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SafeTravel is the official source of travel advice for New Zealanders, with advisories for specific destinations. Checking SafeTravel helps you avoid travel blackspots.
On SafeTravel you can also register your details and travel plans. If a crisis occurs overseas, MFAT will contact New Zealanders who have enrolled to check on their safety and well-being.
We also recommend you take out travel insurance. If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel.
While you are overseas, make sure you respect cultural norms and obey local laws.
SafeTravel (external link) (external link) is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website designed for New Zealanders who are travelling or living overseas. You will find:
- traveller’s checklist (external link) to help you plan your journey
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- travel advisories (external link) for specific destinations, with up-to-date information on security risks
- registration facility (external link) where you can log your travel plans in case you need to be contacted in an emergency
- when things go wrong (external link) - information that may assist you.
Travel advisories for countries accredited to the New Zealand High Commission in Pretoria
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- Mozambique (external link)
- Namibia (external link)
- South Africa (external link)
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The quickest, easiest and cheapest way to get to New Zealand is to fly. It is possible to arrive by sea, but there are no international passenger ferries, so unless you own a boat this means joining a cruise, crewing on a private yacht, or paying for your passage on a cargo ship (a rewarding experience for those who like sea journeys – find out more at w freightertravel.co.nz ).
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Flights from the us and canada, flights from australia and south africa, agents and operators.
Air fares depend on the season, with the highest during the New Zealand summer (Dec–Feb); prices drop during the shoulder seasons (Sept–Nov & March–May) and you’ll get the cheapest rates during the low (ski) season (June–Aug).
Arriving in New Zealand, your only real choice, unless you’re coming from Australia, is between the international airports at Auckland and Christchurch . Christchurch receives fewer direct flights but many scheduled airlines have a codeshare shuttle from Auckland at no extra cost. The most desirable option, an open-jaw ticket (flying into one and out of the other), usually costs no more than an ordinary return.
Tourists and those on short-term working visas (see Safety) are generally required by New Zealand immigration to arrive with an outward bound ticket , so one-way tickets are really only viable for Australian and NZ residents.
If you’ve purchased a return ticket and find you want to stay longer or head off on a totally different route, it’s possible to change the dates and, more rarely, route with the airline or travel agent, depending on the conditions of your ticket, though there is often a fee.
Over a dozen airlines compete to fly you from Britain to New Zealand for as little as £757, including British Airways ( w ba.com), but prices depend upon the time of year, and can be double that amount at Christmas. Going for the cheapest flight typically means sacrificing some comfort (multiple stops, longer layovers), which you may regret, given that even the shortest journey will last at least 24 hours including an obligatory refuelling stop. There are no direct flights to New Zealand from Ireland , and prices are proportionately higher, since the short hop to London (around £100 return, cheaper with internet deals) has to be added to the fare.
Most scheduled flights allow multiple stopovers either in North America and the Pacific, or Asia and Australia. The vast majority of direct scheduled flights depart from London Heathrow, though some services operate from London Gatwick, Manchester and Newcastle.
Direct trans-Pacific flights to Auckland operate from Los Angeles with Air New Zealand ( w airnewzealand.com), Qantas ( w qantas.com), Virgin ( w www.virginatlantic.com), Singapore Airlines ( w singaporeair.com) and various US airlines including American ( w aa.com). Air New Zealand and Virgin fly from San Francisco, while your best option from Vancouver is with Air New Zealand, a flight of 12–16 hours. Assorted codeshare partners – Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways – sell tickets to New Zealand, usually offering several connections a day to Wellington and Christchurch.
From the US a direct LA–Auckland or San Francisco–Auckland round-trip fare goes for around US$1400 during the southern winter, rising to around US$1800 or more in peak southern summer season. Flights from all other US cities are routed via California. Off-peak you might expect to pay US$1800–2000 from New York or Chicago, but shopping around could save you money.
From Canada , Air New Zealand runs direct Vancouver–Auckland flights three days per week, and codeshares with Air Canada for links to provincial capitals. Depending on the season, fares from Vancouver are around Can$1600; from Toronto, around Can$2100; and from Montréal, around Can$2300; substantial savings can often be made through discount travel companies and websites.
Apart from a RTW ticket, an alternative approach from North America is to fly via Asia , which may work out cheaper. Korean Air, for example, has flights from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington DC, all changing at Seoul (Incheon) before continuing to Auckland. An equally exotic option is to stop off at a Pacific island or two along the way. Air New Zealand visits half a dozen islands and often charges less than US$100 per stopover.
Qantas ( w qantas.com), Jetstar ( w jetstar.com), Air New Zealand ( w airnewzealand.com) and Virgin ( w virginaustralia.com) all fly between Australia and New Zealand, as do Thai ( w thaiairways.com ), Emirates ( w emirates.com), Aerolineas Argentinas ( w aerolineas.ar ) and LanChile ( w lan.com). Prices vary enormously depending on demand (book well in advance in summer), but the level of competition generally keeps them reasonable – as low as Aus$300 return from Australia’s east coast (including a basic baggage allowance) if you’re prepared to go for non-refundable tickets. Return flights from Perth start at around Aus$760.
Flying time from Sydney or Melbourne to New Zealand is around three hours. Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Rotorua, Queenstown and Wellington international airports all have direct flights to/from Australia.
From Australia, there’s a huge variety of package holidays to New Zealand. Air New Zealand’s holiday subsidiary offers short city-breaks (flight and accommodation), winter skiing packages and fly-drive deals for little more than the cost of the regular air fare.
Travelling to New Zealand from South Africa invariably involves flying via Australia. Qantas ( w qantas.com) flies Johannesburg–Sydney then on to New Zealand. South African Airways ( w flysaa.com) operates the same route as a codeshare with Qantas and Air New Zealand. Expect to pay around Zar16,000–27,000 depending on the season.
If New Zealand is only one stop on a longer journey, you might consider buying a Round-the-World (RTW) ticket. An “off-the-shelf” RTW ticket will have you touching down in about half a dozen cities (Auckland is on many itineraries), or you can assemble one tailored to your needs, though this is liable to be more expensive.
