Anyone travelling to New Zealand (including New Zealand and Australian citizens) must have a valid passport/travel document when entering New Zealand.
There are also rules regarding how long must your passport be valid for, in order to be acceptable.
In the case of NZ and Australian passport holders or NZ residents/Australian permanent residents (with current travel conditions), your passport must be valid for enough time to allow you to travel to New Zealand (ie, it must be valid on the date you are entering/leaving NZ).
However, in the case of people coming to New Zealand temporarily (eg. visitors, students, workers who are not Australian or NZ passport/permanent residence holders), the passport must be valid either:
Our policy also lists specific passports that are not acceptable for travel.
The list is available in policy A2.15 of our Operational Manual.
This answer was last updated on 13 February, 2014.
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