New Zealand travel checklist


Tickets, money, passport! Your essential New Zealand to-do list and packing list.

Before you go


To do

  • Passport: Is it up to date? You need a valid passport to enter New Zealand.
  • Visa: Most Australians don't need one, but have you checked the entry requirements?
  • Vaccinations: Are all your routine vaccinations up to date?
  • Travel insurance: Are you covered? Travel insurance is essential, even in New Zealand. (See which policies we recommend).
  • Safety: Have you registered your travel plans with smartraveller and checked the latest safety advice on the region you're travelling to?
  • Money: Have you told your bank you're going overseas and do you know how you'll be paying for things in New Zealand?
  • Accommodation: Have you booked accommodation for at least the first night?
  • Transfers: Do you know how you'll get from the airport to your accommodation? (See our guide to New Zealand airports).
  • Transport: Do you know how you'll get around, and do you need to pre-book any tickets or car hire?
  • Driving: If you're planning on hiring a car, do you have the appropriate licence and are you familiar with the road rules?
  • Phone and internet: Have you switched off data roaming and voicemail? If you're planning to use a local or travel SIM, is your phone unlocked?
  • Apps: Have you downloaded offline maps, travel apps or currency conversion apps onto your mobile?

To pack

  • Tickets
  • Money (cash and cards)
  • Passport
  • A copy of your travel insurance details
  • Your Medicare card (Why? Australians are covered under the reciprocal health care agreement)
  • A list of emergency contacts at home and in New Zealand
  • Any regular medication (no more than three months' worth, in original packaging, with prescriptions/a letter from your doctor)

Tip: You'll need to declare any prescription medication to New Zealand customs. Medication must be carried in its original packaging, with the prescription or a letter from your doctor. You can take no more than three months' supply into New Zealand (a six month supply of oral contraceptives is the exception). For more information, see customs.govt.nz.


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