Sun Safety

Though strange to think for many visitors, sunshine is one of our greatest safety hazards in New Zealand. The famous depletion of the ozone layer over the Antarctic, thanks to spray cans and refrigerants, means that New Zealand sunlight contains a higher level of ultraviolet radiation than elsewhere. As such, it burns unprotected skin quickly, and prolonged exposure can cause cancer. Luckily, it’s easy to stay protected if you Slip, Slop, Slap, and Wrap:

Slip – Slip on a shirt to cover bare shoulders, and slip into the shade of a tree in intense sunlight.

Slop – Slop on a generous portion of broad-spectrum sunscreen, at least 30 SPF. Use water-resistant sunscreen when enjoying water sports, with reef-safe options becoming more available for ocean swimming.

Slap – Slap on a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and neck.

Wrap – Wrap a pair of sunglasses (or, as we call them, sunnies) around your eyes to avoid eye damage.

Know the risks – sunburn can occur between 9am and 6pm during the summer and can take less than 10 minutes in the middle of a summer day.