Visas & Immigration
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.
In order to protect New Zealand and its 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. You may risk a fine if you fail to comply
Airport to Auckland CBD
Major airlines offer direct flights to New Zealand from Australia, USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong (China), Singapore, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and Chile. Connecting flights from these countries link New Zealand with the rest of the world.
Most international flights arrive at Auckland Airport, located in the northern part of the North Island. Christchurch, Wellington, Rotorua, Queenstown and Dunedin airports also receive a small number of international flights. Find out more about New Zealand airports.
The Auckland International Airport is 20 kilometres south of the city centre. You can choose from the SkyBus, shuttle or taxi service from Auckland city to the airport. Both the domestic and international terminals have a dedicated rideshare area. You can get picked up or dropped off with rideshare services such as Uber, Ola, and Zoomy. Be sure to download the apps on your phone. Major rental car companies operate from both terminal buildings. Bookings are strongly recommended.
No vaccinations are required to visit New Zealand.
The weather varies throughout New Zealand by region and by season.
Currency & costs
The currency used is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD).
Internet & phone coverage
Staying connected in New Zealand is easy with a little forward planning.
New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).
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).
i-SITE New Zealand
i-SITE is New Zealand’s official visitor information network. There are currently 80 i-SITE locations found throughout New Zealand where you can speak to a travel expert for local knowledge and bookings throughout New Zealand.
Whether you are looking for places to stay, things to do or ways to get around, Qualmark – New Zealand tourism’s official quality assurance organisation – provides a trusted guide to quality travel experiences. When you see the Qualmark, it means that those businesses have been independently assessed against a set of national quality standards.