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  1. There must be reasonable suspicion of criminal activity for them to ask to view your phone. You will be subject to an interview prior to being asked to access your phone. I guess they will view your phone if the offending criminal material is electronic in nature. Nz customs have had the ability to search electronic devices since the late 90s. They just updated the customs legislation to expressly include the password statement but they have always had that power. I think customs stats say less than 1000 devices were searched in 2017, out of approx. 15 million visitors to NZ. As many people have stated this legislation is in line with Australia & US. I have never been asked when entering NZ. I get pulled aside by both border force and NZ customs for carrying too many electronic devices (2 phones, tablet,kindle and work laptop) but neither have asked for password.
  2. Hi missmiaow. Nz immigration website info pages and press releases state Australian citizens who are travelling on Australian passports do not need a ETA and are exempt from application...as long as you meet the requirements to enter NZ visa free such as subject to criminal records etc. If you do not hold an Australian passport and hold a foreign passport with an Australian permanent residence visa you need to apply for an ETA.
  3. Hi. I booked insure and go for a recent cruise for myself. Im a kiwi living in oz and that required me to read their PDS to make sure i was covered. The pds does state the insurance is only available to oz citizens/perm residents or non-permanents with a medicare card and if making a claim you maybe requested to provide a copy of your passport/ residency docs or any other official documents confirming your citizenship or oz residency. They are not under obligation to pay if proof cannot be supplied.
  4. We did a tour with Fullers which operate the ferry to the island and also do the hop on hop off bus which meets you at the ferry terminal. So our ticket included the ferry over and back plus bus ticket. Love Waiheke. Man o war vineyard is a favourite! Fullers ferries have a great website with a very informative section on Waiheke and the bus or drive options available.
  5. Hi. We sailed on spirit in September and no BYO alcohol was allowed. Only the soft drink as you said. Alcohol was confiscated at embarkation if found. The do have a wine package that can be puchased on board. I believe it was called cruise the vineyards. There should be info on the carnival aus websitemthat will list the types of wine included. There was a deluxe and premium package.
  6. We stay at the Grand Mecure Auckland. Great central location and a short downhill walk to Queens Wharff.
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