Travelling to New Zealand
Being an island the main form of transportation to the country is by air, although several cruise ship companies incorporate New Zealand ports into their schedules.
Australia is the nearest major landmass and is approximately 3 hours away by air.
For travellers beyond Australia, a longhaul flight of 10-12 hours must be undertaken from either Asia or North America.
Many airlines fly into New Zealand from as far a field as London and Frankfurt. Air New Zealand's Frankfurt-Auckland flight via Los Angeles is the longest flight in the world.
Due to recent terrorist attacks in the USA. Travel via America and other countries is currently subject to increased security checks, delays, possible cancellations. These changes have been implemented to insure the safety of all aircraft passengers. However do insure you allow yourself enough time during transit stops.
As New Zealand is an isolated destination within the southern hemisphere, the country is considered a SAFE destination and has observed an increased tourism trade during times of conflict within the northern hemisphere.
Arrival in New Zealand.
Being an island nation New Zealand has avoided many of the pests and diseases that have plagued the agricultural, horticultural and forestry industries of some nations. As these industries are three of New Zealand's biggest export markets, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry intends to maintain this status.
When you enter NZ, you pass through both Customs and Bio-Security checks. The two are independent of each other.
When you enter New Zealand from overseas, it's important to follow New Zealand law. That means you must declare or dispose of biosecurity risk goods at our international borders. You might have goods with you that could be carrying pests and diseases. These pests and diseases could cause millions of dollars in damage to our country's environment and economy.
For further information, click here to download a MAF Biosecurity brochure. (1.5MB, PDF document)
A single item of food containing a fruit-fly larvae, moth
egg or disease could destroy any of New Zealand's major export industries,
costing 100's of millions of dollars and thousands of jobs.
If you're unsure. Declare it.
You are required to declare the following items:
Animal and animal products
Plants and plant products