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Can I enter New Zealand on a one way ticket?

Visitors entering New Zealand without a visa (visa waiver countries only), must have valid onward travel arrangements (ie. return ticket or official confirmation that a ticket is booked and paid for) when entering New Zealand. 

The return ticket must also be from New Zealand to a country they can enter.

Visa Waiver Visitor Visa

Having funds to purchase a ticket is not sufficient evidence of onward travel arrangements for visa waiver visitors. 

If you are applying for a visa prior to your travel and your visa is granted you may enter New Zealand on a one way ticket, provided that the visa (in your passport or eVisa) clearly states ‘Return and/or onward ticket not required’.

Citizens and permanent residents of New Zealand or Australia may enter on a one way ticket, providing they are travelling on a valid New Zealand or Australian passport, or they have a valid New Zealand or Australian Returning Residents visa (or Australian visa entitlement verification online print out (VEVO)) in their foreign passport. 

From 1 October 2019, if you are from a visa waiver country you will need to hold an NZeTA before travelling to New Zealand.