Entry to NZ


All arriving vessels must send an  Advance notice of arrival to New Zealand Customs Service at least 48 hours before arrival.    Email the completed document to yachts@customs.govt.nz.

Please clean your bottoms :)  before moving between countries to prevent the spread of underwater pests. NZ Biosecurity now recommends you provide proof that the hull and niche areas (keel, propeller etc) were cleaned less than 30 days prior to arrival in New Zealand.  The Quarantine Officer will ask to see any receipts for the antifoul, cleaning work, records of in water cleaning in your log book and date stamped underwater photos, and they may inspect your yachts niche areas by way of an underwater camera. If the hull is not considered clean the boat may be directed to haul out to clean at your expense. For more information contact standards@mpi.govt.nz

Download :    Guide to cleaning your hull

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:

What else do you need to know?

On arrival

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.