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Immigration   |   Flying to New Zealand   |   Arriving in Auckland   |   Tourism in Auckland

 

IMMIGRATION

Citizens of “visa-waiver” countries do not need to apply for a visa in advance to enter New Zealand. The full list of these countries is found here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/general-information/visa-waiver-countries.

Otherwise, you will need to apply for a visitor visa. Full details of the requirements and the application process can be found on the Immigration New Zealand website here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/options/visit.

When you register for LTRC 2018, the registration system will automatically generate an invitation letter, which you can use to support your visa application, if necessary.

It is a good idea to apply at least two months before you travel.

If your flight to or from New Zealand passes through Australia, you may need to obtain a transit visa for Australia. For more information, check here: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Lega/Lega/Form/Immi-FAQs/do-i-need-a-visa-to-transit-through-australia.


FLYING TO NEW ZEALAND

Auckland International Airport (AKL) is the main gateway to the country. The national carrier Air New Zealand (https://www.airnewzealand.com), which is a member of the Star Alliance, flies to selected destinations around the Pacific Rim and also has a daily one-stop flight from London via Los Angeles. A full list of airlines serving Auckland and their destinations can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auckland_Airport#Airlines_and_destinations%20


ARRIVING IN AUCKLAND

The Auckland Airport website provides comprehensive information about arrival procedures and airport services: https://www.aucklandairport.co.nz/information/arriving-from-overseas.

It is important to know that New Zealand has very strict quarantine requirements to protect its agriculture and horticulture. This means that any food or plant material should be disposed of or declared on arrival. You should pay attention to the questions on the arrival card about anything risky that you may be carrying. All checked and cabin baggage may be monitored by x-ray, a detector dog or a manual search.
Information about options for transferring from the airport to your accommodation are set out here: https://www.aucklandairport.co.nz/transport.


TOURISM IN AUCKLAND

The city’s website for visitors gives a lot of information about what to see and do in Auckland as a whole: https://www.aucklandnz.com/visit.
The Heart of the City website focuses more on the main attractions in the central city area: https://www.heartofthecity.co.nz/auckland-attractions.
And here is a recent feature article on the city in the New York Times:  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/08/travel/36-hours-in-auckland.html

TOURING NEW ZEALAND

If you have time to venture beyond Auckland, the official tourist website is a good starting place for planning your travels: https://www.newzealand.com/int/

Here are some very popular destinations for day trips from Auckland

Waiheke Island: https://www.waiheke.co.nz/

Other islands in the Hauraki Gulf: https://www.fullers.co.nz/destinations/

The Hobbiton movie set: http://www.hobbitontours.com/en/



 

 

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