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Columbus Direct travel insurance is a big name in travel insurance in New Zealand. They’ve covered over 15 million travellers worldwide, and are available in 45 countries.

Their office in Sydney serves New Zealand customers.

In this Columbus Direct travel insurance review for New Zealand, we talk about the good, the bad, and tell you how to find out more.

Advantages/The Good

You don’t need to be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident to get cover. Columbus Direct only requires that you have lived in New Zealand for the past three months.

If you change your mind, there’s a 19 day cooling-off period (as long as your trip hasn’t started and you haven’t lodged a claim).

Columbus Direct covers many pre-existing medical conditions, but you’ll need to fill out an online medical screening form.

The online quote system is easy to use, with simple clicks to add sports cover and other options.

Includes numerous adventure activities, and you can add more cover for others.

They have 24 hour, 7 day-a-week medical assistance.


You can’t make a claim online. However, you can claim by email, or fax or snail mail.

Overseas medical expenses & emergency repatriation cover ranges from $12.5 million to $20 million, but other companies offer unlimited.

Want to know more?

We hope you found our Columbus Direct New Zealand travel insurance review helpful!

If you’re interested in Columbus Direct’s policies, check out our articles on domestic travel insurance and comprehensive travel insurance in New Zealand.

How to Buy Columbus Direct Insurance

You can buy Columbus Direct travel insurance on the Columbus Direct website.

Looking for something else?

Check out our reviews of 1Cover Travel Insurance, World Nomads, Cover-More and Travel Insurance Direct.

Policies and coverage can change at any time, without warning. This article is only intended as general advice. Please check your own policy carefully and contact your travel insurance provider for up to date information.

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