General information

Visas important information

You are required by New Zealand Law to obtain a Visa for entry into New ZealandTo apply for this visa, follow this link

IMPORTANT: If you are travelling to New Zealand via Australia, you may also need to apply for an Australian Transit Visa.   Please  follow this link and read the information carefully to establish whether you will need to apply for this Transit Visa

Passport & Visas further information
People from over 50 countries (click here to view list) do not require a Visa to enter New Zealand for a short visit. However, they are still required to provide:

  • Travel tickets or evidence of onward travel arrangement; and 
  • Evidence of funds to support their travel within New Zealand.

Full information is available online at Please read the ‘Passports and Visas’ section carefully or visit your local New Zealand Embassy. Those who do require a Visa should obtain this well in advance of travel. If you are transiting via any other country en route to New Zealand, please check the relevant Visa requirements for that country.

Customs Requirements
New Zealand has strict rules to protect its agricultural industries from imported pests and diseases. If you bring in items such as food and plants, these must be declared on arrival in New Zealand. Visit for more information. Like other countries New Zealand has strict security concerning drugs, firearms and other dangerous goods. For more information visit

New Zealand’s seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. This means that the warmest months are December, January and February, while the coldest are in June, July and August. January will be warm however you will still require light but warm garments to wear in the evenings.

Electricity is supplied at 230/240 volts (50 hertz). Most hotels provide 110 volt AC sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only. For all other equipment, an adaptor/converter is necessary, unless the item has a multi-voltage option. Please note that the power outlets only accept flat three or two-pin plugs, depending on whether an earth connection is fitted.

Tipping is not expected in New Zealand but up to 10% is gladly accepted.

Credit Cards/ ATM Cards
All major international credit cards can be used in New Zealand and Travellers Cheques are accepted at hotels and banks. If your credit card is encoded with a PIN number you will be able to withdraw cash from automatic teller machines (ATMs). ATM’s are readily available throughout the CBD..

Goods & Services
All goods and services in New Zealand are subject to 15% tax (Goods and Services Tax - GST). Overseas visitors cannot claim back GST. However, there are a limited number of Duty Free stores throughout the country. Proof of onward journey will be required.

Liability / Travel Insurance
In the event of industrial disruptions or natural disasters, personal injury or damage to persons or property occurring before or during the conference, neither Massey University or Conferences & Events Ltd, can accept responsibility for any losses incurred by delegates. Personal Travel Insurance is the responsibility of the individual delegate and is highly recommended. Please check with your travel agent or an insurance broker.

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