether travellers are planning a New Zealand or domestic skiing holiday this snow season, Allianz is encouraging Australian travellers to consider the benefits of a Snow Pack add-on to their normal travel insurance, and to always read the Product Disclosure Statement for full details, terms and conditions.


Source:
[1] Figures provided based on Allianz travel insurance data.
[2] An independent study of 1000 Australians by McCrindle Research for Allianz in June 2019.
[3] Allianz Travel Insurance paid claims data. Allianz Global Assistance is part of the global Allianz Group.