The New Zealand Visitor Visa lets tourists travel to and holiday in New Zealand. Visa holders can also study and job hunt or attend a job interview while in the country.



New Zealand Visitor Visa holders can:

  • Visit friends and family and explore New Zealand as a tourist
  • Visit New Zealand for up to nine months in an 18-month period
  • Study for up to three months in any 12-month period
  • Look for work or attend a job interview

Please note: Travellers from visa-waiver countries don’t have to apply for a Visitor Visa but must hold an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority).


To apply for a Visitor Visa, candidates must: 

  • Have enough to live on while in New Zealand or have an eligible sponsor
  • Agree to pay their own healthcare or medical assistance costs
  • Have a ticket to leave New Zealand or have someone to sponsor the cost
  • Meet new Zealand's health and character requirements


To apply for a Visitor Visa, applicants must have enough money to live on while in New Zealand:

  • At least NZD1,000 per month, or
  • NZD400 per month if the applicant has already paid or their accommodation

Immigration New Zealand accepts all of the following as evidence that the funds are available: 

  • Proof of prepaid accommodation
  • Bank statements
  • Credit card statements
  • Bank drafts
  • Travellers’ cheques
  • A ‘Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry’ completed by an eligible sponsor


Visitor Visa applicants can include their partner and dependent children under the age of 20 in their application on condition that the family travels to New Zealand together. The applicant’s family must also meet the conditions of the Visitor Visa, and the applicant must prove their relationship to the rest of the family.

Visitor Visa holders can stay in New Zealand for up to nine months in an 18-month period. The 18-month period is calculated backwards from the last day the visa holder intends to be in New Zealand.

Visitor Visa holders can extend their visa for another three months and extend their stay up to 12 months in a 24-month period if the visa holder:

  • Needs more time to complete their tourist itinerary
  • Can’t leave New Zealand for reasons beyond their control
  • Applied for residence for the first time

To apply for a 3-month extension, the visa holder must have financially supported themselves without sponsorship and not have worked or studied during their stay.

Visitor Visa holders can look for work and attend an interview while in New Zealand, but their primary purpose for visiting New Zealand must be tourism or visiting loved ones. 

Visa holders can't work or take up employment while in New Zealand. To do so, a person must apply for an appropriate visa. 

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