NZ Arrival Information

New Zealand Arrival Information

Asia Pacific Superyachts assist all visiting vessels and Superyachts with the arrival process in New Zealand. Make contact today for the latest forms and how best to prepare for your arrival. We will have the friendliest Customs and Biosecurity Officers attend the vessel on arrival. 

Does your crew need a Visa? Please check with Duthie to ensure your crew come under the Visa Waiver Scheme or discuss how to process a Superyacht Crew / Owner Visitor Visa.


New Zealand is largely free of many of the pests and diseases found in other countries. To keep such pests and diseases out, and to protect their native species, New Zealand has fairly strict Biosecurity rules.

The following items are prohibited:

  • Avian meat (chicken, turkey) and eggs
  • Fresh fruit, vegetables and fungi
  • Honey, pollen, propolis, honeycombs and other bee products
  • All live animals, pets, birds, bird’s eggs, fish and insects
  • Live plants, plant cuttings, bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers
  • Fresh cut flowers and foliage
  • Lei, and lei materials
  • Straw packaging
  • Coral, ivory, snakeskin, crocodile products or whale bone including ornaments, jewellery, souvenirs and handicrafts
  • Clam, turtle and tortoise shells

There is a list of Items that need to be declared on arrival, for more information about entry procedures when arriving in New Zealand please contact Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ – Duthie Lidgard + 64 21 409 802 , or email

Implementation of New Zealand’s biofouling regulations. (mandatory from May 2018)

Below is information about new biofouling regulations and how superyachts can comply.

In May 2018, the Craft Risk Management Standard (CRMS) for Biofouling will go into effect. This new standard will require that all vessels entering New Zealand Territory arrive with a “clean hull”. The thresholds for what constitutes a clean hull is dependent on a vessel’s itinerary- “short stay” vessels are those intending to stay in New Zealand for 20 days or less and to only visit ports designated as Places of First Arrival, and “long stay” vessels are those intending to stay for 21 days or more or to visit ports not designated as Places of First Arrival. As superyachts often come to New Zealand for extended periods of time and/or visit areas of high ecological significance that are not designated Places of First Arrival (i.e. Milford Sound), most will fall into the long stay category, and will have to comply with more stringent biofouling thresholds. Under the CRMS, long stay vessels will only be allowed a slime layer and gooseneck barnacles as fouling on all hull and niche areas.

Download a fact sheet regarding the CRMS and how superyachts can comply with the new regulations.

For more information, please visit MPI’s biofouling management page, where you can view a copy of the CRMS and specific guidance for recreational vessels.

Please feel free to contact Duthie Lidgard from Asia Pacific Superyachts +64 21 409 802 or email with any inquiries regarding the CRMS and how you can comply. 

Pilotage Areas

You will need to be aware of New Zealand Coastal Pilotage Area Restrictions as you plan your New Zealand coastal crusing itinerary. Links to port-specific information are provided below for most ports.

The Maritime Safety Authority of NZ also provide the area description details for each port in Part 90 of the Maritime Rules for Pilotage. That can be downloaded here. Please also note that vessels over 500GT or 40m LOA are restricted from entering some areas.

Ports of Entry - listed north to south

Superyachts exceeding 500GT are required to report to the local Harbourmasters office upon arrival on the NZ coast.

Whangarei/North Port (500gt)  View Pilotage Information

Auckland (500gt)    View and download port pilotage Information

Tauranga (250gt)  Download port and pilotage information

Gisborne/ Eastland Port (500gt)   Contact Eastland Port by email

Napier (500gt or 40m Loa) - Download port guide with pilotage information

Taranaki/New Plymouth (100gt)   View and download Pilotage Information

Wellington/Centre Port (500gt)  View and download pilotage information

Picton/Port Marlborough (500gt)  View port and pilotage information

Port Nelson (40m Loa)   View pilotage information

Lyttelton (500gt or 40m Loa)  View port and pilotage information

Timaru/Prime Port(500gt or 40m Loa)  View Marine Services information

Bluff/South Port (100gt)   View Pilotage Information

Otago/Port Chalmers (500gt)   View pilotage information

Other ports

Taharoa (500gt) Pilotage is compulsory - contact harbourmaster

Manukau (500gt)   Download harbour maps and information

Queen Charlotte Sound (500gt) and Tory Channel (350gt) -
Contact Picton Pilot Services

Greymouth (100 gt)   Brief information and email contacts

Westport (100gt or 3 meter draft) - Brief information and email contacts

Stewart island (500gt) - contact South Port

Fiordland - All Sounds (500gt) - contact South Port

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