Yachts & small craft

New Zealand requires that all international yachts and small craft notify Customs of their intended arrival at least 48 hours before entering New Zealand waters, 12 nautical miles from the coastline.

Once you have entered New Zealand waters, you must display the International Q-flag and then report directly to a Customs port of entry.

All of the information and documentation you will need is contained in the Yacht Pack. See below for details of the Yacht Pack contents, where it can be obtained, and what important documents you can download.

This description was last updated on: Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Detailed information related to Yachts & small craft

The master of every craft en route to New Zealand must provide the following information to Customs at least 48 hours before their expected arrival time (12 nautical miles from the coastline):

  • Details of the craft.
  • Estimated date and time of arrival.
  • Customs port of entry at which craft will arrive.
  • Details of all crew and passengers on board.
  • The name of the originating port and any other ports visited on the voyage to New Zealand.

You can provide this information by downloading and completing the Inward report (small craft) (Form C1B) and the Advance notice of arrival (small craft) (NZCS 340) form. 

These can be completed and returned to Customs by: 

Fax: +64 3 358 0069 or Email: yachts@customs.govt.nz.

Masters must also notify the Ministry for Primary Industries. They should contact the local MPI office at or near the first port of call.

This detail was last updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013

All craft arriving in New Zealand from overseas must first report at a Customs port of entry.​

This detail was last updated on Friday, 15 April 2011

Once your craft has docked, you will be met by Customs and MPI officers. 

Unless there is an emergency, all persons and goods must remain on board until the officers have inspected the craft.

You will need to present the following completed documents on your arrival: 

Go to Where do I obtain a yacht pack for a list of outlets where you can obtain a New Zealand Border Agencies Information Pack for the arrival of yachts and small craft. To order your pack in advance, please get in touch with the New Zealand Customs Service National Contact Centre.

You will also find that these packs are available at a number of ports and marinas around the Pacific and include detailed descriptions of all the New Zealand Customs ports of entry.

This detail was last updated on Monday, 18 June 2012

Customs will provide immigration services on your arrival in New Zealand.  

The New Zealand Immigration Service publication Guide for Visitors Arriving by Yacht provides details of what owners and crew of super yachts, yachts, and small craft travelling to New Zealand need to do, as well as contact details for immigration offices off-shore.

To contact Immigration:

  • Phone: +64 9 914 4100 if you are in Auckland or overseas.
  • Call free: 0508 558 855 if you are in New Zealand, but outside the Auckland call free area.
  • Fax: +64 9 914 4119.

This detail was last updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Passengers and crew who are arriving into New Zealand on a private craft eg, yacht or super yacht, are subject to the same visa requirements as they would be if they had arrived by aircraft.

The above visa requirements are also needed if passengers or crew arrive in New Zealand to join the vessel. In this case, they may need to produce the vessel's onward passage details.

This detail was last updated on Friday, 01 February 2013

Your boat may be granted a stay in New Zealand of up to 24 months.

An extension beyond 24 months may be granted for emergencies, and such requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Should permission be given, Customs may require one of the following:

  • the vessel is imported permanently, and Customs charges are payable and non refundable; or
  • a cash deposit or security to cover Customs charges. This will be returned or released, together with interest, provided the vessel leaves within the agreed date.

Note: Should the owner(s) of the vessel hold a NZ passport or have previously held the right of permanent residency in NZ a deposit may be required to be paid when entering a vessel temporarily.

Customs Fact Sheet 32 - Arrival of yachts and small craft in New Zealand includes details on the temporary entry process and requirements.

If applicable, the Customs officer assisting you at the port of entry will have you complete the Temporary Import Entry for Yachts and Small Vessels form (Form C4G).

This detail was last updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Vessels entered, or about to be entered, on Temporary Import Entry ie, small craft, pleasure craft, fishing vessels and survey vessels are only eligible to load duty free consumable stores when they are about to depart final.

With the exception of cruise ships, the amount of duty free alcohol and tobacco that may be loaded is determined using a formula calculation, as follows:

  • Approved quota (detailed in table below)
    multiplied by the number of crew and passengers
    multiplied by the voyage duration
    less any duty free alcohol and tobacco stores already on board.

The approved quota per crew member and passenger is:

Beer​ 6 x cans or bottles per day (each can or bottle not to exceed 375ml) or​
Wine​ 1 x 750ml bottle per day, and​
Spirits or liqueur​ 3 x 1125ml bottles per 10 days​
Cigarettes​ 20 cigarettes per day or​
Tobacco​ 250g per 10 days or​
Cigars​ 5 (regardless of weight) every 10 days​

 

This detail was last updated on Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Importing firearms is strictly controlled in New Zealand. All firearms must be declared to the Customs officer on arrival. Firearms on board will be taken and kept in safe keeping by the New Zealand Police who will hold them until the craft's departure.

The importation of weapons such as flick knives, swordsticks, knuckle-dusters, and any weapon designed to give the appearance of another article, is prohibited.