If time is limited and you have a clear idea of what you want to do, numerous companies offer organized tours , from backpacker excursions to no-expense-spared extravaganzas. Full “see-it-all” packages, with most meals and transport included, can be good value, considering what you’d be spending anyway. Some companies offer tours specifically for those aged 18–35, such as Contiki (UK w contiki.co.uk ; US w contiki.com ); or seniors, such as Road Scholar ( w roadscholar.org ); while others are adventure specialists, such as UK-based The Adventure Company ( w primeadventures.co.uk) or US-based Adventures Abroad ( w adventures-abroad.com). You can also find tours to suit your interest (such as hiking or kayaking).
A number of companies operate flexible bus tours , which you can hop off whenever you like and rejoin a day or two later when the next bus comes through (see Backpacker buses).
Pretty much all the major tour operators can also book you onto tramping trips , including some of the guided Great Walks; you’ll still need to book way in advance, though. For skiing trips , the cheapest option is usually to contact ski clubs at the fields directly: check out contact details at w snow.co.nz .
Even if an all-in package doesn’t appeal, it still may be worth investigating potential savings by pre-booking some accommodation, tours or a rental vehicle.
Backpackers World Travel Australia t 1800 676 763, w backpackersworld.com .
North South Travel UK t 01245 608 291, w northsouthtravel.co.uk . Competitive travel agency, offering discounted fares worldwide. Profits are used to support projects in the developing world, especially the promotion of sustainable tourism.
STA Travel UK t 0871 2300 040, US t 1-800 781 4040, Australia t 134 782, NZ t 0800 474 400, South Africa t 0861 781 781; w statravel.co.uk . Worldwide specialists in independent travel; also student IDs, travel insurance, car rental, rail passes and more. Good discounts for students and under-26s. Experts on NZ travel with branches in major Kiwi cities.
Trailfinders UK t 0207 368 1200, Ireland t 01 677 7888, Australia t 1300 780 212; w trailfinders.com. One of the best-informed and most efficient agents for independent travellers.
Travel Cuts Canada t 1 866 246-9762, US t 1 800 667-2887; w travelcuts.com. Canadian student-travel organization.
Ireland t 01 602 1906; Northern Ireland t 028 9032 7111; w usit.ie . Ireland’s main student and youth travel specialists.
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Moving from South Africa
New Zealand could be just the place you’re looking for.
Find out how New Zealand compares to South Africa, and how you can get visas to experience our lifestyle.
How New Zealand compares
New Zealand was voted No.1 for future outlook, No.2 for lifestyle, No.3 Overall in the 2021 HSBC Expat Explorer survey of expats in 46 countries. HSBC Expat Explorer League Table 2021
There’s lots to make you feel at home in New Zealand including all the comforts and conveniences you’re accustomed to.
We’re also a peaceful, politically stable and friendly country. People get on well together and families feel safe to come and go without the constant fear of crime.
And we’re a great place to be bringing up children. That’s why, when it’s their time to start a family, so many expat Kiwis return. Securing a better future for themselves and their children is one of the main reasons South Africans choose New Zealand.
Safe for families
One of the most important things we can offer families from South Africa is the luxury of feeling safe.
In fact, the 2021 Global Peace Index which compares around 163 countries for the risk of personal violence rated us the world’s second safest country, after Iceland. South Africa came in 123rd.
Safe & secure
Global Peace Index | Vision of Humanity
Political and economic stability
Politically, we’re very stable with a form of proportional representation in our Parliament that ensures a wide range of opinions are heard and no group feels excluded.
Transparency International’s 2021 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) ranks us first equal with Denmark and Finland as the world’s three least corrupt countries out of 180.
How government works | New Zealand Government
Corruption Perceptions Index | Transparency International
High quality education
The quality of New Zealand’s education is another attraction.
We ranked third just behind Finland and Sweden in The Economist’s 2019 Educating for the Future Index of 50 major countries. This index focuses on how successful countries are at preparing 15-24 year olds for the future.
Another study, the Legatum Institute’s 2021 prosperity index, ranked New Zealand 12 out of 167 countries for our education system. South Africa was ranked 108th.
Education & schooling in New Zealand
World Educating for the Future Index | The Economist
Prosperity Index | Legatum Institute
In New Zealand, the government subsidises early childhood education (ECE) for children under 5 years old.
State primary and secondary schools are free for domestic students. However, they can ask for donations towards their running costs and parents usually need to pay for things like school uniforms, stationery, exam fees and some course-related costs.
State-integrated and private schools usually charge parents compulsory fees.
20 Hours ECE | Ministry of Education
The school system
New Zealand also offers top quality higher learning. We have eight universities and 16 institutes of technology that provide domestic and international students with internationally recognised qualifications.
All of our universities are in the top 500 of the 2023 QS World University Rankings — five are in the top 300.
QS World University Rankings 2023 | QS Top Universities
Famous work/life balance
People in New Zealand enjoy a great lifestyle. We work hard and are keen to succeed, for sure. But we also guard our time away from work jealously. Workmates and employers alike respect the fact that you have a life outside the office, to pursue your own interests or simply to share in quality time with your family.
Why wouldn’t they - when they’ll be out there doing the same, taking advantage of all the opportunities New Zealand offers for relaxation, recreation and exploration. It’s called work/life balance, and we reckon we’ve got the mix just about spot on.
Like most of South Africa, New Zealand has a temperate climate much influenced by the seas that surround us. But being such a long and skinny country, the weather you can expect depends very much on where in New Zealand you are.
The north is sub-tropical with temperatures probably very near to what you’re used to in South Africa. In New Zealand’s south, it’s cooler and many areas get winter snow and great skiing (although summertime temperatures in these parts can soar).
In summer, our maximum average temperatures range around 20 - 30ºC and in winter, between 10 - 15ºC. Snow is confined to the mountains and the bottom half of the South Island (the ‘deep South’). It’s not seen in Auckland and Wellington, and rarely in Christchurch.
While South Africa has lots of spectacular scenery, New Zealand will impress you with the sheer diversity of sights - glorious sandy surf beaches, great native forests, snow-clad mountains, lakes, rivers and fjords. And because they’re all in a country less than a quarter the size of South Africa they’re easy to get to.
Clean & beautiful
Housing and costs
There are lots of different kinds of housing available in New Zealand, from smart city apartments to rural ‘lifestyle’ blocks or seaside cottages. If you have family, there are all kinds of suburban homes available with room for everyone and gardens for outdoor living.
Owning a home is part of the Kiwi dream, and strong demand keeps prices relatively high.
New Zealand's housing is ranked the 3rd highest quality in OECD Better Life Index. South Africa's housing was ranked 39th out of 41 countries.
