Australian High Commission
New Zealand
High Commission address: 72-76 Hobson Street, Thorndon, Wellington - Telephone: +64 (0)4 473 6411 - Fax: +64 (0)4 498 7135

Australian High Commission, New Zealand

Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand

Mr Michael Potts is Australia’s High Commissioner to New Zealand, with concurrent accreditation to the Cook Islands and Niue. The High Commissioner's welcome message is available here.

Reminder about passport validity when travelling to Australia

Australia requires that your passport must be valid only for the period of your intended travel in and out of Australia. There is no requirement for your passport to be valid for six months after your travel.

Office Contact Details and Opening Hours

Australian High Commission (Wellington)

72-76 Hobson St, Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand
PO Box 4036, Wellington, New Zealand
Phone: (64 4) 473 6411
Fax: (64 4) 498 7135

Passport counter hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm.

The Australian High Commission will be closed on the following days in 2015:
Monday 19 January 2015
Friday 6 February 2015
Monday 9 March 2015
Friday 3 April 2015
Monday 6 April 2015
Monday 27 April 2015
Monday 1 June 2015
Friday 23 October 2015
Monday 26 October 2015
Thursday 24 December 2015
Friday 25 December 2015
Monday 28 December 2015

Australian Consulate-General (Auckland)

Level 7, Price Waterhouse Coopers Tower, 186-194 Quay St, Auckland, New Zealand
Private Bag 92023, Victoria St West, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Phone (64 9) 921 8800 - Option 1 for Visa Enquiries and Option 3 for Passport Enquiries
Fax (64 9) 921 8820 - Passports and Austrade
Fax (64 9) 921 8822 - Visas

Passport counter hours: Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.00pm.

The Australian Consulate-General will be closed on the following days in 2015:
Monday 26 January 2015
Friday 6 February 2015
Friday 3 April 2015
Monday 6 April 2015
Monday 27 April 2015
Monday 1 June 2015
Friday 23 October 2015
Monday 26 October 2015
Thursday 24 December 2015
Friday 25 December 2015
Monday 28 December 2015
Thursday 31 December 2015


New South Wales (NSW) State Election - 28 March 2015

The New South Wales (NSW) State election will take place on 28 March 2015. Voting services will NOT be available at Australian overseas missions. All eligible voters who will be overseas on election day can use the iVote system online to lodge their vote. To register and vote using the iVote system, visit the iVote website or call +61 2 9290 5287. Further information on the election, including enrolment and early voting can be found on the NSW Electoral Commission website and the Smartraveller website.

What is the iVote® System?

iVote® Frequently Asked Questions

iVote® NSW State Election

Humanitarian Response in the Pacific- The FRANZ Arrangement

The Pacific is vulnerable to an array of natural hazards including cyclones, floods, earthquakes, tsunami, and volcanic activity. Sometimes the magnitude of an event is greater than a country can respond to on its own. The FRANZ Arrangement between France, Australia, and New Zealand was established in 1992 to exchange information and to ensure effective coordination of humanitarian response in the Pacific. For more information on the FRANZ Arrangement please click here.

Cricket World Cup 2015

Two countries, one visa for Cricket World Cup 2015.

For information on applying for a visa for the Cricket World Cup, visit:


Visa Application Checklists:

1) Temporary Work Short Stay Activity Application (subclass 400)

2) Tourist Visa Application (subclass 600)

Upcoming passport and notarial visits (South Island)

The Australian High Commission is planning visits to the South Island (NZ) to provide Passport interviews and Notarial services.

**Please contact us early to register your interest in an appointment**.

Proposed (indicative) dates:
March 2015          Dunedin Dates to be Advised – register your interest with us.

To register your interest in an appointment please:
Email: or
Telephone: 04 473 6411 (select option 2 — passport enquiries)

Please have on hand information such as:
1. Preferred location you would like the appointment.
2. Name and contact details of person attending appointment (mobile/email).
3. Type of appointment required (First Adult/Renewing Adult/Child Passport, Witnessing/Statutory Declaration/Notarial).
4. Preferred time of appointment.

Closer to the date of the visit we will contact you to confirm your appointment and go over what you will need to bring with you.
We will also confirm venue location, cost of the services and what payments we will be able to take on the day (some locations will not have EFTPOS available).

If there is enough interest additional days may be added.

Australians in New Zealand

The Australian High Commission on Facebook and Twitter

Be sure to keep up with the latest on all things Australian via the Australian High Commission’s new Facebook page, Australia in New Zealand, and Twitter account, @AusHCNZ.

Travel advice for Australians visiting New Zealand

For Australians visiting New Zealand, please see the following link for our travel advice:

For information on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Consular Privacy Collection policy, please see here.


Online lodgement for visitor visas from 9 May 2014

From 9 May 2014, the Australian Government is providing online access to nationals of Pacific Island countries amongst others (including Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) to apply for a Visitor Visa (visa subclass 600). For more information, see Visas and immigration.

Superannuation portability between Australia and New Zealand

Do you have superannuation savings in Australia? Superannuation funds became portable between Australia and New Zealand on 1 July 2013. For further detail, see this media release.

Information on how this arrangement affects Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) regulated super funds is available here.

Information for individuals regarding the portability scheme is available here.

If you have further questions regarding the portability scheme, please contact the Australian Taxation Office directly on +61 2 6216 1111 or visit

As part of the process, you will need to have a Statutory Declaration signed in front of an Australian Diplomatic or Consular Officer, or an authorised Australian in New Zealand. For information on how we can provide this service, please see: Statutory Declarations

Quick links

Information about applying for a visa to Australia

Information about applying for an Australian passport

Frequently asked questions 


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