New Zealand travel checklist

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

Before you go

A checklist of the most important things you need to do and pack before your trip to New Zealand.

Use the quick links below to navigate the New Zealand travel guide, or download the travel checklist to keep.

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.
  • 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?
  • Booking: Have you booked accommodation for at least the first night?
  • Transport: Do you know how you'll get from the airport to your accommodation?
  • Getting around: 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: 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 the CHOICE New Zealand travel guide onto your mobile?

To pack

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

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