Have Your Say: International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy

Submissions are due by
5pm on Sunday, 22 July 2018
Discussion document - International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy PDF Document 741kb
Submission form - International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy consultation Docx Microsoft Word Format 182kb


The number of visitors to New Zealand has grown strongly over the past few years, and growth is expected to continue.

The Government is proposing an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy to ensure our international visitors contribute to the infrastructure they use and help protect the natural environment they enjoy.

Key parts of the proposal include:

  • Most international visitors entering New Zealand for 12 months or less will be charged a levy of $25 to $35.
  • There will be some exemptions, most notably Australian citizens and permanent residents and people from most Pacific Island Forum countries.
  • The levy will be collected through visa fees and via the proposed Electronic Travel Authority process, also under consultation, for citizens of visa waiver countries.
  • The levy will collect between $57-80 million annually (depending on the rate selected), which will be split between tourism infrastructure and conservation activity.

As the proposed levy will be required to go through a legislative process, it will likely be implemented in the second half of 2019.

Read case studies [PDF 353KB] on how the levy could be spent on tourism or conservation. 

Read the Minister's announcement.

How to Make a Submission

The Government is seeking your views on ways to fund tourism infrastructure and conservation, particularly through the proposed International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy.

To make a submission, please download the submission form [DOC 182KB] and discussion document [PDF 394KB].  Further instructions are page 2 of the discussion document.

Consultation on the proposal is open until 22 July 2018. The consultation period is aligned with those of the Immigration Fees and Levies Review and the Electronic Travel Authority, acknowledging the cumulative impact these proposed changes would have on some travellers to New Zealand.

Find out more about these changes.

Related Documents

Case studies PDF Document 353kb
Release of official information regarding the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy PDF Document 846kb
Frequently asked questions Plain Text 0kb