International Visitors


Visas to New Zealand

Visas are a requirement for entry to New Zealand.  However, you do not need a visa or permit to visit New Zealand if you are:

  • A New Zealand/Australia citizen or Resident Permit holder
  • An Australian citizen travelling on an Australian passport
  • British citizen and or British passport holder who can produce evidence of the right to reside permanently in the UK (you can stay up to six months)
  • A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand (you can stay up to three months).

Visitor visas allow you to come to New Zealand for a holiday, sightseeing or adventure activity, or to visit friends and family. We also have some special visitor visas that allow short visits for other reasons, like to take part in a sports or music event, or for business reasons.

Note that Australian citizens and residents don’t usually need a visa to travel to New Zealand. But if you don’t meet our character requirements, you’ll need to apply for a visa before travelling to New Zealand.

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/options/visit

For what you can bring into New Zealand check the NZ Customs Service site - http://www.customs.govt.nz/inprivate/onyourarrival/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=immigration.govt.nz&utm_medium=referral

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Other Information

Banks

New Zealand banks are open from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Some are also during weekends. .Automated Teller Machines (ATM) are widely available at banks, along main shopping streets and in malls. International credit cards and ATM cards will work as long as they have a four-digit PIN encoded. Check with your bank before leaving home.

Tipping and Service Charges

Tipping in New Zealand is not obligatory - even in restaurants and bars. However, tipping for good service or kindness is at the discretion of the visitor. Hotels and restaurants in New Zealand do not add service charges to their bills.

Goods and Services Tax

All goods and services are subject to a 15 percent Goods and Services Tax (GST) included in the displayed price. Visitors cannot claim this tax back, however when a supplier ships a major purchase to a visitor's home address the GST will not be charged.

Swedish Rounding

Due to the discontinuation of 1c, 2c and 5c pieces, purchases made in New Zealand are subject to "rounding" of amounts either up or down. The Reserve Bank believes most retailers are adopting the Swedish Rounding System. Under this system prices, ending in 1 to 4 cents will be rounded down and prices ending in 6 to 9 cents will be rounded up.

For example, a purchase of $15.14 would be rounded down to $15.10, and a purchase of $15.16 would be rounded up to $15.20.

It is at the retailer’s discretion how they handle prices ending in 5 cents. 

Credit cards with "Smart Card" technology

Smart cards are payment cards that carry an embedded microchip allowing them to store encrypted, confidential information, and carry multiple applications from different industries alongside debit, credit, or prepaid payment applications. Please note these cards, which often have no magnetic strip, are generally accepted anywhere in New Zealand that has credit card facilities.