14 Oct 2013

New Zealand warns tourists on Pacific cyclone season for first time

6:43 am on 14 October 2013

New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs is asking people travelling to the South Pacific to register their details on the Ministry's SafeTravel website as the cyclone season approaches.

The Pacific cyclone season runs from 1 November to 30 April, with an average of nine tropical cyclones per season.

Last season saw six cyclones in the Pacific, including Tropical Cyclone Evan, which caused significant damage to parts of Samoa and Fiji in December.

The Ministry's Consular division's director, Lyndal Walker, says people need to be aware there is a cyclone season and it does have the potential to impact on the Pacific

"We are not telling people not to travel to the Pacific, what we are advising is that people need to be prepared which includes making sure if you have travel insurance and registering with us on SafeTravel."

Lyndal Walker says this is the first time the Ministry has made such a request.