The national average price for a house is NZ$1,040,927 in April 2022 while national median rent is around NZ$580/week. There are wide regional variations. Auckland is considerably more expensive while rural areas are much cheaper.
Housing in New Zealand
Better Life Index | OECD
QV House Price Index | Quotable Value
Comparable cost of living
You’ll find some things cost less in New Zealand, some more - particularly items that have to come long distances. But generally, the costs of living here are comparable to other western-style OECD countries.
It all depends on where in South Africa you’re coming from, and where in New Zealand you’re going to. Like everywhere else, city living in New Zealand costs more than living in smaller towns.
Cost of living in New Zealand
New Zealand’s job market has been strong over recent years, driven by solid economic performances.
Our annual GDP growth reached 5% in 2021.
As with other countries around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic slowed economic growth in New Zealand.
The OECD predicts New Zealand's GDP growth will ease to 3% in 2022 and 2% in 2023.
In comparison, South Africa's GDP is projected to grow by 1.8% and 1.3% in 2022 and 2023 respectively.
47,000 job opportunities a year
The New Zealand government expects we’ll need about 47,000 more workers a year well into the 2020s. That adds up to great career opportunities.
The majority of the new jobs will be in highly skilled occupations, and it’s expected most will have to be filled by people from overseas countries - including South Africa.
Skills in demand
Job openings will grow for virtually every kind of work. But the largest increases will be in business services, construction/utilities, health care/social assistance and education.
If your job or profession is not on a shortage list, don’t be disheartened. There are lots of opportunities in New Zealand for people with skills. New Visa rules mean New Zealand businesses can employ a migrant in any industry provided the key conditions are met. To learn more visit the Accredited Employer Work Visa page at Immigration New Zealand.
Job market and key industries
Skill shortage list checker | Immigration New Zealand
Finding and applying for jobs
Getting a visa
If you’re planning more than a brief sightseeing trip to New Zealand - and especially if you want to work here - you’ll need one of the various different types of visa that are available.
Work visas let you live and work here for a set period and may even lead to residence.
Resident visas such as the Skilled Migrant Category let you stay indefinitely and access more state-funded public services.
Visas to work in New Zealand
Organising the move
Once you’ve made the decision to come to New Zealand, you’ll have lots to organise. Apart from finding work and getting a visa, your top priorities will be deciding where you want to live and finding accommodation, sorting out money and banking matters and, if you have a family, finding the best schools for them.
Getting your new life off to a good start is all a matter of preparation. To help with the planning try our NZ Ready tool. NZ Ready will help you build a comprehensive plan outlining what is involved in a move, ensuring nothing is missed.
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Take the first step to a new life by registering your interest with Immigration New Zealand. We’ll send you personalised emails about job opportunities in your profession, life in New Zealand and choosing the right visa.
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NEW ZEALAND VISA FOR THE CITIZENS OF SOUTH AFRICA
IMPORTANT NOTE: WE CURRENTLY DO NOT OFFER THE NEW ZEALAND ETA, BUT STAY TUNED BECAUSE WE WILL OFFER IT VERY SOON!
The citizens of South Africa who want to travel to New Zealand need to apply for a visa to cross the border. Lucky for you, the online version of this visa will be available soon and you will be available to submit an application with iVisa . The process will be entirely online and you will be able to apply whenever you want as long as you get the proper requirement for the application.
In this article, we will explain to you some of the most important things to consider before applying for an online e-Visa.
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm from south africa, do i have to apply for a visa to visit new zealand.
Yes, you have to get a visa if you want to travel to New Zealand. Unfortunately, we do not offer the online version of this visa at the moment, but we're working hard to offer you this option in the future. You can only apply for a consular visa.
How long can I stay in New Zealand?
You can stay in New Zealand for 90 days Per Entry
What are the requirements?
Before thinking of filling in the application , you need to make sure that you have all the requirements. iVisa asks very few things of you, but you must provide some documents and some information to get the process started. Here is the list of everything you need to get a New Zealand eVisa :
Passport – Travelers who apply online need to have a valid passport. You also need to make sure that the document is valid for at least another 3 months from your date of departure from New Zealand.
Digital photo – the picture needs to be as recent as possible and meet all the other guidelines for a passport photo.
Payment Methods – iVisa asks you to make the payment during the application process. You can do that using a credit or a debit card, but you can also pay using a PayPal account.
E-mail address – iVisa will send you the e-Visa via e-mail in PDF format. Do not forget to print a few copies.
Means of sustenance – once you arrive in New Zealand, you need to prove that you can support yourself during your trip. A bank account statement should be more than enough.
Return flight ticket – when you arrive at the airport, you may be asked to show a return flight ticket to your country of origin (or another destination if you stay in the international transit lounge). If you do not have one, you need to prove that you have the financial means to purchase one.
Proof of good behaviour – if you have been convicted of a felony or served some time in prison, you need to show that information.
How long is this e-Visa valid for?
If you're from South Africa, your ETA expires 2 years after issued
What are the processing times and prices for the ETA?
If you decide to apply for your New Zealand ETA using iVisa's services, then you have to select one of the following:
- Standard processing – with this option you receive your New Zealand ETA in 2 days , and you have to pay USD $102.99
- Rush processing – your ETA will be ready in 6 hours , but the total price is more expensive. You must pay USD $157.99
- Super Rush processing – with this option you have to wait 2 hours for your application to be ready. As you can guess, this is the most expensive alternative. You have to pay USD $224.99 .
All the service fees charged by iVisa are already included. Keep in mind that iVisa does not practice hidden charges or surcharges
How many times can I enter New Zealand?
If you apply for your ETA with iVisa's services, you'll receive a Multiple Entry .
How can I apply?
You can move on and fill in the application once you have everything you need. The online form is straightforward, but if you need some help or have some questions regarding the application process, iVisa has a support service that is available 24/7.
The application form consists of three simple steps:
The first one requires you to fill in your personal information such as name, address, date of birth and passport info. Some details regarding your trip are also needed. During the same step, you need to select a processing time as well. Just keep in mind that the sooner you want your New Zealand visa , the more you will be charged.
Step number two asks you to make the payment using one of the methods mentioned above and review the information in step one. The review is essential since a single mistake can cancel your eVisa. Check the spelling and the accuracy of the information you provide.
Last but not least, step number three requires you to upload some documents. This step is not the same for everyone, so do not worry if you are required to upload more documents than other people. After you are done, just submit your application and wait for the document to arrive via e-mail in the timeframe you selected.
