Australian yachts can come to New Zealand but owners’ family and friends who either have an Australian passport or have been allowed into Australia can fly to New Zealand through the Australian/New Zealand trans-Tasman bubble and join their vessel.
Key points for superyacht visitors. 



Destination New Zealand
– 24-months temporary entry of vessels A cruising yacht is entitled to visit New Zealand for up to 24 months without the need for the yacht to be imported to New Zealand. A Temporary Import Entry (TIE) certificate will need to be applied for from New Zealand Customs prior to arrival.
– Superyacht charter allowed Visiting superyachts complying with Maritime NZ requirements, are welcome to charter in New Zealand. This is best arranged through a local superyacht agent, who will process the necessary paperwork with Government departments.
– Visiting vessels exempt Goods & Services Tax (GST) of 15%. A visiting yacht (entered on a ‘Temporary Import Entry’) may purchase goods (equipment) and services ‘zero rated’ of GST if the goods or services are to form part of the yacht and exported with the yacht. This also includes berthage costs, repairs or refit work completed while in New Zealand. The process is simple with the GST not charged at point of purchase on production of the TIE certificate.
– Operational logistics for crew. Crew are not required to pay tax providing they are not present in New Zealand for more than 365 days in any two-year period and are not employed by a New Zealand resident/New Zealand-controlled company.
– NZ Cruising Guide NZ Marine has published a comprehensive information guide and directory for visiting superyachts and smaller cruising craft, unlike anything else available in the world. 

Visiting the South Pacific
Tahiti Current regulation allows yachts over 24m in length to stay 36 months. Yachts under 24m are allowed 24 months.

Fiji 
Current regulation allows yachts under and over 24m to stay 18 months.

Australia 
Australia has a 12 month TIE (temporary import entry) which can be extended twice up to 36 months. After this period the yacht needs to leave Australian waters for 12 months before re-entering.

“We have been waiting over a year now and are very excited that yachts and their owners, leaving from Australia, can come to New Zealand. It presents the opportunity for cruising and superyachts to enjoy New Zealand’s cruising grounds, and superyacht regattas; the New Zealand Millennium Cup and the various regattas planned for 2022 by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron,” says CEO of the NZ Marine Industry Association, Peter Busfield.

“Combining this with superyachts now being able to charter in both New Zealand and Australia, we see Australians and Kiwis able to get their overseas experience in style by chartering a superyacht in either country for a holiday of a lifetime,” he added. 

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