Visitors who do not require a visa
New Zealand operates a visa waiver programme where visitors from a number of countries can visit without a visa. These countries currently include the USA, the UK (permanent residents or citizens), Canada, Finland, Germany and a number of other countries in Europe, Asia and South America. A full list is available on the Immigration New Zealand website.
However, visitors from visa waiver countries must obtain an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) online, before they travel. Immigration NZ says this may take up to 72 hours.
People travelling on an Australian passport should not need a visa or an NZeTA.
Full details are on the Immigration New Zealand website’s About the NZeTA page.
Travelling with a visa
If you are a citizen of a country that is not part of the visa waiver programme, you will need to apply for a visa. The Explore Visitor Visa Options page on Immigration New Zealand’s website gives you full details on how to do that.
Please note, we cannot legally provide immigration advice, including relating to visas, that is tailored to an individual’s situation – only a licensed immigration advisor can do that. To learn more please visit the Immigration New Zealand page on regulations and licensing.
Official advice can be obtained from Immigration New Zealand.