New Zealand passports | Uruwhenua Aotearoa

The Department of Internal Affairs | Te Tari Taiwhenua


Translation services

All documents not in English must be translated

You should get any documents not in English translated by a translation service that is approved by the Department of Internal Affairs.

We will also accept official translations of documents into English by the issuing Government agency or a New Zealand diplomatic post. In addition, we will accept translations made by a court in the country of origin if they have been authenticated by that country's diplomatic post in New Zealand.

Original documents must be sent in with the English translation.

If your documents are not in English and your translations are not acceptable to the New Zealand Passport Office, we will contact you and advise you which documents require translating and the amount payable.

Approved translation agencies


The Translation Service

Level 3, 109 Featherston St, PO Box 805, Wellington
Phone: 0800 872 675 or (04) 460 2220

New Zealand Translation Centre Ltd

68 Dixon Street, PO Box 27312, P.O. Box 6141, Wellington
Phone: 04 384-5047
Fax: 04 384-8554


MLT Translation Centre

Unit 9, Carlton Mews, 21 Bealey Avenue, P.O. Box 8014, Christchurch
Phone: 03 377-1227
Fax: 03 377-1217


Pacific International Translations Ltd

Level 4, 203 Queen Street, Auckland 1010, PO Box 7067, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141
Phone: 09 913-5290
Fax: 09 913-5291


Interpreting and Translation Service

901 Great South Road, Manurewa, P O Box 98743, South Auckland Mail Centre, P.O. Box 2241, Auckland
Phone: 09 276-0014

Note: You will need to go to reception and ask for the Translation Service.

Interpreter services

If you require the assistance of an interpreter while speaking with our office, one can be provided for you through the Language Line Service.

When you call the passport office on 0800 22 5050, please state the language you require.

Note: Only the languages of greatest need are currently offered by our Language Line services. Language Line currently supports around 40 different languages.