The reason rowdy tourists can't be deported just yet

The unruly group of holidaymakers causing disruption across New Zealand can't be kicked out of the country just yet.

The group, understood to be British, were served with a Deportation Liability Notice (DLN) in Hamilton on Tuesday and may not be allowed back into New Zealand for at least five years.

However that didn't stop them from moving down south to stop off in Levin on Thursday and make their way to Wellington where it's understood they're located now.

A female member of the group, 26-year-old Tina Marie Cash, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft in the Hamilton District Court on Tuesday. The tourists have also been accused of littering and scamming their way out of paying for meals.

But despite their anti-social behaviour, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) isn't able to kick them out of the country just yet, a spokesperson told Newshub.

"Section 157(5) of the Immigration Act 2009 provides for temporary visa holders to be issued with a DLN on a number of grounds, including matters relating to character," the spokesperson said.

"Deportation Liability Notice is the first stage in the deportation process and activates the individual's appeal rights.

"During this appeal period, the individual cannot be deported from the country, unless they agree to waive their appeal rights. Once an individual's appeal rights expire, INZ may serve the individual with a Deportation Order."

Simon Laurent, principal for Laurent Law, told Newshub the section of the Immigration Act referring to "other matters relating to character" can be applied if complaints have been raised about the visitors.

Having been served a DLN, Mr Laurent said there would be a "prohibition on them coming back into the country".

"Whenever they apply for a visa for anywhere else, or they try to enter some other country and they're asked if they have ever been deported, they're going to have to say yes, and they could be stopped at the border."

The tourists now have two weeks to give INZ a good reason why they shouldn't be deported if they wish to stay.

They also have four weeks after receiving the deportation liability notice to appeal the deportation to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal on humanitarian grounds. The Tribunal is like a court, and it's independent of INZ.

However, anyone considered a security risk to New Zealand has not appeal rights.

The carnage traces back to Sunday when the group of travellers, initially thought to be Irish, were confronted by a group of beachgoers at Auckland's Takapuna Beach after allegedly leaving a huge pile of rubbish behind.

The reason rowdy tourists can't be deported just yet
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The young woman who approached them, Aucklander Krista Curnow, told Newshub on Monday she felt threatened by members of the group, and video she posted showed a young boy telling her he'd knock her brains out.

The incident struck a nerve with New Zealanders, with many calling for the holidaymakers to be deported from the country.

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