Before you travel to New New Zealand - Important to know!
The Tiaki Promise – Care for New Zealand
New Zealand is precious, and everyone who lives and travels here has a responsibility to look after it!
The New Zealand tourism industry has come together to launch the Tiaki Promise which actively encourages all visitors toexperience New Zealand in a way that keeps them safe; protects the natural environment; respects all cultures; and preserves the country for future generations. Tiaki means to care for people and place in New Zealand’s native language Te Reo Māori and the Tiaki Promise is an invitation to visitors to care for New Zealand alongside Kiwis. Visitors to New Zealand will learn about the Tiaki Promise before arriving and while travelling around the country. The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and for the future.
Costs for Electronic Tourist Authority (NZeTA) and International Visitor Conservation & Tourist Levy (IVL)
For travel to New Zealand after 01 October 2019 the New Zealand Government has introduced an Electronic Tourist Authority (NZeTA) and International Visitor Conservation & Tourist Levy (IVL). These are designed to both strengthen our border security and improve regional infrastructure so it can cope with New Zealand’s growing popularity as a destination.
From July 2019 travelers will need to request an ETA either online or via the available app.
Exceptions are passengers traveling on a New Zealand or Australian passport, as well as travelers who hold a valid New Zealand visa (such as Resident or Temporary Visas).
An ETA will last up to 2 years and cost NZD $9.00 for mobile application requests and NZD $12.00 for web browser requests.
The IVL will be charged at the same time as making the application for the ETA and will cost NZD $35.00. Once paid, the IVL will last as long as the ETA is valid.
Australian permanent residents will need to hold an ETA but will not be required to pay for an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). Friendly neighbours and all that.
Driving in New Zealand
We are driving here on the left hand side of the road. Each person who wishes to drive must present their driving license and an international driving license. Drivers under 21 are not permitted.