Malaysian travellers are warmly welcomed in New Zealand, and they are visiting this country in droves. In 2017 alone, more than 56,000 Malaysians chose to visit New Zealand on holiday, for business purposes and for study. If you’re interested in travelling from Malaysia to New Zealand, the following brief travel guide will give you the details you need to know:

Most Popular Times to Travel to From Malaysia to New Zealand

There’s never a bad time to take a trip from Malaysia to New Zealand; however, there are several months of the year that stand out as being the times Malaysian travellers typically prefer to visit:

Early November Through the End of December

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In early November, the Hindu festival of Deepavali is an occasion that some Malaysian merry-makers traditionally celebrate with gift-giving, fireworks and specially-prepared meals. They also sometimes choose to celebrate this holiday by travelling to New Zealand.

This is an excellent time of year to visit. Our summer begins in December, so travellers at this time of year will typically enjoy warm, agreeable weather. If you enjoy outdoor sports and activities, it’s especially worthwhile to travel to Auckland during these months.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year usually falls in the month of February, which is the end of summertime in New Zealand. This is a lovely time of year to visit, as the weather is still pleasantly warm. It’s an ideal time to enjoy outdoor activities such as an adventure tour or Lord of the Rings tour.

The Last Week of May Through the First Week of June

May and June are excellent months to visit New Zealand if you want to take a ski tour, or if you’re looking for an outstanding bargain on your trip. This time of year tends to be cold in the popular travel destination of Auckland. These months are outside the peak travel season, so diligent shoppers can sometimes find enticing travel incentives. If you don’t do much travelling in cold weather, you may find our tips for tourists from southeast Asia helpful to read.

Hari Raya Korban and Hari Raya Puasa in July or October

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Muslim travellers sometimes choose to spend their Hari Raya holidays with us here in New Zealand. There are many excellent reasons to visit at these times of the year. Skiing and snowboarding are still in full swing in July. By October, we’ve reached the mid-spring season. There’s likely still snow on the ground in some parts of the country, and it’s still outside the peak travel season.

You’re still typically able to find some excellent skiing and snowboarding opportunities to take advantage of at this time. If hiking is the activity you enjoy most, October is a lovely month to visit New Zealand; our hiking trails are un-crowded to the point of being nearly deserted in the month of October. Do be sure to check the weather forecast before you hit the trails.

No Visa Is Typically Needed for Brief Trips from Malaysia to New Zealand for Malaysian Passport Holders

Malaysia is a country that enjoys visa waiver status with New Zealand. This means that you will probably not need to apply for a visa before visiting New Zealand from Malaysia, assuming you hold a valid, current Malaysian passport and you are not planning to stay in the country for longer than 3 months.

Driving in New Zealand Using Your Malaysian Driver’s License

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Our self-driving tours are extremely popular with Malaysian visitors. It’s easy to arrange one of these if you’re visiting New Zealand on holiday from Malaysia. Under most circumstances, you will not need to apply for a new driver’s license in New Zealand; our government will honour your Malaysian driver’s license as long as it is written in English or you have a suitable translation.

If you’re thinking of planning a trip from Malaysia to New Zealand, we encourage you to give us a call at +64 2191 0433. We can help you customise the ideal holiday travel package, no matter which time of year you prefer to visit. We invite you to get in touch with us soon to discuss your travel plans.