As you can see, getting a New Zealand visa for the citizens of South Africa is a piece of cake with iVisa. The process is concise, you barely have to do anything, and the visa arrives in your e-mail inbox.
Do I need to get a New Zealand ETA if I travel with my kids?
Yes, you also have to apply for your kids. Remember that every foreign citizen who wants to travel to New Zealand requires a visa regardless of their age.
How does the New Zealand ETA look like?
Where can I read more?
If you still have questions about the New Zealand ETA , then do not hesitate to contact iVisa’s customer service center . You can contact us via online chat or phone 24/7.
As another option, you can also read more about this document on this page , so don't lose the chance to be informed about this exotic destination.
As you can see, getting a New Zealand visa for the citizens of Sout Africa does not impose any hard work. The process is short and easy, and iVisa does its best for you to enjoy it.
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New Zealand Visa Requirements for South Africans
All those travelling on a South African passport now require a visa in order to visit New Zealand. This was implemented in 2016, as a result of an increasing number of South Africans being denied entry at immigration stations at New Zealand's airports. The South African government quickly retaliated by making visas mandatory for Kiwis visiting South Africa.
Breaking news: On 1 Apr 2018 Immigration New Zealand is closing its Pretoria office , as "there is no need for visa applicants to physically go into an Immigration New Zealand office to lodge their applications". In future Visa Application Centres, which provide a service on behalf of Immigration New Zealand, will receive all applications.
Most South Africans looking to holiday in New Zealand will want to apply for the "visitor visa", which usually allows travellers to enjoy a vacation for up to 9 months in the country (the other types of visas are business, work, joining family, study and residence). Of course, even if you obtain a visa, you can still be denied entry by border officers - this is at their discretion - so make sure that you have all your paperwork with you when you travel, so you can at least argue your case.
Having said that, tourism-related activities employs 8% of Kiwis, and is their largest export-earner (forming 20% of the total) - surpassing dairy. Tourism There are several steps to obtaining a New Zealand visitor visa.
Step 1: Ensure that you have a valid South African passport
If you need to apply for a new passport, in our experience you can usually get it within 10 days from South African Home Affairs (but be prepared to queue for a long time - this can take you the better part of a day). Temporary passports are no longer issued. You can find your closest home affairs office by clicking here .
Passports must not be older than 10 years. South African passports must be valid for at least 3 months after the date of return to SA (why the need to have it valid after your return date? Well, governments tend to err on the side of caution, factoring in any unforeseen circumstances which may occur). The passport must have the applicant's signature on the relevant information page (newer SA passports already have the signature embedded on the hard cover; Older SA passports must sign the information page at the back). Passports require 2 valid, blank and consecutive pages (marked VISA). Visa pages are invalid if damaged or stained by stamps from other pages.
In the year to 30 Jun 2018, 125 South Africans attempting to travel to New Zealand were offloaded (see report ).
Step 2: Establish which Visitor Visa to Apply for
There are several types of visitor visas:
(general) visitor visa
group visitor visa
parent & grandparent visitor visa
visa waiver visitor visa
Step 3 : Establish What Documents You Need
Note that all documents must either be in English or have English translations.
Valid passport (upload a copy when applying online, when applying on paper ideally send the original passport); however even for online applications you must send your original passport via courier.
2 visa photos if applying with paper, or 1 if you are applying online
If you're visiting New Zealand for more than 6 months, you need to have a chest x-ray, to show you don't have tuberculosis.
Work, personal and financial commitments in South Africa or New Zealand.
Details of any family you have in SA and New Zealand.
Any other documents which show you'll be wanting to return to South Africa.
A ticket to fly back to South Africa - do not purchase your plane tickets until you've obtained agreement in principle that you will have your application approved.
Documents which indicate that you are indeed holidaying or visiting family or watching sport, or whatever the purpose of your visit is.
Documents which indicate you'll be able to support yourself during your stay. This must be a minimum of NZD400 / month if you have prepaid for your accommodation; and NZD1000 / month otherwise. Other evidence may be travellers' cheques, credit card statements, bank statements and proof of anything prepaid; like hotels or accommodation (or details of free accommodation if you are staying with friends/family). If you have a sponsor, then their details should be provided, including their ability to support you.
Ideally have proof of medical cover during your trip.
In addition to the documents required; you also need to be of good character. For example; you won't be granted a visa if you've ever been
deported or removed from any country; or convicted of offences to do with passport laws, citizenship or immigration.
have ever been imprisoned as a result of being convicted for an offence, been sentenced to imprisonment for more than 5 years, been sentenced to prison for a year or more anytime during the last 10 years, or are being investigated or charged with an offence which has a prison term of a year or more.
Step 4 : Submit your application
Applying online is the way to go if you're doing an individual application and have a credit card to pay with - it's faster and cheaper. Of course for online applications you'll need to have electronic copies of all the documents; e.g. your passport. If you apply online then you could possibly get an eVisa - a visa approval letter which you can print out and take with you. Click here to start the online application process (if you find discrepancies between this page and that one, take that one as being the correct version).
Step 5 : Pay the Fees
Fees can be paid with various credit cards and debit cards: Mastercard, UnionPay or Visa.
New Zealand Embassy in South Africa
If there are any questions for which you cannot find the answers you may want to contact the New Zealand embassy or consulate in South Africa:
Pretoria (Embassy): 125 Middle Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, 0181 (near to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea; between Melk Street and Florence Ribeiro Avenue). Phone 012 435 9000. Email [email protected] .
Cape Town (Consulate): Eastry Road, Claremont, 7708. Phone 021 683 5762.
Click here to see the official website for the New Zealand embassy in South Africa.
Working Holiday Visa
South Africa isn't on the list of countries for which New Zealand offers a working holiday visa option.
Emigrating to New Zealand
So, you want to go the whole hog, and emigrate to New Zealand? You are not alone, in fact the 2013 census showed that just over 1% of New Zealand's population have South African roots; including the likes of Andrew Mehrtens (All Black rugby player) and BJ Watling (cricket). Besides the obvious attraction of far lower crime, New Zealand shares the same colonial background and of course the same language (English) as South Africa.
