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Travelling to New Zealand

Orakei Marae, Auckland City

Orakei Marae, Auckland 

Information for International Delegates

All visitors to New Zealand must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the intended stay in New Zealand.

Participants from countries which 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 found on Immigration New Zealand's website:

Applying for a visitor Visa

Visa application forms may be found on Immigration New Zealand website:

Time Frames

We recommend that applicants apply for their visa at least 6 weeks before they intend to travel. You can find information on where to apply and what the visa fees are at:

We are unable to fast-track visa applications; therefore, delegates are advised to lodge visa application at least 6 weeks before the Forum.

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.

We have 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 can be found on Delegates are therefore advised to take great care and declare any and all necessary items on your arrivals card.  You will be required to present your completed arrivals card to biosecurity officials after clearing passport control and collecting your baggage.

Auckland International Airport Facilities

Auckland International Airport has a range of facilities including automatic teller machines, currency exchange services, post office, duty-free shopping, dining, public amenities, free WiFi, telephones and trolleys. Detailed information regarding this airport can be found on the website:

Duty-Free Allowances

Detailed information regarding duty-free allowances can be found on the website:

Transportation from Auckland International Airport to the Langham

Delegates need to make and meet the cost of their own transport arrangements from Auckland International Airport to the Forum venue.

A taxi fare from Auckland International Airport to The Langham is around NZ$70.

Both Corporate Cabs and Co-op Taxis offer an airport meet and greet service.

Corporate Cabs can be contacted by:


Bookings can also be made online at:

Co-op Taxis can be contacted by:

Super Shuttle offers a shared ride option. The approximate cost for the trip from the airport to the city 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

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