Area: 269,652 km²
Residents: 4,793,700 (estimated June 2017)
Population density: 18 E / km²
Form of Government: parliamentary monarchy
System of Government: parliamentary democracy
Neighboring countries: none (island)
State capital: Wellington National
language: English, Māori
14% Anglican Church,
13th % Roman Catholic,
10% Presbyterian Church,
0.32% Jehovah’s Witnesses
Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
1 NZD = 100 cents
1 EUR = 1.64 NZD
1 NZD = 0.61 EUR
1 CHF = 1.49 NZD
1 NZD = 0.67 CHF
(rate from 02.26.2021)
Telephone area code: +64
Time zone: NZST = UTC + 12 (April– September)
NZDT = UTC + 13 (October-March)
In 2020, 592 Germans officially emigrated to New Zealand and 793 came back to their homeland. Within the 10 years from 2010 to 2019, 11,905 Germans officially emigrated to New Zealand and 9,032 moved back to Germany. Around 14,000 Germans now live here. Over 25 percent of New Zealand’s residents are immigrants from recent years or decades.
Most New Zealanders (approx. 67%) are of European descent (called Pākehā), mostly from the British Isles, but also from Germany, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands and other European countries. With a good 14% share, the Polynesian indigenous Māori form the second largest population group, followed by a good 10% Asians (mainly Chinese and Indians).
New Zealand consists of the North and South Islands as well as numerous smaller islands. A good three million people live on the smaller North Island (around 1.3 million in the Auckland metropolitan region alone), while on the larger South Island only a million people are distributed in such a way that large parts of the country – such as Fiordland – are virtually uninhabited. Over 86 percent of the population live in cities.
It is the dream of many emigrants, the epitome of magical landscapes. The unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the world. But only those who either have the necessary capital or good specialist qualifications can immigrate.
Travel and Visa
Changed travel regulations during and after the corona pandemic
New Zealand currently does not allow foreign private yachts and boats to moor without a prior special permit. Violations, even in emergencies, are counted as illegal entry.
International entry into New Zealand is prohibited until further notice. Exceptions still exist only for New Zealand nationals and holders of permanent residence permits (“(permanent) residents”). In all other cases, a so-called border exception from the immigration authorities must be available for entry. Visit petwithsupplies for New Zealand Travel Guide.
All travelers are obliged to go into a 14-day quarantine after entry, which currently has to be completed in the facilities provided for this purpose in the vicinity of the entry airport. The newly created “Managed Isolation Allocation System” is mandatory for all travelers. According to this, a voucher must be purchased before departure as proof of a confirmed place in a state quarantine facility, which must be proven to the airline before departure; otherwise the flight cannot be taken.
The vouchers can be purchased online via the “ Management Isolation Allocation System ”. In addition to the two mandatory COVID-19 tests during the ordered quarantine, a COVID-19 test will be carried out upon entry. The only exceptions are those arriving from Australia, Antarctica or the Pacific Islands.
Since January 25, 2021, all travelers (including those in transit) are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test no longer than 72 hours ago. The 72 hours refer to the period before the departure of the first international flight. Information on the exact requirements for the COVID-19 test before departure and exceptions to the test verification requirement can be found on the website of the New Zealand government. If they are not presented, fines will be charged.
Source: Federal Foreign Office on July 24th, 2021
General provisions for travel and residence (until the corona pandemic)
If you want to travel to New Zealand for less than 3 months, you do not need a visa as a German, Austrian or Swiss citizen. All you need is a valid passport that is valid for at least one month after your return journey, a return or onward flight ticket and enough money to live on during the stay (1,000 NZD or € 500 per person per month or 400 NZD or € 200 per person in Month if the accommodation has already been paid for).