Arriving by cruise ship

If you plan to arrive in New Zealand by cruise ship and do not have a visa, you must hold an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority).

Before you join your cruise

If you do not have a visa you must have an NZeTA before you join your cruise.

Information about NZeTA

If you are flying into New Zealand to join your cruise, you must have:

  • an NZeTA if you are from a visa waiver country, or
  • a visa if you are from a country that requires a visa to visit New Zealand.

Visa waiver countries and territories

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If you have a visa, you do not need an NZeTA.

Australian permanent residents

If you are an Australian permanent resident 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.

Travellers who do not need an NZeTA

Checking in for your cruise

When you check in for your cruise you need to show evidence of your NZeTA or visa to check-in staff. This can be:

  • your NZeTA confirmation email on your mobile phone or on a web app
  • a printed copy of your NZeTA confirmation email, or
  • a printed copy of your eVisa letter.

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. This expires 28 days after the ship arrives at its first port of entry in New Zealand or when the ship leaves — whichever happens first.

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

Arriving in New Zealand

If you are staying on in New Zealand

If you leave your cruise to fly home, or to stay on in New Zealand, you need to apply for a visa and entry permission by completing an arrival card and presenting it to an immigration officer at the port.

You must show evidence of your onward travel arrangements such as a ticket for your flight out of New Zealand.