International visitors

Passport and Visa

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.
Make sure you check your passport and visa requirements on the New Zealand Immigration Service website.

Invitation Letters

Invitation letters will be provided to persons who have registered and paid the complete registration fee. The letter will provide proof of registration and proof of payment. Official acceptance and invitation letters may be obtained by contacting Event Management by email:

Invitation letters can only be requested once payment of registration has been received. Please note when applying for your visa you should include a copy of your registration confirmation.


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.
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No vaccinations are required to visit New Zealand.

Do I need health insurance when travelling to New Zealand from overseas?

Medical services are not free to visitors, so travel insurance that covers health and medical is strongly recommended.


The weather varies throughout 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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Hotels and restaurants in New Zealand do not add service charges to their bills and tipping for good service is appreciated.

New Zealand tax goods and services?

New Zealand has a 15% goods and services tax (GST), which is included in the advertised price of goods and services unless stated. Overseas visitors cannot claim this back. Some stores may waive GST if you show onward or return air tickets, or when international shipment of goods is arranged.

Internet & Phone coverage:

Staying connected in 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:

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

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 New Zealand without the need for an internet connection.
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