If you’re an Australian citizen you will usually be allowed to live, work or study in New Zealand and won't need to apply for any type of visa before travelling. You will need to:
If you are an Australian permanent resident entering New Zealand with a valid passport, you will normally be granted a residence class visa (at the airport) to enter and stay, work and study in New Zealand, provided you have completed your arrival card correctly and truthfully.
You do not need a physical label in your passport as in most cases Immigration New Zealand will recognise Australian permanent resident visas issued electronically.
You can still be refused residence however if you are not of good character (you will be required to make a character declaration by completing the character section of your arrival card).
Can I get a NZ Permanent Resident Visa issued in my passport?
There is a way to qualify for this visa. Please read the information on this page for help with this process.
If you are a temporary Australian Resident, you may need a visa to visit NZ (please assess your ability to travel without a visa).
If you wish to study, work or live in NZ (click on the link relevant to your travel intentions for application process), you will need to hold an appropriate visa in your passport before you travel to New Zealand.
What about other government services (like health, pension, taxes, etc.) that may be available to Australian Citizens/residents?
As we are only able to advise you on matters concerning immigration, we recommend that you contact the relevant government bodies for information on any services they may provide to Australian citizens/residents.
This answer was last updated on 2 September, 2013.
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