General information

Travelling to New Zealand is easy. Check practical information and travel advice before you leave.

Before travelling to a country, you need to know the basic facts. 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. Learn more about New Zealand.

Passports and 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 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 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.


In order to protect 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. Visit the Ministry of Prime Industries website for more information.


No vaccinations are required to visit New Zealand.


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