The British High Commission in Wellington, together with the British Consulate-General in Auckland, represents the UK government in New Zealand. We are also here to support and protect UK interests in Pitcairn Island and Samoa.

Our two offices work together to support the full range of British interests in New Zealand, building Britain’s prosperity through increased trade and investment in open markets and supporting British nationals who visit and live in New Zealand through our consular services answering over 3,000 enquiries yearly.

Our services


For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the UK Border Agency website

Births, deaths and marriages

Information on how you can register a birth or death which occurred overseas, and legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.


For information on how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport, please visit the overseas passport section of this website. Our consulates cannot handle individual enquiries about passport applications. If you want to make an appointment, contact your nearest consulate, and select option 2 then option 1.

Emergency travel documents

We may be able to provide an emergency travel document if you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, you should contact your nearest consulate as soon as possible.

For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at your nearest consulate.

Please call your nearest consulate for advice before making an appointment if:

  • you have never applied for a British passport before
  • you are applying on behalf of a child

An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country. Read what an emergency travel document does.

Travel advice

Information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling abroad, with links to our embassies, high commissions and other diplomatic posts across the world.

Living in New Zealand

Advice for British people living in New Zealand, including information on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more.

Our people

Jonathan Sinclair LVO

Jonathan Sinclair LVO

British High Commissioner to New Zealand

Contact us

British High Commission New Zealand

British High Commission
44 Hill Street

Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday - 9.00am to 5.00pm
Consular visiting hours
Monday to Friday - 9.00am to 1.00pm

Access and opening times

British Consulate-General Auckland

British Consulate-General Auckland
Level 17
151 Queen Street 1142
New Zealand

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 1.00pm

Access and opening times