Arriving by cruise ship

If you plan to travel on a cruise to New Zealand, find out if you need a visa or an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority).

Before you join your cruise

Depending on the passport you travel on, you may need to request an NZeTA or get a visa before you travel to New Zealand.

If you are from a visa waiver country

From 1 October 2019, if you are from a visa waiver country you do not have to apply for a visa but you must request an NZeTA before you travel to New Zealand.

Visa waiver countries and territories

NZeTA

If you are from a visa required country

From 1 October 2019, if you are from a country that requires a visa to travel to New Zealand and travelling to New Zealand on a cruise ship, you can request an NZeTA or get a visa.

If you are flying into New Zealand to join your cruise you must get a visa.

Explore visa options for visiting

Australian permanent residents

From 1 October 2019, if you are a permanent resident of Australia, you must request an NZeTA before you travel to New Zealand.

Who does not need a visa or an NZeTA

If you are a New Zealand or Australian citizen you do not need a visa or an NZeTA.

Arriving in New Zealand by cruise ship

When you arrive at your first New Zealand port you will be deemed to hold a visitor visa that expires 28 days after you arrive or when the ship leaves — whichever happens first.

We will check you meet our entry permission requirements and are of good character.

Evidence that you are a genuine visitor

Staying on in New Zealand

If you leave your cruise ship and stay on in New Zealand you must apply for a further visa unless you already hold a current visa. You can do this by completing an arrival card and presenting it to an immigration officer at the port.

Arriving in New Zealand

Visitor Visa

Visa Waiver Visitor Visa