New Zealand Embassy Berlin, Germany


Munich’s annual Oktoberfest beer festival is scheduled to take place between 18 September and 4 October 2010. 

New Zealanders travelling to the Oktoberfest are advised to register their travel plans online so that we can contact you in an emergency.  You will note this website also includes information on the latest travel advisories by region and country, a travel checklist, information on passports and visas, and advice about what the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade can help with should something go wrong. 


On 31 July the German daily newspaper Die Welt published a feature article about the Matamata farm used as the set for Hobbiton in the film trilogy The Lord of the Rings. The farm, with its picturesque rolling hills and concrete hobbit holes, has become a leading tourist attraction and is now set to appear in the film version of The Hobbit.


New Zealand-born performance and installation artist Alicia Frankovich has taken up the 2010/11 Creative New Zealand Berlin Visual Artists Residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. 

Alicia visited the Embassy earlier this week to introduce herself to the Ambassador and Embassy staff. She has been to Berlin before but is still excited to be living in this pulsating city for a whole year. Alicia sees Berlin as an excellent place for young artists to build up a network and experience the visibility of the city.


This week the new Ambassador in Berlin, HE Peter Rider, had the pleasure of welcoming a group of twenty young men from all over Germany who will be doing their civilian service in New Zealand.

The exchange is arranged through ADiA (Anderer Dienst im Ausland) programme. ADiA, also called “the other service abroad”, provides assistance to young Germans who wish to carry out their civilian service in a foreign country as an alternative to their compulsory service in Germany.


Parachute Band have just started their third major tour of the year, and will spend the next two months performing at a range of church services, conferences and festivals in the UK, Germany, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, and The Netherlands. Upcoming highlights include Creationfest UK, and the popular British conference Rocknations.


I had the honour to present my credentials as Ambassador of New Zealand to German Federal President Christian Wulff on Tuesday 3 August. 


The Black Seeds are touring Europe in July and August  2010, including gigs in their old stomping ground, Germany. Amongst other shows, is a joint performace with New Zealand singer/rapper Ladi6 at the Zeltival on 30 July, in Karlsruhe.

Check out for the Black Seeds' tour dates and places.


The Embassy recently hosted a literary evening to farewell James McNeish, who is concluding his year as New Zealand Writer in Residence in Berlin.


There will be changes to Immigration New Zealand's Operational Policy effective 26 July 2010.

From 26 July all temporary permit holders will be able to study one or more courses for up to three months in total.

This applies per permit or over a twelve month period in the case of multi-year permits. 

Please see current information on


The numbers of Germans travelling to New Zealand continue to rise, with the visa section at the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin processing 858 temporary student, work and visitor visa applications in June 2010: a new record for one month! The growth in visa applications reflects the general upward trend in the numbers of German visitors to New Zealand, with the total annual figure now sitting at over 65,000.

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