Queenstown Airport is about to be staffed by immigration officers year-round for the first time.
Immigration New Zealand border national manager Senta Jehle says until now immigration officers have been posted to Queenstown only during the peak tourist season.
Immigration issues at other times of the year have handled remotely with the help of Customs staff.
But in a move had been prompted by record-breaking visitor numbers, the government has earmarked $33 million for an extra 36 staff, including border officers, at Queenstown, Christchurch and Auckland airports.
A decision on the number of officers to be based at the airport had yet to be made.
In the year to March, 322,328 international passengers passed through Queenstown Airport, up 27.6% on the corresponding period last year.
Otago Daily Times