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How long can I stay as a visitor?

Generally, the maximum stay holding a Visitor Visa is nine months.

We usually only allow visitors to stay for nine months in an 18-month period.

To work this out, we look at the last day that you intend to be in New Zealand (eg 1 July 2014), and count back 18 months from there (eg 1 January 2013). When you apply for a visa in one of our offices, we make sure that in that 18-month period (eg 1 January 2013 – 1 July 2014) you will not be spending more than nine months in New Zealand.

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I didn't need to apply for a visa to travel to New Zealand, how long can I stay when I arrive?

If you are a visa-waiver visitor, you apply for entry at the border by filling in your arrival card.

You will be allowed to stay for three months (or six months if from the United Kingdom) on this visit, and no more than six months in any 12-month period.

So, we will look at what date your three-month visit (or six-month visit) will end (eg 1 July 2014), and count back 12 months from there (eg 1 July 2013). We then make sure that in that 12-month period (eg 1 July 2013 – 1 July 2014) you will not be spending more than six months in New Zealand.

Visa Waiver Visitor Visa