Visiting New Zealand for the first time? Here are some helpful tips and tricks before your trip!
Visas and Customs
When entering New Zealand, you may be questioned at the airport even if you don’t have anything to declare. This is because of the strict laws in place to preserve the country’s biodiversity. If traveling with any outdoor gear (hiking boots, poles, etc), it is recommended to clean them thoroughly before traveling to New Zealand. This also applies to the shoes you’re wearing to enter the country! It is best to clean the soles before your arrival. If traveling with food, it must be packaged in recognizable wrappers and completely sealed. Be aware that you have to declare all food items and any gear that you’ve used previously in an outdoor environment upon arrival.
As of Fall 2019, New Zealand is requiring visitors to obtain an electronic visa waiver, or eTA. The form can be completed entirely online. Once completed, it is valid for up to two years and multiple visits!Continue Reading...