Travel to New Zealand

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Travelling to Aotearoa New Zealand

Planning your trip? Read Tourism New Zealand’s practical travel advice before you depart.

Aotearoa New Zealand is a small country, similar in size to Great Britain or Japan. With a population of just under 5 million people, it is gloriously uncrowded. Learn more about Aotearoa New Zealand here.

COVID-19 Information

Aotearoa New Zealand has so far managed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community and life is fairly normal for those living here.

  • As of 3 February 2021, our borders are closed and international travellers require special permission to travel here. Quarantine is mandatory for all arrivals.
  • The New Zealand government recently indicated that inbound travel is likely to begin again in early 2022. The update is welcome news for the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport which will take place on 5-8 May 2022.
  • Please follow the Official Government advice – this website is regularly updated as circumstances change.

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 that 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.

PLEASE NOTE: This may change due to COVID-19. Please check this page and official New Zealand Government advice prior to booking your travel.

If you require visa support (e.g. letter of invitation), please email us at


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.

Find out more here


No vaccinations are required to visit Aotearoa New Zealand.

PLEASE NOTE: This may change due to COVID-19. Please follow the Official Government advice – this website is regularly updated as circumstances change.


The weather varies throughout Aotearoa New Zealand by region and by season. Find out more here

Currency & costs

The currency used is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). Find out more here

Internet & phone coverage

Staying connected in Aotearoa New Zealand is easy with a little forward planning. Find out more here


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). Find out more here

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. Find out more about Qualmark here

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. Find out more here


Kia Ora. Hello

Aotearoa New Zealand is a land of immense and diverse landscapes. You’ll experience natural wonders and unique culture here that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

  • Find out more about Aotearoa New Zealand here and watch videos about our wonderful country here.
  • Looking for some guidance on itinerary planning? Read more here 
  • Aotearoa New Zealand has myriad different events throughout the year, from sports fixtures to cultural festivals. Add one to your itinerary before or after your conference. Find out what is on here
  • Make the most of your visit to Aotearoa New Zealand with the official Essential New Zealand travel guide app. Access up-to-date information offline

We look forward to seeing you in Aotearoa New Zealand soon!

Explore the North Island:

Experience vibrant cities, serene beaches, geothermal hotspots and our awe-inspiring Māori culture in New Zealand’s North Island.

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Hamilton-Waikato
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Rotorua
  • Lake Taupo
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Wellington

Explore the South Island:

Venture to the South Island and you will be met by lofty mountains, stunning lakes, fiords and glaciers – the landscapes here are famous the world over.

  • Nelson
  • Marlborough
  • West Coast
  • Christchurch-Canterbury
  • Wanaka
  • Queenstown
  • Dunedin
  • Fiordland
  • Southland

Explore Stewart Island:

More than 85% of Stewart Island is National Park.

  • Stewart Island


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