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Our relationship with Croatia

New Zealand and Croatia share a warm relationship that is built on long-standing people-to-people connections. Croatian immigrants began arriving in New Zealand from the 1850s and today there are more than 100,000 New Zealanders of Croatian heritage.

The first Croatian immigrants settled in Northland and the Kaipara Harbour. It was here that the special relationship between Northern Māori and the Croatian people developed, leading to a number of descendants that share Māori and Croatian heritage.

Our people-to-people links were further strengthened in 2013, following the establishment of reciprocal visa free status to Croatian tourists wishing to visit New Zealand and Croatia joining the European Union. Croatia’s parliament also maintains a Croatian-New Zealand Inter-parliamentary Friendship Group.

New Zealand and Croatia also have shared interests in the United Nations’ peacekeeping efforts. From 1992 until 2007, New Zealand played a peacekeeping role during and following the Yugoslav wars. Croatia is active in peacekeeping operations and post-conflict recovery.

Working Holiday Scheme

Information on New Zealand’s Working Holiday Scheme with Croatia(external link) is available on the Immigration New Zealand website.


New Zealand’s trade with Croatia is available on the New Zealand Trade Dashboard(external link).

As Croatia is a European Union member state, the EU-NZ FTA will apply to trade between Croatia and New Zealand following ratification and entry into force


Recent official visits

New Zealand to Croatia

  • July 2014: Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully visited Dubrovnik for the Croatia Forum
  • July 2013: Social Development Minister Paula Bennett visited

Croatia to New Zealand

  • August 2017: President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović visited
  • March 2014: Prime Minister Zoran Milanović and Defence Minister Ante Kotromanović visited


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