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Destination: New Zealand

Destination New Zealand some basic information and travel assistance

Take Your Pick of Kiwi Adventures in the Great Outdoors
If you think falling in love is a rush, try skydiving in Taupo, on New Zealand’s North Island. Bring your romance to a boil with a soak in hot mineral pools, then cool down on the snowy slopes of Mount Ruapehu or the South Island’s Southern Alps. Cuddle on a glacial cruise on Tasman Lake, float above vineyards in a hot-air balloon, and hike amid mountains in Fiordland. For fantastic views of river gorges, take a journey on the TranzAlpine train.

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Destination New Zealand Special Precautions or Visa Requirements

All foreign travelers (except from Australia) will need to fill out an Electronic Travel Authority (eTA) form online before they can enter New Zealand as of October 1, 2019. It is not a visa, the eTA will take approximately 72 hours to get approved and will cost NZD$9 (approximately US$6) if you register via the mobile app or NZD$12 (about US$8) through the Immigration NZ website. The eTA is valid for up to two years and multiple visits to New Zealand.

Official New Zealand eTA Application site

US Department of State New Zealand Information

If you are a U.S. citizen, you are eligible for a visa waiver and therefore do not need a visa for tourist stays of three months or less. You must have a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond your planned departure from New Zealand.

Part of the APEC Business Travel program
• Expedited Passport Clearance
• All full members of APEC have no need to apply for a visa or entry permit, as the card is treated as such (except for transitional members, USA and Canada)

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My New Zealand Information Page at Virtuoso
Here is a good place to start for some additional information on quality Hotels and Activities.

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page updated: September 2019

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