September 2017 Election
A new government led by Labour's Jacinda Ardern came into power, with one of their stances being to reduce net immigration into New Zealand by 20,000 to 30,000p.a.; and have more stringent rules to force employers to first look to hire New Zealanders before considering foreigners. So, if you want to emigrate to New Zealander you'd better move soon, before politicians make it harder to do so. On the other hand, she has no plans to build a wall and there will still be a significant amount of immigration into New Zealand allowed. 'We are trying to balance how to make sure we have the right skills set that comes via immigration, whilst also being able to provide those who call New Zealand home with a decent standard of living.' Jacinda Arden quoted on the 31st October 2017.
Another election promise was that Labour would only issue stuent visas for undergraduate degrees if they were assessed by NZQA and TEC (Tertiary Education Commission).
Visa to Emigrate
There are 4 avenues for emigrating to New Zealand:
Joining up with family already in New Zealand
English in New Zealand has its nuances.
"Sweet as", "Ugly as" and "Good as" are all Kiwi slang - everything ending in "as".
Getting invited for "tea" is dinner - just invite them for a "cuppa". To confuse things more, supper is tea!
Going for a " smoko " means taking a break at work - few people smoke anymore, but the expression remained.
Be careful with using the word "must", as it'll be interpreted that you're demanding that somebody does something.
A traffic circle is a roundabout.
A cooler box is a chilli bin..
A "geyser" is a hot water cyclinder.
A "robot" is a traffic light.
"Ice creams" are ice blocks.
A bakkie is an UTE (Utility Vehicle).
Are you looking to study for less or more than 6 months? If you're looking to study for less than 12 weeks then a visitor visa is probably the way to go. If you're older than 18 and are looking to study for more than 6 months in New Zealand then your options are:
Exchange student visa (at the end of which you could potentially apply for a visitor visa, to holiday in New Zealand)
Fee paying student visa (at the end of which you could potentially apply for a work visa, or a new student visa)
Foreign government supported student visa (at the end of which you could potentially apply for a work visa, or a new student visa)
Pathway student visa (at the end of which you could potentially apply for a work visa, or a new student visa)
The student visas are for a maximum of 4 years, except for the Pathway Student Visa which is for up to 5 years.
If your end goal is to reside in New Zealand , then take care to study for a course which will result in a level 1, 2 or 3 ANZSCO; as this woul make it easier to get a Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa.
Fee Paying Student Visa
This allows you to study full-time for more than 12 weeks in New Zealand, whilst, as the name would imply, paying your own way. The visa allows you to work up to 20 hours a week during the holidays. Your children and partner can apply for visas:
Child of a student visitor visa. You children can be in New Zealand for the same amount of time as the parent's visa allow. The children may attend school in New Zealand for a maximum of 3 months.
Partner of a student visitor visa. This allows you to study up to 3 months and be in New Zealand for the same time as your partner's visa. Similarly to all visitor visas, it does not allow you to work.
There are various types of work visas:
Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa
Essential Skills Work Visa
Specific Purpose Work Visa
Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa
Long Term Skill Shortage List Resident Visa
Post Study Work Visa - Employer Assisted
Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa
Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa
Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Resident Visa
Partner of a Student Work Visa
Business Visitor Visa
Post Study Work Visa - Open
Partner of a Worker Work Visa
Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa
Entrepeneur Work Visa (and then Entrepeneur Resident Visa)
If you are looking for a path to permanent residency and have work experience and skills in an area where there is a shortage in New Zealand, then you may want to check whether you qualify for a Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa. The visa also allows any children you have who are 24 years old or younger to be included in your residential visa application, as well as your spouse or partner (if you are not married, then you must have an enduring and stable relationship with your partner). Yourself and your partner/children may then indefinitely live, study and work in New Zealand. The SMC Resident Visa works on a points basis.
You don't actually start the process with an application, rather the first step is to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), and every 2 weeks a draw is done from the EOIs based on points scored, to invite prospective immigrants to then apply for a Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa (ITA = Invitation To Apply). Currently those EOIs with at least 160 points are automatically invited to apply.
After receiving an ITA you will then have 6 months within which to submit your application. Within the application you will need to provide evidence that you actually have the points that you claimed on your EOI, for the New Zealand immigration authorities to verify. Points are awarded for the following categories:
Qualifications . Your qualifications will either need to be on the list of qualifications exempt from assessment (click through to see the list of South African qualifications), or you need to get your qualifications assessed (an expensive process which can take up to 35 days).
Work experience . The work experience only counts if it is in the same field as your job/offer as well as your qualification.
Age . You must be younger than 55, and the younger you are the better.
Whether you are already working in or have been offered a skilled job in New Zealand . The job must involve 30 hours or more of work per week, and be for a contract of at least a year or permanent employment. The employer must offer you at least the legal minimum leave requirements and pay the market rate which would be paid to somebody living in New Zealand (they want to avoid a situation where foreigners are paid less than locals to do a job, thus resulting in locals not being able to get work). If you want to run your own business in New Zealand, then you should not apply for the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa - an option you may want to consider is the Entrepeneur Resident Visa. In order for it to count as skilled work the job must be:
ANZSCO (Australian & New Zealand Standard of Classifications) skill level 1, 2 or 3 & be paid NZ$48,859 p.a. ;
Other occupations must earn at least NZ$73,299 p.a.;
Note that bonuses dependent on performance are excluded from the calculation of the hourly rate;
The thresholds are recalculated every November.
Above details for your partner (if any).
You will also need to be "of good character". Yourself and any partner & children who are applying alongside you will need to meet health criteria (New Zealand wants to avoid people who are going to become a burden on the state).
Points awarded for work experience were recently increased.
Whilst you don't have to supply documents to prove this with your EOI, if you apply for the residence visa you will need to supply your do so, including supplying an employment contract.
Job in New Zealand
The same points are awarded if you/your partner already have/has a skilled job in New Zealand, or if you/partner have/has a job offer.
Whilst it doesn't count for points, you'll need to demonstrate that you are competent in English; as well as your children who are younger than 16 and still dependent, and your spouse/partner.
This is a 9 month visa to come to New Zealand to look for a job; for those who are aged from 20 to 35 years old, who are highly skilled. It's currently closed, and will reopen on the 28th November 2018.
Entrepeneur Work Visa
You must be willing and able to start a business in New Zealand, with seed capital of at least NZ$100,000; the business will be scored on various criteria and it will need to score 120 points or more. Don't bother applying if you've ever been involved in fraud; or been involved in business failure/bankruptcy in the last 5 years.
As for other visa applications, you must be sufficiently competent in english, be of good character and healthy enough.
