16-17 May 2016
ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Viaduct Harbour
Auckland, New Zealand

Travelling to New Zealand

Visas and entry into New Zealand

All visitors to New Zealand must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the intended stay in New Zealand. It is the responsibility of all delegates to obtain valid entry permission for New Zealand.

Summit participants from countries that do not have a visa waiver arrangement with New Zealand will need to apply for a visa before they travel to New Zealand. Visa waiver countries are listed on the Immigration New Zealand website.

Applying for a visitor visa

Visa application forms are available on the Immigration New Zealand website.

For participants from China, please review the visa information here.

On completion of your online summit registration form, a Letter of Invitation will be sent to you to attach to your visa application and to keep with your travel documents when you arrive in New Zealand.

Timeframes

We recommend that applicants apply for their visa at least six weeks before they intend to travel. Find information on visa fees and where to apply.

Customs and entry procedures

If you have not travelled to New Zealand before, you may never have experienced the emphasis on agricultural and biosecurity protection that you will find here. When you arrive in New Zealand, you will need to go through an entry process involving immigration, customs and biosecurity checks. It is normal practice for all carry-on and hold-stowed baggage to be subjected to x-ray screening for undeclared organic material.

New Zealand has some of the strictest quarantine controls in the world. Prohibited items include some live animals, animal products, some meat products, eggs, some live plant material including fruit, seeds, and products made from endangered species.

There is no law against bringing quarantine goods into New Zealand as long as you declare them. Biosecurity staff will advise you if you can or cannot keep any items with you. It is normal for travellers arriving in New Zealand to see and be questioned by people in uniform and you may see our inspectors accompanied by one of our detector dogs. These dogs are specially trained to search baggage, mail and cargo to locate undeclared or forgotten agricultural products. Further information about detector dogs is available here.

Because of these strict controls, delegates are advised to take great care and declare any and all necessary items.

After you collect your baggage and clear Passport Control, either:

  • walk through the ’Nothing to Declare Way Out‘ (green exit) if you have not declared any Customs or agricultural goods on your arrival card; or
  • go to the ’Goods to Declare Way Out‘ (red exit) if you have declared any Customs or agricultural goods on your arrival card, or if you are unsure which exit to use.

Regardless of the exit you choose, Customs officers or Agriculture/Quarantine officers may still search the baggage of any traveller. Please ensure that you are fully informed about New Zealand biosecurity entry requirements by visiting the Biosecurity website.

Quarantine

New Zealand has quarantine rules to prevent the entry of identified articles. The lists of items, which must be declared to Quarantine upon arrival, is available on the New Zealand Customs website.

Auckland Airport facilities

Auckland Airport has a range of facilities, including automatic teller machines, currency exchange services, post office, duty-free shopping, dining, public amenities, free Wi-Fi, telephones and trolleys. Detailed information about this airport is available here.

Duty-free allowances

Detailed information regarding duty-free allowances is available here.

Transportation from Auckland Airport to hotels

Delegates need to make and meet the cost of their own transport arrangements from Auckland Airport to their hotel and/or the summit venue.

Taxis

A taxi fare from Auckland Airport to the summit hotels is approximately NZ$70.
Both Corporate Cabs and Co-op Taxis offer an airport meet and greet service.  

Corporate Cabs

E: akbookings@corporatecabs.co.nz.
Bookings can also be made online.

Co-op Taxis

E: info@cooptaxi.co.nz.

Bookings can also be made online.

Shuttles

Super Shuttle offers a shared ride option. The approximate cost for the trip from the airport to the city centre is NZ$35 for one person and an additional $8 for each extra person. The shuttles operate from the shuttle rank at the airport (not the taxi rank).  Bookings can be made on the Super Shuttle website.

Airbus

A regular 10-minute Airbus Express service is available from the airport, providing a direct service into Auckland’s central business district. The service drops off at designated stops down Queen Street (the city centre’s main street) and terminates at the Downtown Ferry Terminal next to Britomart Transport Centre. Tickets cost NZ$16 one way and can be purchased from Airbus Tickets kiosks, direct from drivers (cash only) or by pre-booking online.