Coming into NZ for private purposes

Customs officer checking the passport of a traveller at the airport

Every year well over 2 million visitors come to New Zealand to experience the natural beauty of the country, its many attractions and its friendly hospitality. 

If you are planning a trip to New Zealand – or if you are a kiwi returning home – there are a number of things you should know first.

Here is all the information you need to prepare yourself for a smooth and trouble-free arrival, and a warm New Zealand welcome – whether you intend arriving by aircraft, ship, private plane or yacht. 

Within this section

  • Planning to travel to NZ

    Important information, helpful tips and useful advice on New Zealand – its laws, its customs and its entry requirements.

  • On your arrival

    What will happen when you land, what papers you should have and what you will be required to do – an explanation of arrival procedures.​

  • Items coming into NZ

    Accompanied baggage, unaccompanied baggage, freighted goods, mail, and personal and household items.

  • Arrival charges & allowances

    ​Charges, fees and duties you might expect on entering New Zealand, and information on duty-free allowances.

  • Arrival by private craft

    ​What to do, where to go – the allowances, restrictions, documentation and fees applying to private air and sea craft arriving in New Zealand.