Superyacht Support NZ assists all visiting vessels and superyachts with the arrival formalities. We will ensure you have the friendliest Customs, Immigration and Biosecurity Officers attend the yacht on arrival.


Biofouling Requirements

New Zealand has many beautiful marine environments and needs to protect them from harmful pests and diseases. After May 2018, all vessels must arrive in New Zealand Territory with a “clean hull” according to introduced biosecurity requirements. The definition of a clean hull varies according to a vessel’s itinerary. Please check with us for the latest updates and how best to prepare for your smooth arrival.

Biofouling Requirements in NZ

Biosecurity Requirements

New Zealand is known for its strict rules on what you can bring into the country. The majority of restricted or prohibited items are those, which pose a biosecurity risk to the country’s unique environment. For this reason, it is best to be mindful about what you need to declare when arriving in New Zealand.

Risk items that are either restricted or prohibited entry may include:


  • FOODSTUFFS including pork and poultry, fruit, vegetables, eggs, dairy products, honey and bee products
  • RUBBISH – particularly food waste
  • PLANTS – no plants or parts of plants may be landed in New Zealand
  • CITES (endangered species items), e.g. clam and conch shells, coral, turtle shells and ivory
  • LIVE ANIMALS – in general, no animals will be permitted to come ashore in New Zealand or to remain aboard a vessel in New Zealand territorial waters. Special permits and exemptions are required to bring live animals/pets into the country onboard the yacht.
  • HITCHIKERS – Any known contamination with hitchhiker organisms (termites, ants, mosquito larvae, moth egg masses, spiders, hull biofouling)
  • Used outdoor and water activity GEAR must be declared
Please note this list is by no means exhaustive. Check with us for the latest updates and how best to prepare for your arrival.

New Zealand Visa

Does your crew need a Visa? Please check with us to ensure your crew come under the Visa Waiver Scheme or discuss how to process a Superyacht Crew Visa, Owner Visitor Visa for travelling to New Zealand.

Some visitors and transit passengers can travel to New Zealand without a visa if they get a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) before they travel. It is much the same thing as ESTA or ETA in USA or Canada. Please speak to our team if you need one in place.

Ports of Entry

Your first place of arrival in New Zealand must be a port or marina that is approved to receive yachts and other recreational vessels from overseas. Please refer to the list:

  • Opua, Opua Marine Park
  • Whangarei, Marsden Cove Marina
  • Ports of arrival in Auckland:
    Viaduct Harbour Marina and Silo Park Marina
  • Tauranga, Vessel Works Marine Precinct
  • Picton, Port of Marlborough
  • Lyttelton, Lyttelton Port of Christchurch

Arriving elsewhere is only permitted if there is an emergency or if the Captain applied for and received prior approval from MPI through the yacht agency.

Destination Cruising

Click here to download the official Cruising New Zealand Guide. It provides overview of the regulatory requirements for vessels planning to visit New Zealand and a directory of NZ Marine companies providing products and services to visiting yachts.