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New Zealand Travel Information

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Comparable in size to Great Britain, New Zealand has a population of only 3.8 million - making it one of the world's least crowded countries.


New Zealand's spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiord and lush rainforests. It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as playground for thrill seekers and adventurers.


The north of New Zealand is subtropical and the south temperate. The warmest months are December, January and February, and the coldest June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20-30C and in winter between 10-15C.

Passports and Visas

All visitors to New Zealand must carry a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the date you intend to leave the country.

Visa Exemptions

You do not need a visa or permit to visit New Zealand if you are.

  • A New Zealand citizen or Resident Permit holder
  • An Australian citizen travelling on an Australian passport
  • An Australian resident with current Australian resident return visa
  • A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand

Visa Waivers

Currently travellers from more than 50 countries do not require a Visitors Visa for stays less than three months. You do require:

  • A passport that is valid for at least three months after your planned departure from New Zealand
  • An onward or return ticket to a country that you have permission to enter
  • Sufficient money to support yourself during your stay - approx. NZ$1000 per month per person

British citizens and other British passport holders who have evidence of the right to live permanently in the UK may be allowed to stay in New Zealand for up to six months.


There are strict laws prohibiting or restricting the entry of drugs, steroids, weapons, firearms, protected wildlife and associated products. If you are unsure about anything declare it to Customs upon arrival.

Tax Free/Duty Free

Visitors to New Zealand may purchase duty free goods, which are not subject to local taxes, from airport duty free shops on arrival and departure. Duty free stores in downtown Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch will deliver purchases to aircraft departure lounges.

Apart from your own personal effects, and as long as you are over 17 years of age, you are allowed the following duty-free concessions:

  • 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco or 50 cigars, or a mixture of all three weighing no more than 250 grams.
  • 4.5 litres of wine or beer (six 750ml bottles) and one 1125ml bottle of spirits, liqueur or other beverages.
  • Goods up to a total of NZ$700 are free of duty and tax, but goods in excess of this may attract both duty and tax.


Visitors bringing in a quantity of medication are advised to cary a doctor's certificate to avoid possible problems with New Zealand Customs. Doctor's prescriptions are needed to obtain certain drugs in New Zealand.

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