If you are able to visit New Zealand with a visa waiver, you must still meet the entry requirements at the border.
To meet the requirements, you must show:
1. A valid passport or travel document; and
2. A return ticket to a country you are allowed to enter (one way ticket is not acceptable - please refer to Related Questions below for more information); and
3. Sufficient funds to support your stay in NZ - at least NZ$1000 per month for maintenance and accommodation, or NZ$400 per month if the accommodation has been prepaid
4. Completed arrival card (obtained from your travel agent or at the airport)
If you cannot meet any or all of the above requirements, you should apply for a visitor visa prior to your travel, as you may not be allowed to enter with a visa waiver.
Evidence of sufficient funds
Sufficient funds can be shown in the form of:
Is your child endorsed into your passport?
If the passport issuing authorities of your country has endorsed your dependant child/ren into your passport, we will accept your endorsed (valid) passport as their travel document.
Please note that your dependent child/ren will still have to meet the other three requirements listed above (i.e. return tickets, sufficient funds and a completed arrival card).
How long can I stay for if I enter without a visa?
If you are visiting NZ visa waiver, you will be usually be granted a visitor visa valid for 3 months on arrival (or up to six months, if you are citizen of UK)
Any visitor visa granted to you on arrival, will not normally allow you to spend more than six months in NZ in any 12-month period.
To work this out, we:
If you decide while you are in New Zealand you wish to stay longer, you should contact us about your options.
This answer was last updated on 8 March, 2013.
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