Exemption for visiting vessels and yachts with refits/repairs booked-in with NZ marine industry companies
The New Zealand government is, from July 2020, allowing foreign-flagged vessels and yachts with booked-in refits or repairs to enter New Zealand.
“New Zealand is respected for its world-class trades people and has many sheltered harbours and ports where clusters of marine industry companies are well-equipped to service local and visiting vessels.
The New Zealand Government understands the huge economic value that visiting commercial vessels and yachts bring to the NZ marine industry and we are delighted that they have quickly responded to our industry’s request to allow foreign flagged vessels, with work to be done, to be allowed into our country,” says executive director of NZ Marine, Peter Busfield.
The refits, repairs or refurbishment on a vessel/yacht applying for an exemption must be of substantial nature and not less NZ$50,000 in cost.
The new exemption rules also allow a vessel/yacht to be delivered to a business in New Zealand. For example, a vessel delivered on its own hull or on a ship to an agent that is selling the vessel in New Zealand, or a vessel being delivered to a commercial operator, are all also allowed entry. The border exemption does not allow vessels travelling for leisure to enter the country.
NZ Marine, in association with the Ministry of Health, MBIE, Immigration NZ and Maritime NZ, have developed a step-by-step guide to the process to apply for a border exemption for a visiting vessel.
This guide is available to NZ Marine member superyacht agents and NZ Marine member boat yards which can assist visiting yachts wishing to visit New Zealand with the vessel/yachts with a border exemption application. These companies can be found on nzmarine.com.
The New Zealand air and sea border is closed to all non-New Zealand nationals due to Covid-19. New Zealand requires all returning New Zealand nationals to go into Government-provided isolation accommodation for 14 days after arrival and to have a Covid-19 test after three days and then after 12 days of going into isolation.
New Zealand, with a total population of five million, has only 22 active cases of Covid-19 – all returning New Zealand residents currently within isolation centres – and no active Covid-19 cases in the community. There are no restrictions of activity within New Zealand with NZ Marine’s own Auckland Boat Show set to go ahead on 8th to 11th October on Auckland’s waterfront.
“As the first major boat show of the year in Australasia for 2020, we’re expecting huge crowds,” says Busfield.
The New Zealand industry, with its spring /summer season starting in October, is looking forward to a busy season with visiting yachts now seeking to visit New Zealand for refit and safe haven.
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Destination & Cruising New Zealand 2020 e-book to your desktop
NZ Marine has published a new information guide and directory for visiting superyachts and smaller cruising craft, unlike anything else available in the world.
The Destination & Cruising New Zealand book combines destination information, detailed up-to-date information of the regulatory requirements for vessels planning to visit New Zealand, as well as a directory of over 100 NZ Marine member companies which provide services and products to visiting craft.
Published in book format and in an interactive electronic format available via the linked headline above, Destination & Cruising New Zealand is the result of a team effort from NZ Marine, member companies, Tourism NZ and government departments. The publication collates highly-useable material about New Zealand’s stunning cruising areas, as well as the regulations frequently required by owners and crew of visiting yachts, alongside a comprehensive refit directory.
Welcome to New Zealand!
Created as part of Tourism New Zealand’s (TNZ) superyacht activity to improve awareness of New Zealand as a cruising and chartering destination, the video was produced with the Mayer family while travelling on their superyacht The Big Blue in New Zealand.
A visit to New Zealand encompasses so many different experiences. From Auckland’s designer shopping and delicious dining to the sheltered, sandy bays of the North and the rugged peaks and snow-topped pinnacles of the South, there’s something to suit every taste and endless sights to see.
Discover more about this beautiful country and its vibrant marine industry, and find out what you’ll need to do before you arrive.
We want your experiences in our country to be positive ones! NZ Marine’s affiliate website, Discover Boating, offers comprehensive safety information for boaties and mariners sailing in New Zealand waters.
Visit the Discover Boating website for information on safety equipment, navigation, the rules of the road, protecting New Zealand’s biodiversity and more.
The Boating Map
An interactive, searchable map featuring camping grounds and boating information about boat ramps, yacht and boating clubs, weather and more. Looking for somewhere new for your next holiday? Use The Boating Map to plan your trip – on-land or on-water.
The Boating Map is a fantastic resource for all New Zealand.
The Touring Map
Provided by Tourism New Zealand, the Touring Map will take you on a journey around some of New Zealand’s most beautiful roads, and showcase our beautiful country at its best – that is, while you still have ground below your feet!
A Captain’s account through New Zealand
The northern part of the North Island is geographically sub-tropical and the southern part of the South Island is very close to the Southern Ocean and the sub-Antarctic islands. For this reason, New Zealand offers a unique cruising experience contained within only 1000 miles of coastline between the two islands.
The main port of entry for most superyachts visiting New Zealand is Auckland. The vessel can re-provision here, with access to all the provisions, wines and delicacies that the chef needs to be able to provide the owner.