5 Most Popular Types Of Insurance In NZ

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25 Mar 5 Most Popular Types Of Insurance In NZ

Life is full of uncertainty. And it’s impossible to plan for every eventuality. But if you’ve ever experienced life’s uncertainty, you’ll probably already know how important it is to be insured. Insurance cover can help reduce the financial impact you could face should the worst happen. If you’re unsure about which insurance you need to take out, here’s an explanation of five of the most popular types of insurance in New Zealand to help you decide.

1. Car Insurance

Depending on the level of cover you choose, car insurance can protect you against financial loss should you cause or be involved in an accident, cause damage to someone else’s property, or if your car is stolen or damaged by fire.

Although car insurance isn’t mandatory in New Zealand, most car owners choose some form of insurance cover for their vehicle. After all, losing a car through theft or an accident is not only a significant financial loss, it could also impact your earning ability if you’re unable to get to work.

When it comes to car insurance, there are generally three types of insurance cover:

  1. Third party car insurance is usually the most affordable car insurance, covering your legal liability should you cause an accident and damage someone else’s car or property. Any damage to your own car or property is not covered though. This type of car insurance is ideal if you have a low-value car and you’re willing to replace or repair the car at minimal cost.
  2. Third party, fire and theft is similar to third party car insurance, but it also covers your car for loss or damage by fire or theft.
  3. Comprehensive car insurance offers full protection with cover for accidental damage to your car and other cars and any property in an accident that you cause.


Working with an Insurance Adviser like those at Max Insurances, we can help you determine which type of cover would fit your needs best. And we can also offer advice around insurance cover for other types of vehicle, including boat insurance, caravan insurance, motorhome insurance, motorcycle insurance and classic car insurance.

2. House Insurance

As probably your most valuable asset, it makes sense to protect your home with house insurance, to cover events that are out of your control. Like an earthquake, fire, or a burst pipe that could cause extensive damage to your home. Also, most lenders require you to have house insurance in place when you apply for a home loan.

Whether it’s a repair or a rebuild, house insurance protects you from significant financial loss should something happen to your home. It can also cover things like:

  1. Temporary accommodation if you’re unable to live in your home while it’s being repaired or rebuilt.
  2. Clothes, furniture, electronics and personal items lost because of theft or damage.
  3. Your legal liability should you or a family member cause damage to someone else’s property, or if someone is injured in your home.


Insuring your home for the right amount is vital. An experienced Insurance Adviser like those at Max Insurances can help you compare house insurance policies to find the right cover for your needs.

3. Contents Insurance

No matter how careful you are, things can happen that are out of your control, sometimes damaging or destroying your personal possessions. With contents insurance, anything from clothing and jewellery to electronics and furniture can be repaired or replaced if they’re damaged or destroyed by insured events, which may include natural disasters, theft or fire, and accidental damage.

The cost of replacing the things you own can easily run into thousands of dollars. Contents insurance brings peace of mind, knowing that your things can be repaired or replaced without you having to foot the bill.

When it comes to choosing the right contents insurance, it’s a good idea to compare both price and level of insurance cover. An experienced Insurance Adviser like those at Max Insurances can help make this process easier, and ensure you have a thorough understanding of what’s covered and what’s not.

4. Renters or Landlord Insurance

Whether you’re a renter or a landlord, damage to rental property can end up costing you thousands of dollars. Having to pay for the cost of repairs or replacement can leave a significant hole in your budget.

Most landlords have insurance that covers the physical structure of their rental property, along with their own possessions inside the property. However, if you are a tenant, it’s worth bearing in mind that landlord insurance usually covers damage caused by tenants, loss of rental income and landlord liability, but these policies typically don’t cover tenants for any loss or damage to their own personal possessions inside the rental property-which is why renters insurance is useful for renters.

Renters insurance, also called tenants insurance, covers items inside the rental home, including things like mobile phone, electronics, furniture and clothing. It could also extend to personal belongings in the driveway, garage or a car. What’s more, renters insurance can also protect legal liability when it comes to loss, fire or any water damage you may accidentally cause to the property you’re renting.

Finding insurance cover that provides flexibility and good value – to suit renters or landlords-can be a challenge. With expert knowledge in a range of insurance products and access to a wide variety of insurers, Max Insurances can help you find the right insurance cover at the best price.

5. Travel Insurance

Whether you’re travelling near to home or far from home, changes to your travel plans, cancellations or illness can end up costing you in both time and money. When you need to change your holiday plans– or if your plans change because of events that are out of your control– travel insurance lets you get on with enjoying your holiday without worrying about the extra expense and unbudgeted costs that could result because of illness, loss or damage, cancellations or emergencies.

Travel insurance can also be used to pay for:

  1. Medical costs due to illness or accident: however, most standard policies may not cover pre-existing conditions and you may need to pay extra to get cover for that condition.
  2. Rebooking flights or accommodation when flights are disrupted.
  3. Returning home in an emergency situation.
  4. Luggage, credit cards or passports that may be lost or stolen while on holiday.
  5. Injuries to someone else or damage to someone’s property.


All your insurance needs under one umbrella

When it comes to insurance, there’s a lot to understand. Many insurance policies are written using complicated language and hard to understand terms and conditions. It can be challenging trying to compare insurance cover, pricing and exclusions. That’s why it makes sense to work with an experienced Insurance Adviser. At Max Insurances, we specialise in helping Kiwis arrange insurance NZ wide, and we are also there for you at claim time if need be.

Our team are experts at understanding insurance jargon, and we can help you understand it too. What’s more, we know that your needs are unique, so we work hard to find the right cover to fit your lifestyle and budget. For all your insurance needs, talk to us to get the right advice! Find out more about the types of insurance cover we can help you with, by getting in touch with our team today.

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