Covid-19 - yes it will end, so start planning your New Zealand self drive adventure now

During March 2020 the New Zealand Government introduced strict laws affecting travel to, from, and within New Zealand. And whilst it's not practical to travel here now, the good news is that these restrictions will not last forever.

So don't get caught in the rush. We encourage you to start planning now for your dream New Zealand holiday.

Our website has loads of great information to help you plan your New Zealand self drive holiday.

And of course if you have any questions, just ask us. Happy holiday planning

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New Zealand Visas and Passports

* Our thanks to Tourism New Zealand for the following information - current as at January 2013


Having the right passport and visa organised is the key to a trouble free entry into New Zealand.

We enjoy welcoming visitors to New Zealand and we’d like to think that when you come here that you have an experience to remember - but for the right reasons. So if you’re coming to New Zealand, it’s a good idea to make sure you have everything ready.

When you arrive in New Zealand, you’ll need to be carrying a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date. Many people will qualify for visa-free entry, but depending on your country of origin, some will need to apply for a visa before they travel. 

Do you need a visa or permit?

You do not need a visa to visit New Zealand if you are:

  • A New Zealand or Australian citizen or resident,
  • A UK citizen and/or passport holder (you can stay up to six months), or
  • A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand (you can stay up to three months).

If you don’t meet the above, then you’ll need a visitor visa, which allows you to holiday in New Zealand for up to nine months. The fastest and easiest way to apply for a visitor visa is online.

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 countries that need to apply for a New Zealand visa to enter, please be sure to apply for a visa in advance.

If you have a biometric ordinary passport (or electronic passport) and are over 12-years-old, you may be able to use New Zealand Customs eGate service. This allows you to complete your Customs and Immigration checks faster so you can get on with enjoying your visit to New Zealand.