Your Stay at the MTC

New Zealand

We are very excited about your future arrival at the New Zealand Missionary Training Center. We hope that this information will be helpful as you make your final arrival preparations.

When should I arrive at the MTC?

Your travel to the MTC will be arranged by the travel coordinator for your area or by the mission in that area. Upon arriving at the Auckland Airport, you will be met by the MTC driver as you clear Immigration and Customs. Do not make plans to meet with family members or friends upon your arrival unless it was pre-arranged for special reasons through travel coordinators and the MTC.  You will be transported to the MTC by the driver. Should your flight arrive earlier than scheduled, you are to wait in the arrival area until the MTC driver arrives. The MTC can be contacted at this number: 09-263-2400 or the 0800 number on your travel document.

Arrival day is Thursday throughout the day, depending on flight times. If you are driving to the New Zealand MTC, you will be contacted by the MTC receptionist to schedule a specific time for your arrival. Arrivals usually begin at 12:30 p.m. and continue to 2:00 p.m. It is very important that you come at your scheduled time.

What preparations are necessary before entering the MTC?

Your mission begins when you enter the missionary training center (MTC). You must complete all preparations before entering the MTC, including the purchase of all clothing and personal items. Personal time is extremely limited. You will not be able to leave the MTC to shop.

You should enter the MTC healthy, having already taken care of all health-related matters, including dental and eye exams and follow-up treatment. Complete all medical tests requested on the Missionary Immunization/Preventive Medication Requirements form. (You or those providing for your support must pay for pre-mission medical conditions, including dental and eye care.)

You should be set apart as a full-time missionary by your stake president and, if you desire, receive a father's blessing and/or patriarchal blessing before your arrival at the MTC. You are encouraged to bring a copy of your patriarchal blessing with you.

Please make certain your individual membership record is complete with all ordinations, as well as your baptism and confirmation. Your membership record should match your legal name on your birth certificate and/or passport.

What should I bring to the MTC?

Bring the following when you come to the MTC:

  • Items on the mission clothing list sent from the Missionary Department
  • Soap and towel
  • Appropriate exercise clothing (one exercise period per day and daily laundry facilities)
  • Warm clothing (if you will be at the MTC during the winter months)
  • At least one suit (for elders), dark in color
  • Current temple recommend
  • Money for personal items
  • Government-issued photo ID (such as, driver's license, passport, military ID, and so on). This ID is required by airport authorities.
  • A copy of your completed Missionary Immunization/Preventive Medication Requirements form
  • Money for required immunizations not received before entering the MTC

Please put your name on all clothing, luggage, and other belongings.

Where should I report?

Report to the missionary training center dressed in missionary attire with a proper missionary haircut.

Missionary Training Center
19 Redoubt Road
Goodwood Heights
Manaukau City 2105
New Zealand

How should I be dressed for my arrival?

Regular missionary attire is the standard for dress at the MTC. Elders should be sure to wear a suit coat on the day of their arrival and at all times unless directed otherwise. For more information on missionary dress and grooming, please refer to your call packet or see dress and grooming guidelines.

What supplies and services will the MTC provide?

All bedding supplies and meals are provided. Laundry facilities and a barber are also available.

How will my expenses be handled?

You do not need to bring money to the MTC for room and board, training materials, laundry, or haircuts. Other essential personal care items will be provided when needed. However, you must provide your own spending money for miscellaneous expenses, such as snacks.

Currency exchange is available at the front office five days per week (Monday to Friday) during office hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

May my family come to the MTC? 

On your scheduled arrival date, several other new missionaries will be arriving at the MTC within a very short period of time. Because of the number of missionaries, only one vehicle per missionary family will be able to enter the MTC grounds to drop you off. This vehicle should contain yourself, your luggage, and a few members of your immediate family. Other family members and friends will not be able to drive in, nor walk on to the MTC campus.

As such, it would be most helpful to this intake process if you would have your farewell activities with family and friends prior to your arrival at the MTC. You will only have a few brief moments for a quick farewell upon arrival at the MTC.

May I have visitors at the MTC?

Your training schedule will not allow time for visits from family or friends. Please advise your family not to request visits, because such visits would distract you and your companion from your training. Please do not meet your family or friends at the temple at any time. Church leaders have also asked that missionaries not be excused from the MTC to attend funerals, marriages, farewells, baptisms, or other family events. While you are at the MTC, all communications with family and others should be limited to weekly letters and/or weekly family e-mails.

May my family deliver packages to the MTC?

You may receive packages, but only during regular business hours and days of the MTC administration staff: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Is it possible to receive immunizations at the MTC?

You should receive all required immunizations before entering the MTC. However, you will be able to purchase required immunizations at the MTC if necessary. Be aware that injections in New Zealand are very expensive. Please be prepared to pay for such immunizations.

What about travel from the MTC to the mission field?

The Church Travel Department will handle arrangements for your travel to the field. They will also give you official passport and visa instructions. You must follow these instructions carefully. You may be requested to send certain documents required for a visa. If you do not submit these documents by the requested date, your departure to the field may be delayed. Your departure may also be delayed because visas to certain countries are difficult to obtain.