You may need to apply for a visitor visa if you intend to stay temporarily in New Zealand, but you don't intend to study or work.
Check to see whether you need a visitor visa to come to New Zealand.
If your home country is on our visa-waiver list, you can enter New Zealand without a visa, depending on how long you want to stay. If you are not from a visa-waiver country you will need a visa.
If you need a visitor visa to come to New Zealand, you will need to meet our requirements, including funds, health and character.
You may be able to submit your visa application online.
Most applicants for a visitor visa for one applicant can use Immigration ONLINE to apply.
Log in to apply
To complete your application online using Immigration ONLINE:
Gather your documents
You need to create an account and fill in an online form. To find out more, visit our Apply Online page.
If you are unable to apply for a visitor visa via Immigration ONLINE - Visitor, find out how to apply for a visitor visa and get the forms you need.
Even if you are only passing through New Zealand, as a traveller in transit, you may need to apply for a transit visa.
If you are transiting through Australia on the way to New Zealand you may need to apply for an Australian visa. See our transiting through Australia page.
If you are a tour guide, leader or escort and you will be working while you are in New Zealand, you will need to apply for a specific purpose work visa before you arrive.
If you are a tour guide who is a Chinese national, you may be able to apply under the China Special Work Category. You can apply from within New Zealand if you hold a valid work or student visa.