The island of New Zealand can be reached by sea or by air. To visit or transit New Zealand inland eligible travelers must obtain a New Zealand Visa. As of 2019, it is possible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) online. Once approved ETA is valid for 2 years. ETA is a multi-entry visa, which means you can visit New Zealand more than once in 2 years’ time, however, visitors must not forget that one visit must not exceed 90 days. Before traveling to New Zealand it is advised to learn what items can be brought into the country.
How can I visit New Zealand legally?
If you are not a New Zealand national and you wish to visit or remain in New Zealand legally you must hold a relevant New Zealand visa issued by Immigration New Zealand. You can apply for your New Zealand visa in advance from your home country. All non-citizens of New Zealand must hold a valid New Zealand visa or an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) to be able to enter or transit the country, except citizens of a visa waiver country or visa-exempt countries.
A valid New Zealand Visa or an ETA allows you to remain in New Zealand legally for a period of time indicated on your visa. New Zealand ETA allows you to visit and stay in New Zealand for touristic, business and family visit purposes only, this type of visa does not allow you to work in New Zealand legally. New Zealand ETA is valid for 2 years and is a multi-entry visa. This type of visa allows you to legally leave and return to New Zealand until the ETA expiration date or until your passport expires, whichever appears earlier. Once you arrive in New Zealand, you can also apply for a different kind of visa. If your visa has expired, this means you are staying in New Zealand illegally and you may be deported. Make sure to leave New Zealand on time or renew your visa.
When to visit New Zealand?
The seasons in New Zealand are the same as in Australia and opposite to the Northern Hemisphere. The weather in New Zealand can be described as unpredictable and you might witness 4 seasons in 24 hours. However, New Zealand and its nature are charming all year round.
Visiting New Zealand in Summer (December to February) might make your vacation a bit more complicated than traveling offseason. Apart from the warmest weather, the Summer season tends to be also the busiest time in New Zealand. This time of a year attracts locals as well as tourists to make their holiday plans, as consequence prices become higher and it gets more complicated to book accommodation in certain areas, especially in bigger cities of New Zealand.
Spring, autumn and even winter, on the other hand, might be a better idea to visit this beautiful island of New Zealand. The weather off-season can still be pleasant and warm, moreover, you will be able to rent a car and book a hotel at a more reasonable price than during the high season. If you fancy less crowded holidays, visiting New Zealand offseason might be a better idea for you.
To sum up, once you have decided to travel to New Zealand make sure to grab clothes for different weather conditions, no matter when you are traveling, the weather in New Zealand might surprise you!