Check the website of the government department which regulates your profession/industry, whether your qualifications need to be accredited. So, for example, check the law society's website if you are a lawyer. Click through to this page to check whether you are required to be registered for your occupation.
Registration is not required for accountants, engineers, plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers.
Registration is required for architects, barristers, cable jointers, cadastral surveyors, chiropractors, clinical psychologists, educational psychologists, clinical dental technicians, clinical dental therapists, dental hygienists, dental technicians, dental therapists, dentists, dietitians, dispensing opticians, electrical service technicians, electricians, enrolled nurses, insurance advisers, financial advisers, line mechanics, medical laboratory scientists, medical laboratory technicians, medical practitioners, medical radiation technologists, midwives, nurses, occupational therapists, optometrists, osteopaths, pharmacists, physiotherapists, plumber/gasfitters (sanitary work only), podiatrists, psychologists, real estate agents, solicitors, teachers, veterinarians, veterinary surgeons and psychotherapists.
If you're in the construction industry then you're in luck - there is strong demand for those in the trade - carpenters,, diggers, drain layers, drivers of class 1 to 5 vehicles, foreman, joiners, mechanics, scaffolders, structural engineers an welders. Click here to upload your CV and apply.
The easiest way to find a job in New Zealand is to use a recruitment agency, but they would take a cut of your salary - click here to find a list of recruitment agencies. The best websites to use to look for jobs are www.workingin-newzealand.com and www.workhere.co.nz as they specialise in connecting businesses in New Zealand up with foreigners who are wanting to emigrate to New Zealand. Alternatively, you could try other job sites, but the employers may not necessarily be open to hiring foreigners - e.g. www.trademe.co.nz and www.seek.co.nz .
There are three options:
Investor Plus Visa
The Entrepenur Work Visa - see above
The major difference is the amount of the investment.
After being accepted you need to invest the money in New Zealand, and you will need to provide proof that you have invested the money in New Zealand. Of course there's nothing stopping you from investing in NZ before you have been accepted. Once the money is invested in NZ, you may shift it between qualifying assets.There are a wide range of acceptable investments, ranging from relatively safe investments in NZ government bonds to NZ venture capital funds. Qualifying assets are the same for the Investor Visa as the Investor Plus Visa.
With either visa you'll be able to take your family with you to New Zealand (dependent children under the age of 25 and spouse/partner). You will be able to work and study in NZ, on an indefinite basis.
Investor Plus Visa (Investor 1)
This requires an investment of NZ$10m or more, which must be invested for 3 or more years.
Investor Visa (Investor 2)
This requires an investment of NZ$3m or more, which must be invested for 4 or more years. You may only apply up to the age of 65, and only 400 investor visas are issued every year. A points system is used to make selections. You will be required to spend a minimum number of days p.a. and over a 4 year period in New Zealand, and to be competent in english.
Joining Family in New Zealand
There are a number of possibilities:
Partner of a New Zealander Resident Visa
Parent Retirement Resident Visa
Dependent Child Resident Visa
Parent Resident Visa
Refugee Family Support Resident Visa
Parents Visa : Discontinued for Now
The option for parents to immigrate via the "parents category" has been closed - this decision may be reversed in the future. The reason for the temporary closure is because of the large number of applications which are already in the system versus the annual maximum of 2000 visas. The options available to parents are (1) The Parent & Garndparent Visitor Visa (maximum of 6 months at a time, over 3 years, with 18 months must be being spent outisde New Zealand); and (2) The Parent Retirement Resident Visa, which requires investment of a minimum amount in New Zealand.
Other visa-related bits and pieces:
Keep your SA Citizenship
South Africans are allowed to hold dual citizenships, but must first obtain written permission from the Minister of Home Affairs, before trying to get a second citizenship.
Online Application / Personal Assistance
Most visa applications, whether for visitor, student or work, can be done online, and it's often cheaper and quicker to do it that way. Navigate to www.immigration.govt.nz to see how. You can not only pay your application fees online; but also upload photos & documents.
Whilst everything can be done yourself, sometimes one needs a bit of help. Your first port of call is to visit the knowledge bank and its FAQs. You can phone New Zealand Immgration and ask your question at +64 9 914 4100; or send an online query here .
If you do require personal advice from somebody, make sure that person is properly licensed. Click here to check whether your advisor is licensed. There are some categories of advisors who are exempt from being licensed, e.g.: lawyers with a New Zealand practice certificate, government employees whose day to day job involves giving immigration advice and, education agents who are restricted to advising on student visas.
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Cheap flights from South Africa to New Zealand from R12 446
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Moving to New Zealand from South Africa: What Should You Know?
Moving to New Zealand from South Africa is a big decision one needs to be ready for and set to go. This article offers helpful considerations
Planning on moving to New Zealand from South Africa? Good news: Kiwis are friendly people. The country is extremely beautiful and there’s a demand for workers.
That means NZ is an amazing place to visit if you’re a tourist. But if you also want to move there long-term, the job market is growing. What else should you know about the Land of the Long White Cloud? How is it different from South Africa?
Rugby is a Religion
If you’re a sports fan, you probably know this. Rugby is New Zealand’s favorite sport. The country’s national team—All Blacks—is highly successful in global competitions.
The NZ rugby team ties South Africa as the only two countries to have won the rugby World Cup thrice. When it comes to world rankings, the All Blacks regularly rank 1 st in the world.
Now, you probably don’t care about sports or rugby in particular. But don’t get surprised when you find people playing the sport everywhere they go. Also, rugby players have a special way of celebrating called the haka. And it’s pretty impressive.
The Weather Can be Unpredictable
Because New Zealand is an island, the weather can be unpredictable. It could be hot in the morning and rainy in the afternoon. Also, the winds can be extreme while winters could become extremely cold.
Basically, you want to check your weather app every day before you step out of your house. If you plan to drive around the country, keep in mind it’s larger than it seems.
Sure, it’s much smaller than South Africa (roughly a fifth of SA), but it’s not tiny. Driving between cities can take more than a couple of hours, which is why it’s essential to keep tabs on the weather.
Relocating Requires Months of Preparations
Unless you’re visiting NZ for a couple of weeks, get prepared to hold a lot of meetings with New Zealand immigration authorities. This is particularly correct if you want to move with your household items and pets.
