A Brief Guide to Visiting New Zealand for American Citizens
Leah Walker May 25, 2019

New Zealand is a stunning country that is attracting more visitors as each year passes. A lot of that increase is coming from North America. For example, in 2017 the number of American citizens visiting New Zealand was up by 5%. So, with this in mind, I thought I would share a few travel tips with my American readers.

Do you need a visa to visit New Zealand?

If you are an American Citizen with a valid U.S. passport, visiting New Zealand for up to 90 days, then you don’t need a visa. About three-quarters of American visitors go on to visit another country before returning home. The good news is that usually you do not need a visa for those either. For example, US citizens can travel to Australia for up to 90 days without a visa. However, it is worth going online and checking the latest information before booking your flights.

An Up-to Date Passport

Your passport needs to be valid for a further 6 months after you depart from the USA. Two blank pages need to be available for entry and exit stamps.

Travel Insurance

Regardless, of where you are traveling to in the world you need a good travel insurance policy. New Zealand is a safe country with a reliable healthcare network. A good policy will enable you to access the necessary services and claim back most of your costs.

If you are planning to travel to some of the more remote spots make sure that the cost of transport to the nearest medical center or hospital is covered. Sometimes this has to be done by helicopter, which is always very expensive.

You need to make sure that your policy covers you for a wide range of adventure activities. New Zealanders love to get outdoors and explore their natural surroundings. You can experience virtually every adventure sport you can think of during your stay. The list includes, rock climbing, abseiling, canyoning, horse riding, mountain biking and far more besides. Being insured for these activities will enable you to take full advantage of them.

Renting a Car

New Zealand is a big country and public transport is limited. The major cities are very well-connected, but traveling beyond them without a car is not easy. So, if you really want to explore you will need some sort of vehicle.

Renting camper vans is becoming increasingly popular. Often, doing this will save you quite a bit of money. The cost of accommodation in New Zealand is relatively high with a typical 4 or 5-star hotel costing between $180 and $300. So, sometimes renting a advice is the best option. It is convenient and also provides you with the opportunity to save even more money by cooking your own food.

Where to Find out More

Before you book your trip, go online, and check the official government travel advice for New Zealand. Usually, there are no problems, but it never hurts to double check.

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Leah Walker

Leah has a marketing management company specializing in strategy, content creation and implementation for luxury brands and destinations. She's also a luxury travel and food writer who has as many stories as she does shoes. Leah documents her experiences whether that's in the lap of luxury or riding through a swamp in an airboat. She sometimes freelances and has contributor/editor roles with The Daily Meal, USA Today 10 Best, Bonjour Paris, France Today, Luxe Beat Magazine, Four Seasons Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, and is a travel and wine ambassador for Atout France USA. Leah's lived in Paris for four years, and was awarded additional time with a Passeport Talent visa renewal. Though, her talent for speaking French is abysmal.

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