Passport holders of some countries and territories do not have to apply for a visa before they travel to New Zealand but must hold an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority).
Travel to New Zealand without first applying for a visa — if you are from a visa waiver country, a cruise ship passenger or a permanent resident of Australia.
Pass through Auckland International Airport as a transit passenger on the way to or from Australia.
Pass through Auckland International Airport as a transit passenger on the way to another country — if you are from a visa waiver or transit visa waiver country.
Get someone to help you with your NZeTA request — you will need to tell them about your criminal conviction history and whether you are seeking medical treatment in New Zealand.
From 1 October 2019, if you are from a visa waiver country you must hold an NZeTA before you travel.
Allow up to 72 hours for processing, but it could take as little as 10 minutes.
An NZeTA request costs $55.
You pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) at the same time as your NZeTA.
Stay up to 3 Months Per Visit
An NZeTA valid for 2-Years
If you plan to visit New Zealand for a short period, you must request an NZeTA before you travel if you:
are visiting for up to 3 months — or, if you are a British citizen, up to 6 months.
Approved NZeTA valid up to 2 years.
If you are flying into New Zealand to join your cruise, you must have:
an NZeTA if you are from a visa waiver country, or
a visa if you are from a country that requires a visa to visit New Zealand.
If you are passing through New Zealand on your way to another country, find out if you need a visa or an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority).
If you pass through New Zealand on your way to another country and do not plan to stay you are called a transit passenger.
As a transit passenger you can only travel through Auckland International Airport where you must stay in the transit area of the airport or on board your craft.
Depending on the passport you travel on you may need to request an NZeTA or apply for a Transit Visa before you travel.
If you plan to leave the airport and visit New Zealand you may have to apply for a visa before you travel.