New Zealand Visas and Documents
Almost everyone needs a passport to enter New Zealand. Every traveler is required to hold a valid passport for at least 3 months beyond the time you intend to stay in New Zealand. If you hold an Australian or New Zealand passport, your passport needs to be valid on arrival. Read the information below to find out what's required.
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 a current Australian resident return visa
- A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand (you can stay for up to three months)
- A UK citizen or passport holder
Visitors from certain countries do not require a visa for stays up to 3 months provided they can show the following:
- An onward return ticket to your home country or another country which you are allowed to enter.
- Sufficient funds for the length of your stay ($1000 per month)
- A passport that is still valid for at least three more months after your departure from New Zealand
A complete list of visa waiver countries can be found here Visa Waiver Countries
If you are from a country which is not in the visa waiver program, you will need to apply for a Visitor Visa.
You can apply from any New Zealand embassy or consulate.
For more information on how to apply and download the application forms, please visit the New Zealand immigration website
Visitor permits can be extended for up to nine months if you apply for further permits and meet the normal requirements.