It’s 5.00 PM, Sunday evening in Auckland and I got a phone call from my family in Fiji that I urgently need to reach Fiji by next available flight due to some family emergency. I called airlines to buy a ticket for the next earliest flight departing at 11.45 PM. I told the ticketing officer that I have a New Zealand passport which is expiring after 2 months, and there comes the bolt from the blue, I was informed that to travel to Fiji, a passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of travel. That meant that I will not be allowed to even board the flight for Fiji unless I get my passport renewed.

I searched on google: How to renew NZ passport in 2 hours on a Sunday night

To my pleasant surprise, I was directed by google search to Travel India Limited, a Papatoetoe travel agency’s this blog article, and by 9.45 PM I was at the airport checking-in for my flight to Fiji with a new passport, thanks to this blog article.

Here is everything you need to know about getting NZ passport renewed in 2 hours on weekends or after hours:

After hours call-out - New Zealand

If you need a passport urgently between 5pm and 10pm weekdays or 8am to 10 pm weekends, use this service. You need to call NZ Passport Office at:

0800 22 50 50 (NZ only)

+ 64 (4) 463 9360 (if calling NZ from overseas)

Fees for afterhours urgent passport issue, which can only be paid by a credit or debit card (no Eftpos):

Adult NZD$730.00 (GST inclusive)

Child NZD$655.00 (GST inclusive)

Requirements:

  • You must have had a passport before and be 16 years or older. You need:
  • previous passport details: your name, passport number, date of issue, who issued the passport
  • digital photo - taken in the last 6 months, in colour, as a .JPG or .JPEG file
  • One referee details (need to be a NZ citizen): their passport number, name, phone number and email address (optional), date of birth

More information can be obtained from following link:

https://www.passports.govt.nz/urgent-travel/

Renewing Passports under different cases:

Standard passport renewal

Processed in up to 10 working days.

Adult NZD$180.00 (includes $23.48 GST)

Child NZD$105.00 (includes $13.70 GST)

Urgent passport

Processed in up to 3 working days.

Adult NZD$360 (includes $46.96 GST)

Child NZD$285.00 (includes $37.18 GST)

After hours urgent passport

Call NZ Passport Office: 0800 22 50 50 (NZ only)

+ 64 (4) 463 9360 (if calling NZ from overseas)

Adult NZD$730.00 (GST inclusive)

Child NZD$655.00 (GST inclusive)

Adult Passports are for 10 Years & Child Passports are for 5 Years

Apply Online for New Passport:

https://www.passports.govt.nz/decisions/have-you-or-your-child-had-a-new-zealand-passport-before/

Passport photo requirements

Your photo must meet these requirements whether it is digital or paper. It needs to be taken within the last 6 months.

Technical requirements

For our online passports system, the photo must be

  • a portrait photo with a 4:3 aspect ratio
  • in jpg or jpeg format
  • between 250KB and 10MB
  • between 900 and 4500 pixels wide and 1200 and 6000 pixels high

Scanned photos are not acceptable for our Online Passport Service.

For paper photos you will need:

  • 2 identical photos, printed on photo quality paper
  • 35mm x 45mm in dimension

For complete photo requirements, please see following link:

https://www.passports.govt.nz/passport-photos/passport-photo-requirements/