Travel Information

Travelling to Aotearoa New Zealand is easy. For practical information and travel advice before you leave, click here:

Before travelling to a country, you need to know the basic facts.

Aotearoa New Zealand is a small country, similar in size to Great Britain or Japan. With a population of just over 4 million people it is gloriously uncrowded.

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Passports & Visas

When you arrive, you’ll need to ensure your passport is valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date, and if required, have a valid New Zealand visa.

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

  • A New Zealand or Australian citizen or resident, or
  • 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 Aotearoa New Zealand (you can stay up to three months)

If you don’t meet the criteria above, then you will need to apply for a Visitor Visa:


Aotearoa New Zealand accommodation options are diverse, with something to suit every level of comfort and budget:


In order to protect Aotearoa New Zealand and its environment, certain items are not allowed to be brought into the country, have restrictions for entry, or must be declared if they are deemed to present a biosecurity risk. These include food, plants, animal products and outdoor recreational equipment. You may risk a fine if you fail to comply.

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No vaccinations are required to visit Aotearoa New Zealand.


The weather varies throughout Aotearoa New Zealand by region and by season.

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Currency & costs

The currency used is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD).

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Internet & phone coverage

Staying connected in Aotearoa New Zealand is easy with a little forward planning.

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New Zealand’s electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts, and uses angled two or three pin plugs (the same as Australia and parts of Asia).

Time zone

Aotearoa New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

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Smartphone app

The free Essential New Zealand travel app from Tourism New Zealand is available from the App Store and Google Play. Access up-to-date information about hundreds of selected travel experiences while you’re in Aotearoa New Zealand without the need for an internet connection. Find out more here:


Whether you are looking for places to stay, things to do or ways to get around, Qualmark – New Zealand Tourism’s official quality assurance organisation – provides a trusted guide to quality travel experiences. When you see the Qualmark, it means that those businesses have been independently assessed against a set of national quality standards.

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i-SITE New Zealand

i-SITE is Aotearoa New Zealand’s official visitor information network. There are currently 80 i-SITE locations found throughout Aotearoa New Zealand where you can speak to a travel expert for local knowledge and bookings throughout New Zealand.

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