Due to the increase in visitors, the New Zealand Government is implementing an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy. The cost of this levy for U.S. tourists will be $35.00 per person. The levy is still being written into legislation and is predicted to start in the latter half of 2019.
The levy will be payable through a new Electronic Travel Authority, or ETA. (You may be familiar with ETAs if you have previously traveled to Australia.) The ETA fee has not been confirmed yet, but for a U.S. tourist it is estimated to cost between $9.00 – $12.50 per person.
This brings the total fees to travel to New Zealand, once these changes are implemented, to between $44.00 – $47.50 per person. We at Alpine Hunting can help walk you through this process - but no need to worry until an official start date has been announced!
The levy is estimated to bring in $80 million in its first year alone, and those funds will be used toward tourism infrastructure and conservation efforts. The New Zealand Government is currently working with conservation, local government, and tourism industry stakeholders to finalize the specifics on how the money will be used.
We will keep you updated with any developments and implementation dates!