Household possessions like guns are illegal, so consider selling them before you leave South Africa. Pets are allowed but they must be properly vaccinated and in good health. Also, your pets should be purebreds—the country is against importing hybrid pets.
If you’re planning to carry any flora, reveal your plans to the authorities. They need to know what you’re carrying and check if it can interfere with the country’s biodiversity.
The Healthcare System is Much Better
In South Africa, healthcare costs are subsidized at a rate of 40%. In New Zealand, the government pays almost all healthcare costs. In fact, it also provides subsidized costs to ex-pats.
The only catch is that you need a visa valid for at least two years. Also, you should expect to pay for prescriptions and appointment fees. That being said, research more on how to register for the public healthcare system as an immigrant.
Without subsidized healthcare, costs can be high. A case in point: it costs up to $60000 to give birth if you’re paying out of pocket. Also, you must provide proof that you can afford to pay.
Drive on the Left
New Zealanders drive on the left, similar to South Africans, Kenyans, Britons, and a few more countries. This isn’t to say you won’t need a new driving license. You do. However, it will be easier to adjust to the country’s roads.
As we already mentioned, you might need a car to move around NZ. That’s especially correct if you’re planning to traverse the country. If you want to live in Auckland, Wellington, or another major city, you can manage by using public means.
Online Gambling Regulations
The New Zealand government has strict regulations in place when it comes to online gambling. The Gambling Act of 2003 prohibits any form of online gambling that is not conducted by the New Zealand Lottery Commission or the TAB. This means that local operators are not allowed to offer online gambling services to New Zealand residents.
However, New Zealanders are not prohibited from accessing offshore online casino sites. They are free to gamble on any offshore site that accepts their registration. The government acknowledges that it cannot control what happens outside its borders, but strict advertising regulations are in place to discourage and prevent offshore operators from promoting these services to New Zealand residents.
While offshore online gambling may be accessible to New Zealanders, it is important to be aware of the potential risks and drawbacks associated with this activity. The offshore casino sites may not be subject to the same level of regulation as domestic operators, which means that they may not have adequate player protections in place to prevent problem gambling or to ensure fair play.
It is important to gamble responsibly and to only use reputable and licensed casino sites. To find such safe and trustworthy online casinos in New Zealand, check the casino operators recommended by Harrison Newton from Bestcasinosites.net.
New Zealand is Far from Home
Unless you’re not planning to visit South Africa ever again, know that traveling to NZ will be time-consuming. It takes an average of 12 hours to fly through Australia to land in Kiwiland. That’s a much longer distance than going to the UK, which takes 9 to 10 hours.
To be fair, NZ is far from almost every other country besides Australia. Aussies take less than five hours to get to Kiwiland. On the other hand, Americans need at least 15 hours to fly to New Zealand.
New Zealand’s isolation from the one helped protect its beautiful landscape. But that also means it was one of the last places to be discovered by mankind.
Kiwis are Humble
Indigenous people in New Zealand are popularly known as the Maori , AKA the ordinary people. Interestingly, the Maori chose this name to differentiate themselves from European immigrants.
Although the Maori make up just 14% of the country’s population, they’re easy to find. They’re mainly farmers and fishers—they produce 30% of the country’s sheep and own 50% of the fishing industry.
The Maori are generally humble and welcoming people. They hate gloaters, although this is a general outlook for the Kiwi people. Still on humility, some of the Maori love to walk around barefooted. They say it’s a way to connect with nature.
Hollywood isn’t wrong. New Zealand is an extremely beautiful but isolated country. It’s home to the All Blacks, one of the best rugby teams in the world. It’s also home to the Maori, humble and welcoming people.
Although NZ is located far away, it’s similar to South Africa in terms of the language spoken. New Zealanders also drive on the left and love farming sheep.
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South Africa Visa for New Zealand Citizens
South Africa is a popular destination for New Zealanders but many visitors are often unsure if they need a visa to enjoy a stay in the country. This page outlines the requirements for a South African visa for New Zealand citizens and whether it is always necessary to obtain travel documents to visit.
While many foreign nationalities need a visa to visit South Africa no matter the period of stay, the country also extends a visa waiver policy to many countries. New Zealanders are granted visa exemption for a stay of up to 90 days for tourism or business motives.
However, for longer consecutive stays or other purposes, a visa for South Africa from New Zealand will be required. South Africa has recently launched a new electronic visa system for 14 nationalities to expedite the process of obtaining a visa for the country.
However, at the moment New Zealanders are not included in the list of eligible nationalities and it has not yet been announced if they will be added in the future. This means that citizens of New Zleand who need a visa for South Africa must continue to submit an embassy application at this time.
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South Africa won by 190 runs
Major problems for New Zealand, particularly with injuries all around. For South Africa, it's as good as it gets. With six wins, they look well on course to make the semis. 2011 finalists India will play Sri Lanka tomorrow in Mumbai, after Sachin's statue has been unveiled. See you for that. Bye for now.
Adam: "As open as it is, PAK and AFG got realistic chance to enter semis. NZ need at least a win to seal their chance and hope the Net RR remains above them. "
Temba Bavuma : Clinical display with bat. Handled the challenge with the ball nipping around. We applied pressure with the ball. We tried to pounce on bad balls, Quinny started slowly, hung in there and cashed in at the end. More than the score, we were trying to stay in till 30 and go big later on. We were always looking to dominate with the new ball and middle overs. Knew they'd come hard at us and we'd get opportunities. Gotta hear the permutations about making the semi. After tomorrow, it's back to business, gotta prepare for the next game.
Tom Latham: Not our best performance. We were put under massive pressure by QDK and Rassie. To be five down early was disappointing with the way it panned out. I don't think I'd bat first had there been another chance. It was a decent surface. If we'd restricted them to 330-340 it'd have been better. We weren't able to capitalise with bat either. Injuries are adversities, gotta see how they shape up. Small turnaround, so we gotta reflect now and move on to Bangalore.
Rassie van der Dussen, POTM They bowled well upfront. Run rate was hovering at 4 an over. We had to work hard Quinny played brilliantly and guided me. We batted together nicely, and we went big as the ball went softer. Wicket was one where if bowlers hit a length, there was something in it for them. Test match lengths were tough to manufacture shots to, we communicated that to the bowlers and, with bat, tried to push through. Quinny was reminding me to keep my shape, respect good balls. It's tough to hit through the line right away. Miller and Co made it look easy. We were thinking about 300-320 as a score but sky is the limit with our middle order. Very pleased to win by a big marging, was an out-and-out team performance which was great.
