Ensure you pack your own luggage and do not bring in bags or any items belonging to other people. Inspect everything you carry into New Zealand personally. Not knowing that illegal items are in your belongings will not be accepted as an excuse for bringing them into the country. Customs are very strict.
Before your plane lands in NZ you will be given an NZ Passenger Arrival form to fill in, this contains Immigration, Customs and Quarantine declarations. You must tick "yes" if any of the questions apply to you. If you have any problems the airline staff will be happy to help you.
At your first place of entry into New Zealand, your passport and visa will be checked. Once your documents have been verified by immigration officials you then proceed to the baggage collection area.
Items that must be declared include:
If you are unsure of any item in your luggage DECLARE IT! There is no penalty for declaring items, but an NZ$200 instant fine if you do not declare an item. For more information, visit the MAF website.
If you enter New Zealand at Auckland International airport you will need to transfer to the domestic terminal. You will find a blue line on the footpath outside the International terminal and can follow this line to the domestic terminal if you would like to walk. Otherwise, there is also a free bus which runs between the International and Domestic terminals from 6:00 am until 10:30 pm.
In Christchurch, both the International and Domestic terminals are located in the same building.
Kavanagh College provides a meeting service for all new international students.