New Zealand Visitor Visa
A visa allows a person to travel to the New Zealand border and, if they are granted permission to enter, it allows
them to remain in the country. If someone has a visa they apply for permission to enter at the border.
Information about coming to New Zealand as a visitor and help you to understand the requirements you need to meet
ifyou want to visit New Zealand.
We gives you information about:
- how to decide which visa you need to apply for
- what evidence you need to provide with your application form
- what a visitor visa allows you to do.
Do you need a visa to visit New Zealand?
You do not need a visa to visit New Zealand if one of the following applies to you:
- You are a New Zealand citizen.
- You hold a New Zealand residence class visa
Australian citizens and some other groups of visitors from overseas do not need a visa to travel to New Zealand.
See ‘Visa-waiver visitors’.
Where do you send your application and documents?
Applicants who are overseas
Send your completed application form and documents to your nearest Immigration New Zealand office or Visa Application Centre.
Applicants who are in New Zealand
Send your completed application form and documents to your nearest Immigration New Zealand office.
What a visitor visa allows
A visitor visa allows you to stay in New Zealand as a visitor for a limited amount of time
It allows you to:
- visit as a tourist
- visit friends or relatives
- play sport or perform in cultural events without pay
- enter New Zealand to get married
- undertake short-term study.
A visitor visa allows you to study one or more courses of up to a total of three months in each of the 12-month
periods your visa is valid.
School-aged visitor visa holders can attend a primary, intermediate, or secondary school for a single period of
study of up to three months per calendar year provided the study finishes within that calendar year. You are also
not permitted to study in term one of a school year if you held a visitor visa and undertook a single period of study
in term four of the previous year.
If you want to study for longer than three months you will need to apply for a student visa.
It is an offence for an education provider to allow a person to undertake a course of study if that person is not
entitled to do so. VisaView is an online enquiry system that allows registered education providers to check whether
a person who is not a New Zealand citizen can study in New Zealand.
If you believe that an education provider has been given the wrong information via VisaView you may contact the
Immigration Contact Centre (0508 558 855) to request correction of that information
What courses can you study?
Your course of study and education provider must be approved by the Ministry of Education to offer places to
overseas students. Your education provider must also be a signatory to the Ministry of Education’s Code of Practice
for the Pastoral Care of International Students (the Code) to be able to offer you a place.
You can find out from the education provider whether they and their courses are approved.
Visitors aged 13 and under who wish to study a course of up to three months at a Private Training Establishment
(PTE), must also meet the guardianship requirements set out in the Code
A visitor visa does not allow you to work in New Zealand.
There are some special visitor categories which allow visitors to enter New Zealand for particular purposes.
See ‘Special visitor categories’.