9:10pm As thumping a win as any for South Africa. It's barely a surprise for them anymore, given how they're piling on the runs. Questions will be asked about Latham choosing to bowl. Coming to the chase, New Zealand never stood a chance. Jansen struck twice in the powerplay. Ngidi also kept it tight. Coetzee took out Young, who was starting to look good, right after and the slide just went further from thereon. Maharaj was generous with his flight but not pace, he lured out middle and late-middle-order batters and finished with a four-for. Neesham and Henry came out to bat despite not being fully fit. It helped reduce the loss margin and Phillips to get to fifty but South Africa complete a fuss-free thumping win nonetheless.
CHANDRA MOHAN: "@HAA - As you wish..Rabada indeed end this tiresome last wicket :-)"
Top edges another slash, finds mid-on, South Africa complete a thumping 190-run win . This was on a length at the stumps, Phillips tried to bash it with another mighty swipe but ballooned it to Rabada, who took a few steps back and completed the match-winning catch
Lumped down the ground. This was length at the stumps, 138ks, Phillips cleared the front leg and went clubbing
Makes room and clatters the length ball at the stumps to deep midwicket. 138ks
HAA: "Rabada needed to end this tiresome last wicket wait" Coetzee still on for now
Length on middle, spins away and is defended to point. Crowd cheers again
Length outside off, good leave
Slip in, so is catching mid-off
Flighted on a length this time, it's wide and is cut to deep point. They take the single
Overpitched outside off this time, Phillips carves it over extra this time to reach fifty . Crowd cheer for him as he raises his bat
No-look six? Not exactly but the head didn't go right up. Ball was floated at the stumps, Phillips launched it over long-on
Looped right up and Phillips leathers it wide of long-off. Overpitched around off, Phillips tooka. stride forward and slapped it
Deep third was the only deep fielder on the off side and Phillips taps the back of lengther on the head to guide it there and retain strike. Coetzee's disappointed
Bumper duly delivered. It's just outside off, Phillips goes hard at the pull but is beaten
Two men back on the leg side
Full on middle. Phillips clears coast again and drives hard. Finds mid-off
Makes room and pulls the back of lengther through midwicket. Cross seamer rose to top-of-stump height, Phillips cleared the front leg and heaved across the line
Slow on a length outside off, makes room and slaps it thunderously to the left of deep cover. Brilliant sliding stop from Klaasen
Length on fifth, Phillips tried to crunch it through point but it didn't bounce high enough for that cut
Crowd figure from Pune: 31,914
Darryl: "If they are not going to run then what is the point of risking Henry?"
Full on off, gets behind the line and solidly blocks with a forward lunge
Lobbed up on a fullish length, cut with the spin to deep point
Phillips finally latches on to one. Full on the pads, goes on one knee and leathers a slog sweep 73 metres far. Six over midwicket
Length outside off again, 78ks, makes a bit of room and slaps it hard. Finds deep point to the left this time
Length outside off, cut to deep point's right
Pumps it well but the full ball goes straight to long-on
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South Africa beat New Zealand by 190 runs in Pune at Cricket World Cup to go top of group standings
Sport South Africa beat New Zealand by 190 runs in Pune at Cricket World Cup to go top of group standings
Quinton de Kock smashed his fourth century of the World Cup and Rassie van der Dussen also hit a ton as semi-finals-bound South Africa sealed a comprehensive 190-run victory over New Zealand for their sixth win in seven matches.
New Zealand were left needing a rescue act after collapsing to 5-90 inside 19 overs while chasing 358, with only Will Young (33) and Daryl Mitchell (24) offering any resistance, but South Africa did not relent and dismissed them for 167 in 35.3 overs.
Pace bowler Marco Jansen (3-31) began the rout with an early double strike, while spinner Keshav Maharaj (4-46) landed timely blows to ensure New Zealand had no way back at the MCA Stadium in Pune despite a defiant 60 by Glenn Phillips.
In a highly-anticipated contest days after the two nations clashed in the Rugby World Cup final, De Kock struck 114 and Van der Dussen exploded late on to score 133 for his second ton of the showpiece as South Africa posted 4-357.
"Clinical display I would say," South Africa captain Temba Bavuma said. "With the bat we handled the challenge up front and with the ball nipping around. The big partnership really set it up for the boys.
"With the ball, we sustained the pressure throughout their innings … Quite clinical with the execution of our skills."
Victory helped South Africa leapfrog India to the top of the standings while New Zealand are still in the hunt for a place in the semi-finals in fourth.
It also makes it likely that South Africa will avoid the Indian side in the last four.
However the two sides will meet at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday night in a showdown that will go a long way to determining who finishes top and gets to play the fourth-placed team in the semi-finals.
The Proteas built on De Kock and Van der Dussen's 200-run stand with 119 in the last 10 overs as David Miller put the New Zealand bowlers to the sword with a 30-ball 53.
South Africa began steadily after New Zealand skipper Tom Latham won the toss and opted to bowl, as they shrugged off the dismissal of Bavuma (24) and flexed their muscles with top-scorer De Kock going past 500 runs in the tournament.
De Kock, who will retire from the 50-overs format after the tournament, milked the Black Caps bowlers in a flawless innings and reached his century with a massive six over long-leg off Jimmy Neesham before looking to accelerate.
He scored two more boundaries but offered a simple catch to Phillips at backward point as Tim Southee (2-77) took his first wicket on his return to competitive action after right thumb surgery in September.
"We were speaking about 300-320 at one stage in the middle but we've seen so often in the last 12-18 months what the guys coming in can do," said player of the match Van der Dussen.
"We knew if we could set a platform again for them, I mean the sky's the limit. We (almost) got to 360, so we were pretty chuffed about that."
Southee castled Van der Dussen on a day of little joy for New Zealand, who had lost the bowling services of seamer Matt Henry due to a right hamstring problem midway through South Africa's innings.
Neesham was struck on the hand while stopping a ball off his own bowling and was only able to bat at number nine, although he did not suffer broken bones.
"Not our best performance," said Latham, whose side face Pakistan next. "We were put under pressure with that massive partnership Rassie and Quinton had up top.
"At the halfway mark it was a big score but a decent surface. From a batting point of view you need partnerships. To be three, four, five down early and with our backs against the wall, we weren't able to build those partnerships.
"Disappointing the way it panned out."
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