New Zealand is generally a safe place with pleasant atmosphere to visit, study and work.
Nonetheless, Malaysian visitors are expected to be vigilant at all times. The High Commission occasionally receives reports of stolen personal belongings especially from unattended vehicles. Do not leave possessions in unattended vehicles even if out of sight or a locked boot. Do not leave valuables in hotel/motel rooms, but use safe boxes when available. More importantly, keep passports, travellers' cheques and credit cards with you at all times.
Considering that New Zealand is a country that is prone to natural disasters, Malaysian visitors are advised to follow instructions given by local authorities from time to time. Over the years, more travellers have involved in vehicle accidents as well. Therefore, Malaysian visitors who opt to drive in New Zealand are highly advised to drive according to road and weather conditions.
TRAVEL REQUIREMENT FOR MALAYSIAN VISITORS TRAVELING TO NEW ZEALAND EFFECTIVE FROM 1 OCTOBER 2019
With effect from 1 October 2019, international visitors and transit passengers from 60 visa waiver countries and 24 transit visa waiver countries (including Malaysian passport holders) are required to obtain the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) prior to travelling to New Zealand. The cost to apply for NZeTA is NZ$9 (via mobile app) and NZ$12 (via website) and each NZeTA is valid for up to two (2) years.
However, individuals who hold a valid visa for New Zealand (including a Permanent Resident Visa, or visa to work or study) do not need an NZeTA before they travel to New Zealand.
International visitors are also required to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) of NZ$35. The payment of IVL would be charged for each application for NZeTA or visa. Visitors on transit need not pay IVL.
Further details on the matter can be referred through official links of the New Zealand Immigration (for NZeTA) via www.immigration.govt.nz/nzeta; and the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (for IVL) via www.mbie.govt.nz/ivl.