Arrival procedures at Auckland Airport enable passengers to easily plan and go through airport safety and security processes, to allow for a smooth entry through the gateway to New Zealand. To make your experience with us convenient and pleasant, all arriving passengers have access to currency exchange, duty free shopping and many other world-class services and facilities.
Arriving in Auckland
When arriving in Auckland, passengers must proceed to the passport control point. You will need to have the following documents ready:
Once processed, you may proceed to baggage reclaim to collect your bags.
Unless you are a New Zealand citizen, resident or from a visa-free country (a full list of is available on the New Zealand Immigration Service website, details of which are listed below) you will probably be required to have a valid visa before entering New Zealand. Visitors who are not required to have a visa will still need to show:
- a return travel ticket or evidence of onward travel arrangements
- evidence that you have sufficient money available to fund your visit.
For further information about visas and other immigration requirements, please visit the New Zealand Immigration Service website at http://www.immigration.govt.nz/ or visit one of their branch offices.
Anything to declare?
After collecting your baggage, proceed to the exiting point where your passenger arrival card will be checked by an officer prior to passing through Customs and the New Zealand quarantine inspection service.
Every passenger carrying NZ$10,000 or more in cash and/or foreign currency equivalent must notify a Customs officer.
What to declare
Don't forget to declare any necessary items, as there are severe penalties for failing to declare articles that are prohibited, restricted or for which you are required to pay duty/sales tax.
For further information about what can and cannot be brought into New Zealand, please contact:
New Zealand Customs Service
Freephone: 0800 4 CUSTOMS (0800 428 786)
Phone (outside New Zealand): +64 9 300 5399
Agriculture and quarantine
MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) aims to prevent the entry of pests and diseases which could endanger New Zealand's important agriculture and horticulture industries.
It is important to remember that if you have any animal or plant item with you, or packed in your luggage, you must declare it on your passenger arrival card. Please note that unaccompanied baggage may attract inspection charges.
For further information about quarantine restrictions, please contact:
MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ)
Phone: +64 4 894 0100
Before booking a domestic flight please allow around three hours to cover procedures for entry into New Zealand, as well as any unexpected flight or processing delays.
If you are catching a domestic flight within New Zealand please go to the domestic transfer desk, after collecting your luggage and clearing Customs, on the ground floor of the international terminal.
Luggage will only be checked in if you have allowed at least one hour before the departure of any domestic flight.
If you miss this check-in time please go directly to the domestic terminal by using the free inter-terminal bus or by following the sign-posted walkway.
If your checked in luggage weighs more than 20kg, or carry on luggage more than 7kg, an excessive luggage charge may apply.
Our airport maps will show you where to go and our helpful staff are always ready to lend a hand.
Transferring to another international flight
If you are transiting in Auckland to another international flight you need to go to the transit and transfer area shown on the airport map.
Within the transit and transfer area you will undergo security screening which is required before you can board your next flight. At this screening point restrictions apply to the liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGS) that you can take through the screening point and on to your flight. Please be aware that liquids, aerosols and gels bought duty free in other airports (including alcohol, perfumes and creams) are subject to these restrictions and may be confiscated. Information on the regulations around liquids, aerosols and gels can be found here.
Once you have cleared the transit screening point the full range of Auckland Airport departures facilities are available to you including duty and tax free shopping, food and beverage facilities, showers and toilets.
Duty free shopping
JR Duty Free and DFS stores are located in arrivals for arriving passengers to make last minute duty and tax free purchases. Remember to pick up pre-ordered duty and tax free items from the respective Collection counters in the JR Duty Free or DFS stores before proceeding to the baggage claim area.
Customs information about duty free allowances is available, if you have any questions.
Duty free shopping – International Transfers
There are many duty and tax free shopping facilities for transiting passengers once you have gone through the security screening process. To complete the shopping experience stop and have a bite to eat at Café Espresso or Burger King, or enjoy a relaxing drink at Blue Bar before boarding your next flight!
Click here to see directory of shops
Travelex is the world's foreign exchange specialist, with 10 stores located in the international and domestic terminals. The exchange is open 365 days a year, for all passengers’ arriving and departing flights.
All major currencies are available from Travelex at the international and domestic terminals.