Variation of travel conditions and giving birth for Australians in NZ
Hello, I have two questions.
We are an Australian couple and we would like to give birth in NZ. What would be the steps in terms of finding a midwife or registering with a hospital? Do we just show up at the hospital and that's it?
Second question is about the "variation of travel conditions". I understand that residence is automatically given to Australians upon entry and we can apply for "variation of travel conditions" in order to leave NZ and enable continuation of our residence visa. As we were thinking of applying for formal permanent residence in NZ how long can we stay out of NZ under this "variation of travel conditions"?
I read that it can be granted for even two years. Does that mean that we could obtain the residence in NZ, have the "variation of travel conditions" granted, be out of NZ for a bit less than two years, then come back and obtain the permanent residence?
Thanks for your help.