Please clean your bottoms :) before moving between countries to prevent the spread of underwater pests. Clean your hull, keel and hull fittings of fouling. Wash out places where marine organisms are able to live, such as water inlets and outlets, anchor wells and cockpit areas (any places where seawater is retained). Vessels will only be allowed to arrive into NZ with a slime layer and goose barnacles. If likely to have more biofouling than the allowed threshold, you will be asked for documents for biofouling maintenance records and the operational history. In some cases, divers may inspect the vessel underwater. If there is too much biofouling MPI may: reduce your New Zealand itinerary, ask you to clean your vessel offshore using an approved treatment or within 24 hours by an approved provider in New Zealand. These measures will be at the expense of the vessel owner or operator.
Once inside New Zealand waters (12 nautical miles from the coast), the international Q-flag must be flown. Please ensure now that all rubbish is kept on board - either contained in closed, leak-proof containers or sealed in strong plastic bags. The Biosecurity officer will dispose of these on clearance at no charge.
When nearing New Zealand, radio contact is to be made by calling Maritime Radio on 4125 kHz or 6215Khs or Whangarei Harbour Radio on VHF Ch 16. Customs will be informed and you will be directed to the nearest Quarantine port of entry. For Whangarei it is in Marsden Cove Marina just after the oil refinery at 35*49.839’S 174*28.530E www.marsdencovemarina.co.nz.
Do not anchor in New Zealand waters before customs clearance. In case of emergency inform customs and possibly the NZ Coastguard for rescue via radio Channel 16.
You will be given the necessary forms on arrival, but you may consider giving attention to the issue enroute by viewing the documents involved below:
- Yachts and Small Crafts
- An Import entry (temporary) yachts and small vessels (Form C4G).
- Passenger Arrival - What You Need To Know
- Passenger Arrival Card
- For Biosecurity: six-step quarantine and biosecurity clearance procedure
- A Border Cash report
- New Zealand Customs Yacht Pack
What else do you need to know?
- What can I not bring into New Zealand?
- Hitchhiking pests (873 KB)
- Bio fouling see below
- Pets and other animals on yachts
When you tie up at your port of arrival. All people, animals and goods must remain onboard until clearance has been completed, unless there is an emergency situation.
The Customs officer will carry out the Immigration process as well for you onboard. You will be asked to fill in the the required documentation and to show a valid passport from each person onboard and your last port clearance. Most Nationalities will be given a 3 month standard visitors visa on arrival which can be extended easily for another 6 months. The marina office has the required forms for visa extensions.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (Biosecurity) staff will come aboard and ask you to complete the Masters declaration and sign it in their presence . They will carry out an inspection of the vessel, examine any animals on board, remove the vessel's rubbish, examine any bicycles and sports gear and ask for specific information about the crew, goods aboard and voyage history.
You will be asked to declare all food and 'at risk' goods. Declare these on the Masters Declaration if they are the galley stores or belong to the vessel generally and on Passenger Arrival Cards if they are goods being brought in by a specific person. If you are uncertain about anything, declare it!
All risk goods will be removed for destruction by the inspector unless you request items such as wooden items to be treated at your expense and returned to you.
Yachts normally receive full biosecurity clearance that allows them to cruise freely in New Zealand waters.
A border clearance fee of $21.57 per person will be invoiced via an email for payment afterwards.
See the Customs website for more details such as Firearms restictions, immigration contacts.