International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL)
Starting on July 1, 2019, U.S. citizens traveling to New Zealand for tourism, some student programs, or short-term business will have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). This levy will be assessed when a person applies for an NZeTA (required starting October 1, see next paragraph) or New Zealand visa. The IVL costs 35 New Zealand dollars (NZD) per person. The IVL will not be required of passengers that are transiting New Zealand on a transit visa or transit ETA.
New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA)
Starting on October 1, 2019, all U.S. citizens who will be traveling to or transiting through New Zealand under the visa waiver program will be required to have an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority). This is true for cruise ship passengers as well. It can take up to 72 hours to process an NZeTA so we encourage all citizens to apply well in advance of their trip to New Zealand. The NZeTA is valid for multiple visits for up to two years. The NZeTA request system will be available from July 2019 but the specific launch date has not yet been specified. The cost of the NZeTA depends on the system used to request it: if you apply utilizing the forthcoming mobile app, it will cost 9 NZD; if you apply on the website, it will cost 12 NZD.
If your NZeTA application is denied, you will need to apply for a visa. See the New Zealand Embassy website for directions on how to apply.