Go Well: Preparing for summer

Here are some tips on how you can stay healthy and 'Go Well' this summer.

Managing heat and the sun

This summer will be hot, hot, hot. So be prepared and look out for those who are more likely to be affected by the heat, including older whānau.

  • Plan ahead — check the forecast daily.
  • Drink plenty of water, and have water available throughout the day.
  • Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, find shade wherever possible.
  • When outside, wear high-SPF sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and loose clothing that covers your skin. 
  • Cars can get very hot in the sun. Please do not leave your tamariki or pets in them without someone else who can make sure they stay cool.
  • Exercise or do outdoor activities early in the morning, or later in the evening. 

Sun safety — Healthify (external link)

Get ready

Opening hours of doctors, hauora providers, and community pharmacies may change over the summer period. Be sure to get in touch early if there is anything you need over the holidays, including:

  • regular medication and prescriptions
  • RATs and masks
  • a COVID booster (if you are eligible)
  • a measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine
  • basics you may need over the break, like paracetomol and first aid supplies.
This is a busy season for doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare workers, so please be kind.

If you are away from home, you can find local GPs and pharmacies on the Healthpoint website. 

Healthpoint (external link)

Find out if you are eligible for free antiviral medicines in case you catch COVID. You may need to get a prescription organised in advance.

COVID-19 antiviral medicines

Be relaxed and vaxxed this summer

COVID is still a risk this summer

COVID is still in our communities and many people are getting sick. If you have cold, flu or COVID symptoms, stay at home and take a rapid antigen test (RAT). 

If you test positive

  • Stay at home and try to stay away from others in your household. It is recommended you isolate for at least 5 days, even if you only have mild symptoms.
  • Report your RAT result in My Health Record so you can get the help and support you might need. 
  • Wear a mask if you have to leave the house during these 5 days. 
  • Do not visit a healthcare facility, except to access medical care.


If you are travelling or live rurally

Health services and pharmacies may be limited, particularly in remote areas. Have on hand:

  • regular medication and prescriptions
  • plenty of sunblock
  • a first aid kit
  • a thermometer
  • pain relief
  • RATs
  • masks
  • hand sanitiser
  • insect repellent.

If you are travelling overseas

Healthcare support

For free medical advice 24/7, 365 days a year, call Healthline on 0800 611 116. This is especially important if you do not have access to your doctor or healthcare provider, or if you are unsure if you should go to hospital.

Interpreter support and Māori clinicians are available. Save the Healthline number to your phone so it is handy if you need it. 

In an emergency, or life-threatening situation, call 111 or go directly to your closest hospital emergency department.

There are many ways you can get the right care and advice for you and your whānau when you feel unwell, have an injury or a health concern. Not sure who to contact? Check out our page to find different healthcare options.

Find the right healthcare for you and your your whānau

Mental health support

Be sunsmart

Heading to events?

Whether you are heading to a festival or having a BBQ at home this summer, there are ways to protect yourself so you can enjoy your time and not get sick.

  • Wear sunblock, a hat, some loose clothing to cover your skin and sunnies to protect your eyes.
  • Drink water. It seems simple, but is extremely effective. You can still have fun and stay hydrated at the same time.
  • Eat kai! Events are about sharing and celebrating good times, and good food is a big part of that.

Enjoy your summer, have fun, and stay healthy.