An immensely useful thing to have with you when you travel is your New Zealand Passport. It is the world’s seventh strongest passport, tied with the passport of Greece, as per 2016 report by Henley & Partners, a citizenship and planning firm. How powerful? You can travel without visa-restrictions to 170 countries, including all European member states. That is more than 87% of the worlds 195 countries (196 if you consider Taiwan as a nation).

As for costs, a standard Adult New Zealand passport will cost you NZD $180 while a special expedited one, more commonly known as an urgent passport, will be NZD $360. Standard will take up to 10 business days for processing. For twice the cost, the urgent passport will be processed up to the maximum of 3 working days.

For children passports, standard will cost NZD $105 while the expedited ones will be NZD $285. Same time frames as well; standard will be processed up to 10 working days and the urgent ones will take up to 3 business days.

As for the passport itself, it has a lot of interesting features. It is really crafted meticulously. But the design is not just for an artistic purpose; this is to discourage any forgeries. The overall scheme and artwork is also very characteristic of New Zealand; silver ferns adorn the page with the essential image of New Zealand on it. And the farther and farther you go, the pages change color subtly from a nice purple to a calming blue, very much inspired from the time of the day.

Another wonderful thing to know is that the passport owner pictures are very much personal; unlike most countries’ that have the stereotypical formal poker-face picture, the applicant or owner of the passport can send their own photo. Of course, there are still guidelines like the no selfie rule, but much better than an embassy compulsory photography session.

Your New Zealand Passport is quite the item. Take care of it and it will take care of you.