In addition, the importation of items such as tasers, pepper sprays and other similar weapons are prohibited from import into New Zealand, and cannot be imported without first obtaining a permit to import issued by the New Zealand Police.

Further information regarding the importation of firearms and offensive or prohibited weapons can be obtained from the New Zealand Police or by phoning +64 4 474 9499.
 

This detail was last updated on Monday, 09 December 2013

Yachts and small craft entering New Zealand are technically subject to import clearance charges, Customs duty and goods and services tax (GST).  

If the craft is owned and operated by a bona fide visitor, however, and is in New Zealand only temporarily, it may be granted a Temporary Import Entry (TIE) – meaning Customs duty and GST charges are deferred.   

Customs will generally make the length of the TIE match the duration of your visitor’s visa – or for 12 months – whichever is less.  

If you manage to extend your visitor’s visa, you can apply to Customs for a similar extension to your TIE. To get the TIE extension, Customs will need to be satisfied that your craft still meets all the necessary criteria. 

You should note that the conditions applying to a TIE include: 

  • an agreement to export your craft by the expiry date of the TIE
  • an undertaking that the craft will not be sold, offered for sale or otherwise disposed of in New Zealand
  • an agreement to advise Customs at the port of arrival of any change relevant to the craft’s presence in New Zealand
  •  the possible provision of a security by way of a cash deposit or letter of undertaking, should this be requested
  • GST on purchases in New Zealand.

Most goods and services purchased in New Zealand attract a goods and services tax (GST) of 15%. Some taxable supplies are zero-rated which means GST is charged at a rate of 0 percent rather than the standard rate.

All requests for information regarding zero-rating for repairs or maintenance of overseas yachts and craft should be referred to:

If you are a Non-Resident:

Non-resident Centre
Inland Revenue
Private Bag 1932
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

For all other customers:

Inland Revenue
PO Box 39010
Wellington Mail Centre
Lower Hutt 5045

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) charges

Yachts and small craft are not subject to Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) charges, but are subject to oil pollution levies if the craft is over 100 gross tonnes. However, if you decide to undertake a commercial operation while in New Zealand, you will be subject to both these charges, regardless of the size of the vessel. New Zealand Customs officials can discuss these charges with you at the time of your arrival. 

This detail was last updated on Friday, 25 July 2014

You can download a copy of the Yacht Pack (5MB) in PDF format or obtain a hard copy version from one of the outlets listed in the section Where do I obtain a Yacht Pack, below.

Some of the individual forms and fact sheets are also available in other formats (Word, HTML, etc) on our fact sheetsforms, or corporate documents or technical lists & guides pages.   

The Yacht Pack contains the following documents:

Customs documents

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) documents

Immigration New Zealand documents

Department of Conservation document

If you prefer, you can obtain a hard copy version of the New Zealand Border Agencies Information pack for yachts and small craft from the following outlets. However, the availability at some overseas outlets may be limited.

This detail was last updated on Friday, 21 November 2014

You can download a copy of the Yacht Pack (4MB) in PDF format or obtain a hard copy version for one of the outlets.

New Zealand
All Customs offices or by writing to: 

New Zealand Customs Service
Marine Section
PO Box 29, Shortland Street
Auckland 1140
New Zealand

New Zealand freephone: 0800 428 786
Outside New Zealand phone: +64 9 927 8036
Fax: +64 9 307 6720
Email: feedback@customs.govt.nz
http://www.customs.govt.nz

Australia
Most Customs House offices of the Australian Customs Service.

Fiji
Musket Cove Yacht Club
Musket Cove
Fiji

Royal Suva Yacht Club
Queens Road
Korovou
Suva

Vuda Point Marina
(Marshall Sails Ltd)
12 Salala Point Rd
Lautoka

Yacht Help Fiji
Port Denarau Marina
Fiji

New Caledonia
Direction Regionale des Douanes
1 rue de la Republique
Noumea

Direction Regionale des Douanes
B.P. 214-98860
Kone
New Caledonia

Norfolk Island
Norfolk Island Customs
Customs House
Taylors Rd
Norfolk Island

Rarotonga
New Zealand High Commission
1st Floor
Philatelic Bureau Building
Takuvaine Rd
Avarua

Tahiti - French Polynesia
Tahiti Ocean
Marina Taina – PK 9 West
Papeete

Direction Regionale des Douanes
De Polynesie Francaise
Motu Uta
Papeete

Tonga
Moorings/Sunsail Yacht Charters
Neiafu
Vava’u 

Cafe Tropicana
Neiafu
Vava’u

Vanuatu
Yachting World
Port Vila  

This detail was last updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014

For further information contact:

New Zealand Customs Service
Marine Section
PO Box 29, Shortland Street 
Auckland 1140
New Zealand

New Zealand freephone: 0800 428 786
Outside New Zealand phone: +64 9 927 8036
Fax: +64 3 358 0069
Email: feedback@customs.govt.nz 

This detail was last updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013

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