IELTS New Zealand

IELTS is accepted in New Zealand to work, live, and study.

Find an IELTS New Zealand Test Centre

The requirements vary depending on the reasons you wish to move there. These are some of the main visas, reasons for moving, and IELTS requirements.

Visa Types & Band Scores

Skills Migrant Category Visa - Band 6.5

This visa is for those that have a specific skill that is required in New Zealand. For this visa you need at least overall IELTS band 6.5 in either Academic or General Training.

This is a visa based on points. Points are gained for various categories, not just language, such as age and work experience. 

Business Category - Band 3 to 5

This visa is for those moving in connection with a private business. There are three types, each requiring different IELTS scores:

  • Employee of a Relocating Business Category: Overall band score of at least 5
  • Entrepreneur Residence or Entrepreneur Work Visa categories: Overall band score of at least 4
  • Investor (Investor 2 Category): Overall band score of at least 3

Residence from Work - Band 5

This visa is for those who have been working in New Zealand for 2 years on a Talent visa (Work to Residence Visa). There are not language requirements to get the talent visa but you need at least band 5 to convert this to a residence status visa. 

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Partners and Dependents over 16 - Band 4

It may be possible to bring family over, though they may need to get at least a band 4 in two of the IELTS modules. Again you should check with immigration to find out your options. 

Study - No Fixed Band

The band score you need if you wish to go to New Zealand to study will depend on the university and course you are applying to, so you should check what the institution requires. 

There are other types of visa and you may not need an IELTS score if you meet other criteria or take another test, so you should check the Official New Zealand Immigration Website to assess your options and the various criteria. 




IELTS New Zealand - Test Centres

The map below shows you the towns where you can take the IELTS New Zealand test. 

Below that you can see the specific IELTS test centres with addresses in New Zealand. 

Auckland

British Council, Manukau Institute of Technology
Registration address:
NR 100, Gate 14, Alexander Crescent, Otara, Auckland, New Zealand

UNITEC Institute of Technology
Registration address:
Building 170, Gate 3 Carrington Road, Mt Albert

Auckland University
Registration address:
English Language Academy, Level 5, 67 Symonds St, Grafton, Auckland, 1010

T: 09 923 6547 
E:ielts@auckland.ac.nz
W:https://ielts.ela.auckland.ac.nz/

The Campbell Institute
Registration address:
345 Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand

Massey University
Registration address:
Professional and Continuing Education, Massey University, Building 111, Gate 4, Hokowhitu Place, Albany 0632

T: +64 9 443 9737
E:ielts.albany@massey.ac.nz 
W:www.ielts.ac.nz

IDP IELTS Test Centers
Registration address:
Level 1, 3 Lorne Street Auckland, 1010 

T: 64 9 8695 216 / 0800 005 728
E:ielts.auckland@idp.com 
W:https://www.ielts.co.nz

British Council - FutureEd English 
Registration address:
Suite 21, Level 1, 357 Great North Road, Henderson, IELTS New Zealand

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Christchurch

University of Canterbury
Registration address:
Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring College of Education, Health and Human Development, Christchurch

T: 033642588
E:NZ214.administrator@canterbury.ac.nz
W:http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/cem/ielts-information-and-booking

Ara Insitute of Canterbury
Registration address:
PO Box 540

Dunedin

University of Otago
Registration address:
University Plaza Building, 130 Anzac Ave, Dunedin

Hamilton

British Council, Manukau Institute of Technology
Wintec, City Campus, A Block, Gate 3, Tristram Street, Hamilton
Registration address:
NR 100, Gate 14, Alexander Crescent, Otara, Auckland, IELTS New Zealand


T: +64 (9) 968 8617
E: ielts@wintec.ac.nz
W:https://www.wintec.ac.nz/study-at-wintec/courses/english/ielts-test

University of Waikato
Registration address:
University of Waikato, Waikato Pathways College, LAIN Building, Gate 1, Knighton Road, Hamilton, New Zealand

T: +64 7 858 5607 or +64 7 858 5600 (reception)
E: ieltsnz022@waikato.ac.nz
W: https://www.waikato.ac.nz/pathways/about-us/ielts-testing/apply-for-ielts-testing

Hawke's Bay (Napier)

Eastern Institute of Technology
Registration address:
501 Gloucester Street, Taradale, Hawke's Bay, 4112

T: +64 6 830 1809 
E:ielts@eit.ac.nz
W:https://www.eit.ac.nz/subject-areas/ielts-test-centre/

Manukau

British Council, Manukau Institute of Technology
Registration address:
NR 100, Gate 14, Alexander Crescent, Otara, Auckland, IELTS New Zealand

Nelson

Victoria University of Wellington
Registration address:
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), Nelson, Foundation Studies, 322 Hardy Street, Nelson, Marlborough, 7010 

T: 64-4-463 5611
E:ielts@vuw.ac.nz 
W:https://www.victoria.ac.nz/lals/ielts

Palmerston North

Massey University
Registration address:
Massey University, Building 1, Colombo Village, Turitea Campus, Palmerston North

T: 0800 MASSEY (0800 627 739) ext 84081
E:ielts@massey.ac.nz
W:www.ielts.ac.nz

Queens Town

University of Otago
Registration address:
Queenstown Resort College, 7 Coronation Drive

Rotorua

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology
Registration address:
Te Pakaro a Ihenga/Faculty of Health, Education and Humanities, E018 International Centre, PB 3028 (Mokoia Drive)

T: +64 7 3468731
E:Sylvia-ann.tahuriorangi@toiohomai.ac.nz
W:http://www.waiariki.ac.nz

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Tauranga

University of Waikato
Registration address:
Bethlehem College, 24 Elder Ln Bethlehem, Tauranga 3110

T: +1 647-858-5607 
E: ieltsnz022@waikato.ac.nz
W:https://www.waikato.ac.nz/pathways/about-us/ielts-testing

Wellington

Massey University Wellington
Registration address:
Massey University Building T37 Entrance A, Wallace Street, Mount Cook, Wellington 

T: 0800 MASSEY (0800 627 739) ext: 63939
E:ieltswellington@massey.ac.nz
W:www.ielts.ac.nz

Victoria University of Wellington
Registration address:
Room 210 26-28, Kelburn Parade, Von Zedlitz Building, Wellington, 6012 

T: 64-4-463 5611
E:ielts@vuw.ac.nz 
W:https://www.victoria.ac.nz/lals/ielts



 

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