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Travel and transport

Whether you're trravelling down the road or across the globe, there are many travel and transport options for people with disabilities.

The Total Mobility Scheme

The Total Mobility scheme provides subsidised door-to-door transport services by taxi and specialist transport operators for people who, because of a permanent disability, cannot use regular public transport services.

For example, you may not be able to get onto a bus or train without assistance or have difficulty handling money or train tickets.

For more information, contact totalmobility@hbrc.govt.nz, visit www.transport.govt.nz, or call (06) 835 3015.

General tips for travelling

Weka – New Zealand's disability information website for disabled people, their families, whanau and caregivers, health professionals and disability information providers – provides a comprehensive guide to local, national and international travel which can be accessed by clicking here.

  • Find out what you can expect when you get to the airport, bus or train terminal – what services do they offer mobility-impaired passengers?
  • Once you’re at the airport, do some ‘schmoozing’ – developing good relationships with airport staff can really pay off
  • Ensure that you request seats on the airplane/train/bus that are in close proximity to the toilets; also ask for seats that are easy to access
  • Bear in mind that many airlines/travel operators require passengers requiring assistance to check-in a little bit early
  • Assertiveness is always helpful in when travelling, so don’t forget to pack lots of it
  • Research the transport options at your destination before you arrive, as accessible vehicles can sometimes be hard to come by!
  • Don’t rely on your travel agent to understand the nuances of ‘accessible travel’ unless they advertise themselves as specialists

Itinerary planning

Support provider Panacea has recently launched a New Zealand travel planner called the Travelability Itinerary Wizard.

The itinerary wizard helps plan a holiday for people with a disability, wheelchair users and their family and friends.

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