G'day, SeaKiwi, If you are a New Zealand
citizen, the duty 7.5% and GST, now 15% are payable shortly (it is my understanding within weeks) once you clear the yacht through Customs
upon entry IF YOU ARE THE MAJORITY OWNER. It is my understanding that the only way to avoid the GST & DUTY is to provide documentation
that the yacht is owned 51% outside of New Zealand
. If is also my understanding that if this route
is taken, the yacht cannot carry a New Zealand flag. I stand to be corrected of my understandings.
If you have a non New Zealand passport and the owner of the yacht, like most offshore
boats that clear customs
into New Zealand prior to the start of the new year, you will be given a "temporary import" document to allow the vessel to remain in New Zealand to approximately the June timeframe (there is some discreation) of the following year.
Your individual immigration status is a totally separate issue. Most cruisers are given a 3 month visitor's visa, which in most cases, can be extended another 3 months with the appropriate paperwork. Cheers.