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How long can I stay as a visitor?

Generally, the maximum stay holding a Visitor Visa is 9 months.

We usually only allow visitors to stay for 9 months in an 18-month period.

To work this out, we look at the last day that you intend to be in New Zealand (e.g. 1 July 2020) and count back 18 months from there (e.g. 1 January 2019). When you apply for a visa through one of our offices, we make sure that in that 18-month period (e.g. 1 January 2019 – 1 July 2020) you will not be spending more than 9 months in New Zealand.

Apply for a Visitor Visa

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 3 months (or 6 months if from the United Kingdom) on this visit, and no more than 6 months in any 12-month period.

So, we will look at what date your 3-month visit (or 6-month visit) will end (e.g. 1 July 2020) and count back 12 months from there (e.g. 1 July 2019). We then make sure that in that 12-month period (e.g. 1 July 2019 – 1 July 2020) you will not be spending more than 6 months in New Zealand.

Visa Waiver Visitor Visa

Before you travel to New Zealand