Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand & the Netherlands

The Netherlands and New Zealand have strong and steady mutual trade relationships. This relationship is strengthened by the large Dutch community who has settled in New Zeland from the fifities onwards, establishing a base upon which many entrepreneurs primarily in the agricultural sector now flourish. Both countries have many common cultural and societal values and share a history of cooperation on important international issues.

The Netherlands is the 21st bilateral trading partner of New Zealand in terms of value. In past years, New Zealand has a surplus on the trade balance with the Netherlands; the value of New Zealand’s export to the Netherlands is higher than the value of imports from the Netherlands.

The following table gives an overview of export to and import from the Netherlands (in € millions):

NZ trade with the Netherlands




Export to NL




Import from NL




New Zealand mainly exports primary products to the Netherlands; (sheep) meat, fruit, seeds, wood and aluminium. New Zealand imports from the Netherlands consist of industrial machinery and chemicals.

The Netherlands is the 5th largest investor in New Zealand and - the largest European investor. Total investments from the Netherlands in New Zealand in 2012 amounted to 2,652 million NZ$, which is 3,8% of total foreign direct investments into New Zealand. The Lion’s share (80%) of Dutch foreign direct investment in New Zealand can be divided over four sectors: mining, industrial production, wholesale and ICT.

See The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland) and The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) for practical information on investing in the Netherlands.