Departure fee – most annoying thing in New Zealand

exit fee New Zealand
UPDATE 2012click here for latest update about departure tax  in New Zealand. The fee is scarped from most airports in New Zealand.

In last 3 years I been on and off New Zealand for may be 10 times. I always have great time there, but one thing really annoys every time I am coming to airport to catch my out bound flight. For all international departures you need to pay departure tax (currently it is 25$NZ).
It looks small charge comparing with amount of money you already spent in the country. That is the thing I can’t understand – they collect so much taxes from all tourist industry, as it is expensive country to travel, and it still not enough and just want to ruin all your final memories about New Zealand. Small thing, but I am sure will be remembered by most of tourists. Especially the waiting in whose long lines to pay that fee.

Gladly at least in Auckland airport you don’t need to pay this fee, but keep 25$NZ in you pocket if you are flying out from any other airport in New Zealand.