Where to Renew the Philippine Passport in New Zealand

As foreign nationals in New Zealand, it is important to us migrants to keep our most significant primary identification document valid at all times. When our passports are valid for only six more months, it is time to renew it. In this blog I am going to share with you where to renew the Philippine passport in New Zealand.

The only place you can renew your passport in New Zealand at any time of the year (excluding holidays) is the Philippine Embassy in Wellington. We have two more consulates in Auckland and in Christchurch but these offices do not have the equipment for data capturing.

Please excuse my shitty photo-capturing skills.
Contact information of the Philippine Embassy in Wellington

Office Hours (Consular Services): Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Address: 50 Hobson Street, Thorndon, Wellington 6011 New Zealand
TEMPORARY ADDRESS (starting 30 October 2017): Level 1, 95 Thorndon Quay, Thorndon, Wellington 6011 New Zealand
Phone Numbers: +64 4 890 3741; +64 4 890 3742; +64 4 890 3744
Fax Number: +64 4 890 3740
Mobile Phone Number (24/7 Emergency Hotline): +64 22 074 6517
Email: embassy@wellington-pe.co.nz
Website: https://philembassy.org.nz/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineEmbassyWellingtonNewZealand
Note: Replace +64 with 0 if calling within New Zealand; drop the area code 04 if calling within Wellington

When coming from the airport, you can use Bus 91 or more commonly known as the Airport Flyer to arrive within the vicinity of the Embassy. If I remember correctly, you have to alight at Molesworth Street – New World and walk to the Embassy for 7 to 10 minutes. Please check MetLink for more accurate information if commuting within Wellington.

What if you do not live in Wellington? The most question most asked is “can you just mail the requirements to renew the passport?” The answer is no. Part of the data capturing is taking the passport renewal applicant’s picture so a personal appearance is required.

If you physically cannot go to Wellington, the Philippine Embassy in Wellington has a Mobile Consular Team assembled to visit other cities and localities in New Zealand, Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga, and offer consular services to Filipinos within their home cities.

Mobile Consular Services in Christchurch in March 2017
Mobile Consular Services Christchurch in March 2017

The Philippine Embassy in Wellington usually announce their outreach missions at the start of the year on their website so you can plan ahead. You can find the 2017 schedule of the outreach missions from this page.

They also have a Facebook page where you also can check for announcements. It will be good to set a reminder to check their website or their Facebook page a few weeks before the Mobile Consular Team arrives in your city as by that time they would also open the appointments website for booking and annouce the location of the consular services. I believe they would not accommodate you if you do not make a booking and slots do get filled fast. Not as fast as filling the Philippine Working Holiday Scheme slots, but still fast.

As proof of the Embassy and the Department of Foreign Affairs not letting me down, here is a photograph of my new Philippine passport’s first page. Looks neat right?

Renew Philippine Passport in Wellington
Photo of my passport renewed in Wellington

7 Replies to “Where to Renew the Philippine Passport in New Zealand”

  1. Where is the nearest office of DFA here in Canterbury area to renew my passport. Im living in Ashburton area. Thanks.

    1. Hi Luisito

      There are no DFA passport offices outside the Philippines, there are none that I know of. Embassies only administer the data capturing for passport applications but they still send these applications to DFA in the Philippines for processing.

      If you want to renew your passport, please take note of the mobile consular services scheduled for 2018. https://www.philembassy.org.nz/advisory-consular-services-year-2018

      They will be in Ashburton in March 2018, please check the Philippine Embassy in Wellington Facebook page for announcements.

      https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineEmbassyWellingtonNewZealand/

  2. hello sir,mom ask ko lng kung saan ako pwedi mag renew ng passport ko na mas malapit sa place ko …dto kc ako sa matamata waikato

    1. Hi Sam

      They will take it, punch holes on the sides, and return it with the new passport.

      If you still need it for something, you can choose to send it to the embassy later when you’re notified the new passport is ready.

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