New Zealand is a land of immense and diverse landscapes. You'll experience natural wonders and unique culture here that you won't find anywhere else in the world. Find out more about New Zealand here.
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Travelling to New Zealand is easy. For practical information and travel advice before you leave, click here.
New Zealand like many countries is taking a precautionary approach to the COVID-19 (as known as the novel coronavirus) outbreak until there is more certainty about the global spread of the infection.
Please check this page for further regular updates which will be posted as the global situation and government positions on international travel evolve and become clearer.
For specific coronavirus related immigration queries, please contact the Immigration Contact Centre on 0508 225 288 (within New Zealand) or +64 9 952 1679 (outside New Zealand).
A link to the official New Zealand Government information on travel to and from New Zealand can be found here.
New Zealand has a national biosecurity system that is considered one of the most robust in the world. Please click here for more information.
The weather varies throughout New Zealand by region and by season. The average high in Christchurch in October is 17°C and the average low is 6°C.
CURRENCY & COSTS
The currency used is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). Click here for more information.
New Zealand's electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts, and uses angled two or three pin plugs (the same as Australia and parts of Asia).
GOODS & SERVICES TAX
Goods and Services in New Zealand are subject to a 15% tax (GST). This tax is usually included in the price and if not, it is clearly stated. This tax cannot be claimed back by visitors, when leaving the country.
PASSPORTS, VISAS & ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORITY (ETA)
We enjoy welcoming visitors to New Zealand. To ensure you have an experience to remember, make sure you've done your homework and have everything sorted before you leave.
When you arrive, your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date, and if required, have a valid New Zealand visa.
From 1 October 2019, visitors from visa-waiver countries must request an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) prior to coming to New Zealand. You may also have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). For more information on the ETA and IVL, visit Immigration New Zealand.
Before travelling to New Zealand, you need to make sure your passport is valid for at least three months longer than your expected departure date. If you come from a country that needs a New Zealand visa to enter, please be sure to apply in advance.
You do not need a visa to visit New Zealand if you are:
- A New Zealand or Australian citizen or resident, or
- A UK citizen and/or passport holder (you can stay up to six months), or
- A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand (you can stay up to three months)
If you have a biometric ordinary passport (or electronic passport) and are over 12 years old, you may be able to use New Zealand Customs eGate service. This allows you to complete your Customs and Immigration checks faster so you can get on with enjoying your visit to New Zealand.
New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). Click here for more information.
It is strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance to cover the duration of your visit to New Zealand and to protect against cancellation charges, loss or damage to your luggage and personal effects, loss of cash and medical expenses.
No vaccinations are required to enter New Zealand.