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I have a 14-hour layover in New Zealand before I have a connecting flight to Melbourne, Australia. Do I need a visa if I wanted to leave the airport and go to a hotel? I am a Canadian citizen with the Canadian passport.

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Canada is on New Zealand’s list of visa waiver countries. Canadian citizens don’t need a visa to enter New Zealand for short visits of up up to 3 months https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/transit-visa

Edit Oct2022: For visa-waiver countries like Canada, an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) is now needed before travelling.

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  • According to the page stated, above, it seems that if you leave the airport, you'll need a Visa: "With this visa you can Pass through Auckland International airport as a transit passenger – you’ll need to stay in the airport’s transit area at all times." Oct 5, 2022 at 16:17
  • They do, however, now require an NZETA: immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/… Oct 6, 2022 at 3:35
  • @lambshaanxy Thank you, I’ve updated my 2018 answer
    – Traveller
    Oct 6, 2022 at 16:24

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