Traveling To New Zealand

Devils Punchbowl Waterfall, New Zealand

New Zealand is a beautiful island country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. Geographically, the country is comprised of two main landmasses – the North and South islands – as well as many smaller islands. Due to the remoteness of the land it was one of the last to be settled by humans. Anyone interested in traveling to New Zealand will have to fill out an application for a passport if they do not already have one.


During that period of isolation, the land of New Zealand developed a stunning array of both animal and plant life. Notably, New Zealand is home to large number of unique bird species, most of which become extinct after the arrival of humans. Due to the moderate maritime climate around the islands, most of the land in New Zealand is covered in expansive forests.  New Zealand is a fantastic country to visit for any nature enthusiast.


The largely rural life in early New Zealand has cultivated an image of the country being rugged and industrious. In the early 1960s, however, higher education standards become more available and cities started to expand. Urban culture began to dominate as most of the citizens currently living in New Zealand do so in cities. Even still, the majority of New Zealand’s art, literature and film have many rural themes.


New Zealand offers a wealth of national parks, rural areas, and other attractions that are well worth a visit. The Abel Tasman National Park offer golden sand beaches, kayaking and a beautiful coastal biking track. The Tongariro National Park is famous for having three volcanoes, two ski fields, and one of the most popular hiking trails in the whole country. Another great area for tourists to visit is the Coromandel Peninsula. Only an hour away from the capital city of Auckland, this rugged coastline has plenty of beaches and hiking opportunities.

Travel Requirements

With a valid United States passport you are able to enter New Zealand for up to three months. However, with exception of Australian citizens and permanent residents, entry as a visitor does not permit employment in New Zealand.  If entering as a tourist you must have a return ticket or evidence of onward travel to enter New Zealand. If you do not then you will be required to purchase one at the airport to be allowed to check in. More information about the minimum validity of travel documents is available online.

If you are planning a trip to New Zealand it is important you take all of these things into account. If you need to travel there quickly and do not have a passport yet you need to contact a private company that can get you an overnight passport. Once you have your passport in hand you will be able to visit New Zealand and enjoy all the spectacular sites it has to offer.

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