Thinking of embarking on various adventures in New Zealand? While a New Zealand visa for US citizens is not required for short stays of up to 90 days, keep in mind as of October 1, 2019, citizens of all 60 visa-exempt countries - including the United States - must have a valid eTA New Zealand (New Zealand Electronic Authority) in order to visit the remote island nation in the Pacific Ocean. Cruise travelers are required to have a valid eTA New Zealand as well.
The eTA New Zealand is valid for 2 years for US citizens and can be used for multiple visits. Application can be done easily online and there is absolutely no need to head to a consulate or embassy physically to get your application done.
Remember to have your valid US passport and credit card or debit card on hand when paying for your eTA New Zealand as well as New Zealand's International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (i.e. tourist tax)! You may learn more about New Zealand's tourist tax here. It was first implemented back in July of this year.
Anyhow, it is always a good idea to apply for your eTA New Zealand ahead of time as applications may take some time to be processed. Approval for US citizens usually is granted within 1 business day, though some applications may take up to 3 business days.
Once approved, your eTA New Zealand will be sent to you electronically. Additionally, your eTA New Zealand will be digitally associated with your US passport. Psst, ou are out of luck if you are looking to have your passport physically stamped upon arrival!
Take note you are required to present a copy of your eTA New Zealand to border control when you set foot in New Zealand. It is recommended that you print a copy of your eTA New Zealand for convenience's sake.