Prime Minister John Key has announced he'll travel to Laos next week for the East Asia Summit and then head to the Federated States of Micronesia for the Pacific Island Forum's leaders meeting.
The summit brings together leaders from across the Asia-Pacific and Mr Key says counter terrorism and maritime security will be on the agenda.
"It also provides an excellent opportunity to meet with the leaders of some of our most important economic and security partners to further those ties," he said.
The Pacific Island Forum leaders meeting takes place in Pohnpei this year and Mr Key says discussions will focus on regional issues including climate change, economic integration and sustainable fisheries management.
Mr Key leaves for Laos on September 6 and returns on September 11.