My passport allows me to travel to New Zealand without applying for a visa up to 90 days (3 months). But what does this mean? Should I buy the ticket immediately without taking into my consideration any sort of visa arrangements? And what if the immigration officer asked about what type of visa I have?
what does this mean?
It means you can visit the country without needing to get a visa before you travel.
Should I buy the ticket immediately without taking into my consideration any sort of visa arrangements?
And what if the immigration officer asked about what type of visa I have?
You would say "I am from a visa waiver country as my passport shows, and I'll be staying for less than three months as my outbound ticket shows", and show them your passport and your outbound ticket. You'll also need to give them the arrivals card (a form) that you'll have completed on the plane (cabin crew will offer them to you).
If you are in one of these groups, you are a ‘visa-waiver visitor’, and you do not need a visitor visa to travel to New Zealand. You need to apply for a visitor visa, but you will do this by completing an arrival card on the aircraft/ship on your way to New Zealand.
You must also:
hold a valid ticket out of New Zealand to a country you have the right of entry to
have enough money to support yourself during your stay
hold a passport valid for three months beyond the date you are leaving New Zealand.
The visa you are granted will allow a stay in New Zealand of no more than six months in a 12-month period. The 12-month period is calculated backwards from the last day you intend to be in New Zealand. For example, if you want to stay until 1 December 2014, you should count back 12 months, which would have been 1 December 2013.
You must only visit New Zealand for the time granted to you on arrival. If you wish to visit for longer you will need to apply for another visitor visa. If you want to work, or study for longer than three months, in New Zealand you will have to apply for a work visa or a student visa.
Visitor Visa Guide, New Zealand Immigration, August 2016