VISA AND GENERAL INFORMATION
Having the right passport and visa organised is the key to a trouble free entry into New Zealand. Read more about New Zealand’s immigration requirements.
We enjoy welcoming visitors to New Zealand and we’d like to think that when you come here that you have an experience to remember – but for the right reasons. So if you’re coming to New Zealand, it’s a good idea to make sure you have everything ready.
When you arrive in New Zealand, you’ll need to be carrying a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date. Many people will qualify for visa-free entry, but depending on your country of origin, some will need to apply for a visa before they travel.
Do you need a visa or permit?
You do not need a visa or permit to visit New Zealand if you are:
A New Zealand/Australia citizen or Resident Permit holder
An Australian citizen travelling on an Australian passport
British citizen and or British passport holder who can produce evidence of the right to reside permanently in the UK (you can stay up to six months)
A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand (you can stay up to three months).
If you come from Visa-waiver countries, you don’t need a visa to enter New Zealand, but are still required to provide:
Travel tickets or evidence of onward travel arrangements
Evidence that you can support yourself in New Zealand (approximately NZ$1000 per month
From the 1st of January 2016 passengers arriving and departing New Zealand by air will be required to pay NZD $18.76 (excl. GST), and cruise ship passengers (excluding crew) will be charged NZD $22.80 (excl. GST). The charge will be collected by airlines and cruise operators when tickets are purchased.
Younger visitors might want to consider applying for a working holiday visa. And if you’d like to make New Zealand your long-term destination our Skilled Migrant Category offers you the opportunity to move, live and work here permanently.
If you are travelling to New Zealand via an Australian airport, you may also need an Australian visa – consult your travel agent or airline if you are unsure. Transit visas will also be needed for all people travelling via New Zealand, unless they are specifically exempted by immigration policy.
For everything you need to know about entering New Zealand, please visit Immigration New Zealand.
Moving to New Zealand permanently
Are you thinking about a permanent future in New Zealand? If so, the best place to start is by finding a job here. Many New Zealand businesses look to recruit skilled professionals from offshore, such as those profiled on Workhere. This site is dedicated to helping highly skilled migrants find their future in NewZealand and it also provides a useful insight into New Zealand industries.
You will need to complete a Passenger Arrival Card before passing through Customs Passport Control. A passenger arrival card will be given to you during your flight; if not, cards are available in the arrival area.
Customs prohibited and restricted goods, Biosecurity risk goods
After you’ve cleared passport control, you should collect your baggage and proceed through customs and biosecurity checks. In order to protect New Zealand and it’s environment, certain items are not allowed to be brought into the country, have restrictions for entry or must be declared if they are deemed to present a biosecurity risk. These include food, plants, animal products and outdoor recreational equipment.
Your baggage may be sniffed by a detector dog and/or x-rayed, and it may be searched to identify any risk goods you might be carrying.
To avoid penalties it is best to familiarise yourself with these guidelines prior to travel. For a detailed list of prohibited, restricted or declarable items, please visitMinistry for Primary Industries (biosecurity agency).
Allowances and duty free concessions
As a visitor to New Zealand you may be entitled to various concessions and duty free entries on some of your goods. If you are 17 years or older, you are entitled to allowances for alcohol, cigarettes and tobacco. For detailed information on allowances and duty free concessions, please visit New Zealand Customs.
Domestic pets may be brought into New Zealand but need to meet specific conditions. For information on bringing pets to New Zealand visit New Zealand Biosecurity.
New Zealand has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting our unique mix of Māori and European culture
Māori were the first to arrive in New Zealand, journeying in canoes from Hawaiki about 1,000 years ago. A Dutchman, Abel Tasman, was the first European to sight the country but it was the British who made New Zealand part of their empire.
In 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, an agreement between the British Crown and Maori. It established British law in New Zealand and is considered New Zealand’s founding document and an
important part of the country’s history. The building where the treaty was signed has been preserved and, today, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds are a popular attraction.
You’ll find amazing Māori historic sites and taonga (treasures) – as well as beautiful colonial-era buildings – dotted throughout the country. A walk around any New Zealand city today shows what a culturally diverse and fascinating country we have become.
Weather in New Zealand can change unexpectedly. Be prepared and understand what you can expect from different seasons below.
While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10°C (14°F) in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures.
The average New Zealand temperature decreases as you travel south. January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month of the year.
You can check on New Zealand weather conditions on the Met Service website.
Most places in New Zealand receive over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, with the sunniest areas – Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay and Nelson/Marlborough – receiving over 2,350 hours. As New Zealand observes daylight saving, during summer months daylight can last up until 9.30pm. New Zealand experiences relatively little air pollution compared to many other countries, which makes the UV rays in our sunlight very strong.
The sunlight here can quickly burn skin from September to April, especially between 10am and 4pm, even on cloudy days. Be ‘SunSmart’ by using these three simple steps when you go outdoors:
· Stay in the shade whenever possible
· Wear a shirt, hat and sunglasses
· Use SPF 30+ sunscreen. Reapply every 2 hours
New Zealand’s average rainfall is high and evenly spread throughout the year. Over the northern and central areas of New Zealand more rain falls in winter than in summer, whereas for much of the southern part of New Zealand, winter is the season of least rainfall. As well as producing areas of stunning native forest, the high rainfall makes New Zealand an ideal place for farming and horticulture.
Snow typically appears during the months of June through October, though cold snaps can occur outside these months. Most snow in New Zealand falls in the mountainous areas, like the Central Plateau in the north, and the Southern Alps in the south. It also falls heavily in inland Canterbury and Otago.
New Zealand’s unit of currency is the dollar (NZ$). All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand, with Visa and MasterCard accepted most widely.
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2 Jan Day after New Year's Day
23 Jan Wellington Anniversary Day
30 Jan Auckland Anniversary Day
30 Jan Nelson Anniversary Day
6 Feb Waitangi Day
13 Mar Taranaki Anniversary Day
20 Mar Otago Anniversary Day
14 Apr Good Friday
17 Apr Easter Monday
18 Apr Southland Anniversary Day
25 Apr ANZAC Day
5 Jun Queen's Birthday
25 Sep Canterbury (South) Anniversary Day
20 Oct Hawkes' Bay Anniversary Day
23 Oct Labour Day
30 Oct Marlborough Anniversary Day
17 Nov Canterbury Anniversary Day
27 Nov Chatham Islands Anniversary Day
4 Dec Westland Anniversary Day
25 Dec Christmas Day
26 Dec Boxing Day