If you intent to study or work in N.Z. you will certainly need a visa. You may also need to apply for a visitor visa or permit if you intend to stay temporarily in New Zealand. When you are granted a permit, you can stay in New Zealand for up to nine months.
Do I need a visa or permit?
Take the quick check below to see whether you need a visitor visa to come to New Zealand. If your home country is on the list of visa-free countries below, then you can enter New Zealand without a visa, depending on how long you want to stay.
If you are visiting for three months or less and are from a country in the list below, you will not need a visa.
- Andorra Argentina Austria
- Bahrain Belguim Brazil
- Brunei Canada Chile
- Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark
- Estonia* Finland France
- Germany Greece Hong Kong**
- Hungary Iceland Ireland
- Israel Italy Japan
- Korea (South) Kuwait Latvia*
- Liechtenstein Lithuania* Luxembourg
- Malaysia Malta Mexico
- Monaco Netherlands Norway
- Oman Poland Portugal***
- Qatar San Marino Saudi Arabia
- Singapore Slovak Republic Slovenia
- South Africa Spain Sweden
- Switzerland United Arab Emirates United States of America****
- Uruguay Vatican City
* Visa waiver does not apply to people travelling on alien's (non-citizen's) passports issued by these countries.
** Residents of Hong Kong travelling on Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or British National (Overseas) passports.
*** Portuguese passport holders must also have the right to live permanently in Portugal.
**** Including nationals of the USA.
United Kingdom and Australia
British citizens and other British passport holders who produce evidence of the right to reside permanently in the UK can visit for up to six months without a visa.
Australian citizens and holders of a current resident return visa issued by the Commonwealth of Australia do not need a visa.
Other exceptions may apply. For more details visit http://www.immigration.co.nz/ This information was sourced from Immigration New Zealand in October 2006.